Phil Taylor to stop skilled darts after PDC world championships
Phil Taylor stated 2017 will likely be his final yr on the skilled circuit. The 16-times world champion and the undisputed best participant in historical past confirmed his resolution earlier than the Masters occasion in Milton Keynes that began on Friday evening.
The 56-year-old stands alone as the person to have carried out greater than anybody to make darts the drive it’s at this time.
The Skilled Darts Company tweeted Taylor’s resolution, saying: “Phil Taylor confirms that 2017 will likely be his closing yr on the PDC Circuit.”
Taylor will embark on what’s more likely to be a celebratory farewell tour which can wind up on the world championships at Alexandra Palace on the finish of the 12 months.
The Burslem man, who gained the primary of his world titles in 1990, had made little secret of his desperation to win a 17th crown there earlier this month. A crushing quarter-final defeat to his long-time foe Raymond van Barneveld put paid to that ambition and he needed to watch as Michael van Gerwen – the inheritor to his throne – beat Gary Anderson within the ultimate.
Taylor, so accustomed to holding the No1 rating, is sixth on this planet and stays one of many sport’s main forces.
“It’s the final yr for me, it will most likely be my final Masters so on the finish of the 12 months, that’s me completed,” he advised ITV Sport. “The world championship will probably be my final one and I’m wanting ahead to it now, I’m actually trying ahead to it. Final one, January, that’s it, no extra.”