Phil Taylor announces retirement

Phil Taylor announces retirement

Darts Powerhouse Phil Taylor has announced it will be his last year on the darts circuit.

The sixteen-time world champion revealed live on ITV4 during The Masters coverage on Friday night that he would be hanging up his arrows at the end of the year.

The Power is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and will be a huge loss to a sport he has played a big role in growing.

Some thought the 56-year-old would call it a day when he lost to Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals of the World Championships last month. But he has decided to give the world title one last shot before calling it a day.

Taylor told ITV4: "It’s the last year for me so this will be my last Masters. The World Championship will be my last one. I can enjoy it more. I'm more excited now and it's ever so strange.".

"I've got butterflies, whereas I didn't have that before. I'm looking forward to the next 10 months," added The Power.

Taylor was speaking before beating Michael Smith to make the Masters quarter-finals in Milton Keynes.

Now ranked number six in the world, Taylor has also won 15 World Matchplays and the World Grand Prix 11 times.