RONNIE BAXTER defeated Phil Taylor 6-2 to win the Las Vegas Players Championship.
Baxter picked up his first tournament win of 2009 with the £6,000 title at the Mandalay Bay Resort, condemning Taylor to only his second Players Championship loss of the year with a fine display.
Having been pushed all the way to a deciding leg by Japan's Morihiro Hashimoto in the first round, he then defeated Davis Snider, Wayne Mardle, Kevin Painter and John Part to reach the semi-finals.
Phil Taylor 6-2 Gary Anderson
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Peter Wright
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Phil Taylor