Phil Taylor has vowed to bounce back following a disappointing showing at the inaugural World Seniors Championship, claiming he was ‘embarrassed’ by his own performance.
‘The Power’ headlined a star-studded 24-player line-up at the Circus Tavern, in his first televised outing since losing to Rob Cross in the 2018 PDC world final.
The 16-time world champion was a strong pre-tournament favourite with the bookmakers, but he struggled throughout the weekend, losing out to Kevin Painter in a one-sided quarter-final tussle.
The Stoke-on-Trent veteran opened his campaign with a 3-1 win over his old adversary Peter Manley on Friday night, despite posting a modest 81.29 average.
The 61-year-old was then resoundingly beaten by an impressive Painter in the last eight, with ‘The Artist’ winning nine of the 12 legs played to secure just his second victory over Taylor in 34 meetings.
“I’m not the player I was, I’m still 16-time world champion but to be honest, I’ve got the right hump because I’ve embarrassed myself in front of people who have paid good money to see me,” Taylor told Online Darts post-match.
“The only thing I can promise is you will not see me play like that again. It was the first time that I was on stage and I was sweating, I was red hot.”
Taylor will have the opportunity to make amends at the World Seniors Masters in May, and he’s vowed to ‘put it right’ or step away from the sport for good.
“I was throwing some lovely darts and then getting big 1s after that. I’m not doing that again. If I don’t put it right, I’ll retire fully.”
“I’ve got a few months now so I’ll be ready for that one. Whoever supports me, whoever gambles on me, I’ll be ready.”