16-Time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor Announces Shock Retirement News
For decades now, Phil 'The Power' Taylor has dominated the darting circuit but after winning 16 World Championships and six PDC Player of the Year awards, the 56-year-old has announced his retirement plans.
Following his defeat to Raymond van Barneveld at the World Championships over the New Year period, Taylor said: "It's my last year so I'm not going to put myself under too much pressure - I don't worry about it anymore. I think competitive-wise [this will be my last year]."
As well as 16 World titles, Taylor won 216 professional tournaments during his incredible career, including 84 major titles, but 2017 could be the end for the Stoke-On-Trent born champion.
Days after the Van Barneveld defeat, Taylor said:
"Whatever I earn at the end of this year that will go towards my rankings and if that qualifies me for anything in 2018 then I will play, if not then I'll bow out."
"I will still do the Premier League if I'm invited but I can't chase the points like these youngsters do now."
If you're like me, and you've watched Darts for years and years, you simply cannot imagine the Sport without Phil Taylor.