Grand Prix of Darts 2013: Phil Taylor Proves He's Greatest to Ever Live

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30:  Phil Taylor of England in action during his quarter-final match against Paul Nicholson of England during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters at Luna Park on August 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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When it comes to professional darts, there are few players who have ever dominated as Phil Taylor has. The 53-year-old has traveled the world, taking part in tournaments on every continent en route to an undeniable distinction as one of the best in his craft's history.

After winning the 2013 World Grand Prix of Darts, Taylor has affirmed his status as the greatest to ever live.

Taylor dropped just three sets en route to the Grand Prix title, taking down Jamie Caven, Paul Nicholson, Gary Anderson, James Wade and David Chisnall in the process. Taylor defeated Chisnall in the final by a count of 6-0 in a best-of-11 set match.

In turn, Taylor has become nothing short of extraordinarily decorated.

That's debatable, but no one can question that Taylor is the king of darts.

Taylor was the No. 1 ranked player in the Grand Prix, and throughout the course of his dominant run, he showed why. Not only is he a legend in his craft, but he's still on top of what he does as young competitors rise.

Plain and simple, you can't debate brilliance.

Taylor has dominated the Professional Darts Corporation, also known as the PDC, after winning four majors in the British Darts Organisation. Since joining the PDC, he's become a pure-and-utter legend with victories at every event you could think of.


In 2013 alone, Taylor has won all three major tournaments: the World Darts Championship, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix. Taylor now needs to win at the Grand Slam to win his fourth major championship in 2013.

That shouldn't be too surprising.

Taylor has 14 titles at the World Darts Championship, another 14 at the World Matchplay, 11 at the World Grand Prix and four at the Grand Slam. He won the four major events in 2009 and now has 73 titles in 80 finals appearances in the PDC.

Truth be told, there isn't much of a close second.

Taylor has already been inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame and was named the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. His rise to fame is unparalleled and, until someone disproves the theory, he's the greatest darts player to ever live.

Taylor's win at the Grand Prix of Darts does nothing but confirm that he's still on top.