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Love Him or Hate Him……A Legend of Darts

Posted on November 29, 2017 by htdarts

This season sees the end of the career and retirement of one of the most celebrated darts players of all time. Phil Taylor, known widely as ‘The Power’, his accolades speak for themselves. He begun to take darts seriously in 1986 after his wife bought him a darts set for their new home. By the end of the year he was selected for the county team and playing at Super League level. Eventually, after being sponsored by his local pub owner, Eric Bristow, his first tour proved unsuccessful as he travelled to Las Vegas and was beaten in the first round of the North American Open. Success followed shortly after as his first title came merely two years after he started playing darts, as he won the Canadian Open in 1988. After this, the rest as they say, is history. His career boasts 216 professional tournament wins, including 85 major titles and 16 World Championships. It’s easy to see why he is often considered the greatest darts player of all time.

This world championship shows the last competition of his career. Narrowly missing out on winning the Grand Slam of darts not so long ago, the tournament itself brought some of Taylor’s most controversial comments. Phil did not hold back in his opinions of his rivals and the competition itself. Referring to his opponents as ‘zombies’ and claiming that ‘without me there wouldn’t be a PDC’. The Power was unashamedly beaten by none other than Michael van Gerwen, ruining Taylor’s search for glory in the competition, 10 years after winning his first Grand Slam of Darts. Putting on a media show, Taylor certainly attempted to get under the skin of his opponents, specifically Daniel Gurney, claiming that this tactic worked perfectly. Taylor appeared to show MvG a little more respect, humbly losing to the man who went on to win the competition.

What an end to a marvellous career if Taylor proves successful in his final competition. The darts community will surely miss his talent, his personality and we all wish him the best of luck over here at High Tension.

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