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’”