reigning champion Phil Taylor was dumped out of the PartyPoker.net European Championship at the quarter-final stage by Brendan Dolan.
Taylor was never in the lead during the contest, which he eventually lost 10-6 at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany.
The 15-time world champion showed some uncharacteristically lax finishing early on, allowing Dolan to build a commanding 5-2 lead.
Taylor managed to slice the deficit down to two after 12 frames, but he never looked in control of the match: he was benefitting from Dolan’s mistakes, rather than upping his own game.
Dolan sapped the fight from Taylor in the 15th, checking out 82 to move 9-6 up, before a double-eight finish in the 16th won him the match.
In the other completed quarter-final, Wes Newton beat Andy Hamilton 10-7