DARTS: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor wants even more glory

But you can now add ‘greedy’ to that list after ‘The Power’ told 7DAYS he’s got at least two more World Championship titles left in him.

The all-time great has already racked up an astounding 16 world crowns – the latest won just earlier this month after a 7-4 victory over the Netherlands’ Michael van Gerwen in the final – and he sees no reason why he cannot win even more.

“I think I can get another two or three [titles]. I think I can still do it, so long as I keep myself fit and healthy,” the 52-year-old said. “At the start of my career I would have never believed it in a million years I’d win this many. I knew I was good and could win the World Championship but I never knew in a million years I’d be this good or this consistent. The thing is I’ve been very consistent over a number of years.”

It seems obvious to say it, but anyone with 16 world titles is clearly very good. But what makes ‘The Power’s’ record even more jaw-dropping is the fact he’s still fending off a young guard he inspired to take up the game.

Even with the growth of darts around the globe and the rise in people taking up the sport, he’s still the master, with everyone else apprentices. Van Gerwen is one of many up-and-coming talents ready to knock Taylor off his perch and the sight of young guns on the oche contrasts a lot with the old perception of darts as a pub game played by drunk, fat middle-aged men.

“Since the early 1980s the sport’s changed 100 per cent,” he said. “Now all the players are copying me, that’s why they’re becoming [very] good players.

“I go out there tell them how I do it and they’re doing it.” As you’d expect, Taylor’s not a man short on confidence and it’s fair to say he’s the ambassador for the ever-growing sport around the world. And he’s optimistic for the future of ‘feathers’ and excited about taking part in the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters on May 23-24. He’ll take on the other seven quarter-finalists from the World Championships at the Dubai Tennis Stadium in the first leg of the PDC World Series of Darts.

“The sport’s growing a lot, I was in Australia not long ago. I’ve done Japan China, Malaysia, and Manila – it’s getting massive. Millions around the word are going to be watching me play in this wonderful place, Dubai, and they’re going to be thinking I want a bit of that. You’re going to get inundated with darts players.”

And he’s revealed he’s got a very good incentive to win in Dubai. “All my family want to come, it’s going to cost me a fortune, I’ve got to win just to get my money back!”

One-day tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters cost dhs199 with early-bird season tickets to cover both days costing dhs299. Go to
www.irishvillage.ae or www.itp.net/tickets. For
information on corporate hospitality tables, go to www.1uae.ae or www.radar-world.com

DARTS: Phil 'The Power' Taylor wants even more glory

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