PHIL TAYLOR produced a scintillating night of darts to claim glory in the inaugural Zipang Casino Japan Darts Masters as he defeated plucky Peter Wright 8-7 in a thrilling final in Yokohama on Sunday.
Taylor followed up Saturday's win over Masumi Chino with victories over Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson and Wright to pick up his fourth PDC World Series of Darts title.
However, Taylor was pushed all the way at the Osanbashi Hall in Yokohama as the PDC's inaugural televised event in Japan produced a sensational second night of action.
LOZ RYDER has earned a spot in August's TABtouch Perth Darts Masters through the DPA Australian Grand Prix Order of Merit.
Ryder's successes on the DartPlayers Australia circuit so far this year saw him top the standings following last weekend's Australian Grand Prix double-header in Melbourne.
The Perth-based star will now join Simon Whitlock, Paul Nicholson and Kyle Anderson as an invited player for this year's World Series of Darts event at the HBF Stadium, which will be held from August 14-16.
MICHAEL SMITH has hailed his International Darts Open success as one of the highlights of his career.
The former World Youth Champion picked up his second PDC European Tour victory inside a year when he followed last year's triumph in Leipzig with a defeat of Benito van de Pas in Sunday's final in Riesa.
The £25,000 first prize catapults Smith into the world's top 16 for the first time in his career after moving him up to 14th in the world rankings.
Rob Modra Takes Final 6-4 over John Weber
Rob Modra 6-4 John Weber
John Weber vs. Bill Aitken
Loz Ryder vs. Rob Modra
Barry Ledington 5-6 John Weber
Bill Aitken 6-5 Mick Lacey
Loz Ryder 6-2 Matthew Francois
Harley Kemp 4-6 Rob Modra