Legendary record breaking, history making 16-time World Champion, Phil Taylor has decided to step away from darts after the 2024 season as 'The Power' has finally been shut off at the age of 63.
Taylor is considered the greatest of all time and was a big selling point behind the World Seniors Darts Tour (WSDT), but has failed to perform regularly losing and not being the same player he was when he retired in 2018 from the PDC.
Set for Sunderland farewell, still involved in exhibitions
'The Power' won 16 World titles, 16 World Matchplay titles, 11 World Grand Prix titles, six Grand Slam titles and six Premier League titles to establish himself as the best, with only Michael van Gerwen having any such similar dominance since his initial emergence.
Remaining involved with the WSDT as an ambassador, he will play his last tournament next November at the World Seniors Masters in Sunderland as well as exhibitions where 'The Power' remains a staple and one of the leading attractions.
He will also look to go out with a bang at the World Seniors Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern and give it one final go to have a fairytale farewell.
“I’ll always love performing to the best of my ability and I do still have that eye for it, but time waits for no man and I know now is the right time to step away and let someone else have a go. I’d like to thank Target and the World Seniors Darts Tour for their support in recent years and I look forward to a bit longer of a rest this time," said Taylor as per Target Darts.
“It’ll be my last World Championship and I want to win it! I’m going to be working just as hard as I always have and might even give it a bit more to make sure I can go out on top”.
Target Darts who announced the news also shared their praise towards Taylor with chairman, Garry Plummer saying:
"It’s a bittersweet day for Target Darts and our customers. Phil is a true sporting legend and has inspired players from all over the world to take up darts over the past 35 years.
“Phil is an excellent partner and friend, signing him was one of the most important business decisions we ever made. We look forward to many more years of collaboration & friendship even though he’s stepping away from the oche.”