Phil Taylor announces he will quit PDC tour after 2018 World Championships

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Sixteen-time world darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will leave the Professional Darts Corporation tour after the 2018 World Championships.

Hailing from Burslem, Taylor, 56, has spent more than 20 years on the circuit, winning 84 major titles and a record 16 World Championships.

The current world number six is still open to playing Premier League darts and in the World Series, although he will make a final decision next year.

“At the end of the year, that’s me done. The World Championship will be my last one,” Taylor said ahead of his Unibet Masters tie with Michael Smith on ITV, as per a report from the PDC.

“I’m looking forward to the next ten months. It’s harder for me to get motivated and keep the practising up like I’ve done for 30 years. It’s hard to be dedicated week-in and week-out and that’s what’s taken its toll on me.

“I’ll always be involved in darts anyway. I’ve had 30 years of being top of the tree. You’ve got Michael van Gerwen who’s going to take over, and embrace him and let him be the new ambassador.”

Taylor’s haul of 14 PDC world titles is a record for the organisation. He won eight consecutively between 1995 and 2002, but hasn’t won the tournament since 2013.

Since then, his best finish came in the most recent World Championships at Alexandra Palace, when he reached the quarter-finals before suffering a 5-3 defeat to his old rival Raymond van Barneveld.

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