Phil Taylor said he channeled the spirit of legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell as he beat Michael van Gerwen in the World Darts Championship final to clinch his 16th world title.

'The Power' battled back from 2-0 and 4-2 down to prevail 7-4 against the 23-year-old Dutchman, who was victorious in their two previous meetings.

phil taylor

The crowd chanted the late Waddell's name during the final and Taylor hailed the darts great when presented with the trophy.

"I'm the proudest man in the world at the moment," said Taylor, who received a winner's cheque for £200,000.

Loading Slideshow...
  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Dan Waddell, the son of the late Sid Waddell, presents Phil Taylor of England with the trophy after he won the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship - Day Fourteen

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Phil Taylor of England celebrates winning the third set during his semi final match against Raymond van Barneveld of the Netherlands on day fourteen of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with kisses the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-DARTS-WORLD

    Phil Taylor of Britain (R) reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen (L) of the Netherlands, at Alexandra Palace in north London on January 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 1: Phil Taylor of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the 2013 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor gives the trophy a firm kiss after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and son of the late Sid Waddell, Dan with the trophy after Phil won the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates as Michael van Gerwen looks on during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor is congratulated by the late Sid Waddell's son Dan after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen (right) during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning another set against Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor reacts after losing the second set during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the fourth set against Michael van Gerwen during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates winning the fourth during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to go onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fifteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to go onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Final at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Phil Taylor Filer

    File photo dated 30/12/2012 of Raymond van Barneveld going to congratulate Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Eight - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in relaxed mood during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Raymond van Barneveld is held back by security after his loss to Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld continue arguing after their match during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates his win over Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates as Raymond van Barneveld looks dejected during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates defeating Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor argues with Raymond van Barneveld during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor (left) and Raymond van Barneveld in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to walk onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Fourteen - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor waits to walk onto the oche during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor on his way to beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action against Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Andy Hamilton in action against Phil Taylor during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor in action against Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

  • Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championships - Day Twelve - Alexandra Palace

    Phil Taylor celebrates beating Andy Hamilton during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

"There was a 180 when the crowd were singing Sid Waddell's name and I looked up and thought he'd put that in for me.

"I'm world champion again and I'm so happy."

He added: "Sid was like a father figure to me - he was my biggest fan, Sid was. I loved him to bits. I am absolutely over the moon. I can't explain how I feel. It's the biggest night of my life."

Darts' unlikeliest fan?


Chicharito Hernandez
Come on TAYLOR!!!!