On writing my debut article about darts, there is only one man, one subject that you or any other person connected with the sport cannot avoid, Phil Taylor.
This article comes off the back of yet another amazing series of wins for Taylor. Since being defeated by Paul Nicholson at the Players Championship in January, ‘The Power’ has triumphed at every major TV event this season, more recently taking his 11thWorld Matchplay title in Blackpool and a 3rd successive European Championship this past weekend in Germany.
Taylor will be looking to finish off the year in style by taking the Grand Slam of darts in November for the 4th consecutive year since the tournament began and then all eyes will be on Alexandra Palace, London for the main event, The World Championship.
If Phil succeeds in taking the championship for the 16th time then let’s face it, will we really be surprised.
Phil has dominated the sport since he qualified for his first World Championship in 1990, where he met and defeated his mentor, Eric Bristow to take the title.
Since the PDC formed and have continued to grow as a world class organisation over recent years, so has Phil Taylor. Hand in hand they have taken the game of darts to a new level both in quality and commercially.
For me the most impressive thing about Phil Taylor is not the fact he has become the first millionaire of darts, or even that last year’s tax bill for his earnings would be 2nd place in the order of merit! It is his dedication and willingness to improve and continue winning and breaking records.
He is continually experimenting with his equipment, looking for that bit extra and 9 times out of 10 it pays off, as can be seen with the unbelievable 2x nine-dart finishes in the final of the Premier League this year.
Phil Taylor has dominated darts more than any other sportsman in their field and as he approaches his 50th birthday there is no sign of him wavering, in fact he is looking stronger and hungrier than ever.
I’m sure with the hunger and determination that he possesses, his next target will be 20 world titles, and who would bet against him?