He has done it!
The remarkable Gary Anderson has made it back-to-back World Championship crowns on a dramatic night at the Alexandra Palace as he beat Adrian Lewis by 7 sets to 5.
A magical night indeed for the Team Unicorn star. He is one of the greats of the sport as he collects the Sid Waddell Trophy for the second straight year, a cheque for £300,000 and a place in the history books.
It was compelling throughout but Anderson was just brilliant when it really mattered. There were 34 x 180s in the final - a world record - and Gary took the spoils in style.
"I had to really dig in. I guess it wasn't spectacular but it felt dramatic. Adrian played superbly but I kept thinking that I don't want to give up the trophy. It is a special moment."
To win back-to-back World Championships is a fabulous fabulous achievement.
It ebbed and flowed for two electrifying hours.
"It is a real honour to do this," Anderson added. "The Sid Waddell Trophy means so very much and it will take a little time for all this to sink in."
Gary came from behind to clinch it. He made the worst possible start losing the opening set in three straights legs averaging 79! We knew he would get better and he did, levelling the match with two 11 darters in the second set.
The Scot took set three with a 75 finish and possibly should have been 3-1 and maybe 4-1 in front. He miscounted when looking to break Lewis and then put in one of his worst legs of the match in a fifth set decider to allow Lewis to open a 3-2 lead.
Anderson was clearly annoyed. He hit back brilliantly as he won the next three sets in double quick time. A terrific 86 finish on the bull won him set six and he raced through the next two to hurt his opponent.
It was all about keeping his cool in a real Ally Pally pressure cooker. Four sets were won in three straight legs!
Lewis nailed a 121 finish on his way to the 9th set but Anderson took out 84, broke on D12 and then made it six sets to four with a 108 check-out.
The Stoke man won the 11th set without reply and it looked like we may have been going the distance when he hit back-to-back 180s on his way to breaking the Anderson throw at the start of the 12th set.
But the Unicorn ace saved the best for last! He broke back with a 64 finish and then came a sensational 170 check-out. It was an amazing shot. Anderson then banged in a 15th 180 and just like last year, he won the title on D12.
"I will celebrate with a cup of coffee and put my feet up," he said. "I am very proud to win the World Championship again. It's time to take some time off!"
Anderson averaged just shy of 100. The 34 x 180s is a record number of maximums in a game in the history of the sport!
World Championship Final:
Gary Anderson 7-5 Adrian Lewis
• Meanwhile young Unicorn star Michael Smith has been selected to make his debut at the 2016 Premier League. The top 10 in the world have been selected for the tournament. Smith will of course be joined by fellow Team Unicorn stars Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade.....Michael van Gerwen, Lewis, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright and Robert Thornton make up the chosen 10
Story by STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC