Tonight we might witness the last chapter of darts-history that the legendary Phil Taylor will ever write. The sixteen-times world champion from Stoke-on-Trent will face the Scotsman Peter Wright in the final of the World Matchplay. It’s probably his last chance to win another major tournament.
The announcement hit us hart even though we’ve had to be expecting it for years now. After last year’s World Championship and his loss in the quarter-finals against Raymond van Barneveld, Taylor told the media that the next World Championship in December 2017 will be his last. Darts will lose his biggest legend ever after 56-year-old Philip Douglas Taylor will have thrown his last dart on a cold winter night at Alexandra Palace.
And seeing how strong the competition inside the top twenty of the PDC’s Order of Merit has become, this last dart will very unlikely be thrown in the final on the 1st of January 2018. We’ll probably have to farewell “The Power” a few days before and not with the splendour he’d deserve.
Watch what Phil Taylor says before the big game:
Not only with his 16 titles at World Championships, Taylor wrote his name into the history books of this unique sport forever. Taylor was among the few darts players who founded the PDC, the professional darts corporation. Without this organization, the sport would still have failed to emancipate and to reach its current level of popularity and acknowledgement as a serious sport rather than a pub game.
Now today, Taylor has the chance to farewell with a blast. Realistically, he won’t make it to the final at the World Championship, as sad as it is. But today, at his beloved World Matchplay that he’s won incredible 15 times since 1995, Taylor might win the second biggest tournament of the season. What a farewell that would be.
Admired by the crowds like noone else: There’s only one Phil Taylor
Undoubtedly, his career would be glorious enough without this win. But being able to show that he leaves still at his best and has not become a fading star on the skies of the PDC-tour, would clearly be the least he deserves. And after a magnificent tournament, where the doyen has beaten the young generation around the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis, an almost cheesy last chapter could be added to the Taylor-story.
Come on Power, make us walk in the Taylor Wonderland for one last time.
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