Taylor: “I’ve been a little bit bitter”

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Phil Taylor has admitted that some of his recent criticism towards fellow professionals has been unjustified, before revealing that ‘the fire is gone’ in a candid interview following his first-round World Championship victory at the Alexandra Palace on Friday evening. Continue reading “Taylor: “I’ve been a little bit bitter””

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Phil Taylor to miss out on next month’s UK Open!

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Five-time UK Open winner Phil Taylor will not feature at the televised Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead next month, after choosing not to enter any of the six qualification events in Wigan.

‘The Power’ skipped the opening qualification triple-header at the Robin Park Tennis Centre last weekend, and the entries for the final three events, which take place this weekend; confirmed Taylor’s absence.

The 16-time world champion has significantly scaled down his Pro Tour involvement over recent years, and he revealed last month that 2017 would be his last year on the professional circuit.

Taylor missed out on the Players Championship Finals in Minehead last November, and that was the first TV major Taylor had missed in the history of the PDC. Nevertheless, given his reluctance to compete on the Pro Tour, the 56-year-old could also be set to miss out on the European Championship and Players Championship Finals later this year. Continue reading “Phil Taylor to miss out on next month’s UK Open!”

OFFICIAL: Phil Taylor confirms his retirement!

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Phil Taylor has finally put an end to speculation surrounding his future by announcing that he will retire from darts after the 2018 PDC World Championship. The 16-time world champion has been the subject of constant questioning over his future, particularly having scaled down his Pro Tour commitments over the last few years.

However, before his Unibet Masters first-round clash with Michael Smith on Friday evening, ‘The Power’ confirmed to ITV4 that 2017 will be his last full year on the professional circuit and that the 2018 World Championship at the Alexandra Palace will represent the final chapter of his astonishing career.

Taylor told ITV’s Dan Dawson: “2017 is the last year for me. The end of this year will be me done. The next World Championships will be the last one. I’m really looking forward to it. January 2018. That is it. No more.

“I can enjoy my darts more. I am excited. It’s strange. I have butterflies and didn’t have those before. It might do me good. I have new darts for the New Year. I am looking forward to the next 10 months.” Continue reading “OFFICIAL: Phil Taylor confirms his retirement!”

Taylor: ‘It’s my last year so I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure’

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Phil Taylor has admitted that 2017 could prove to be the final year of his extraordinary darting career. The 16-time world champion has fallen to sixth on the PDC Order of Merit and needed a wildcard to make the cut for this year’s Premier League, and Taylor admits he could call time on his career within the next twelve months.

Taylor was speaking at the PDC’s annual awards dinner at the Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday evening, and he told Sky Sports New HQ: “It’s my last year so I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure. I don’t worry about it now. I go up there nice and relaxed.

If I win, I win. If I don’t it’s not the end of the world anymore.  This is my last year competitive-wise; I think whatever I earn this year will then go towards my ranking and if that qualifies me for the year after, 2018, then I’ll play. If not then I’ll bow out,” Taylor added.

The 16-time world champion won the inaugural staging of the Champions League of Darts in September, which was the first PDC event to be broadcast live on the BBC. Taylor defeated Michael van Gerwen twice in two days to scoop the title and that subsequently saw him win the Televised Performance of the Year award last night.  Continue reading “Taylor: ‘It’s my last year so I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure’”

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