Phil Taylor

Last Updated: 10/12/13 12:44pm

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Taylor: A 16-time world champion

Taylor: A 16-time world champion

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The greatest darts player of all time will be chasing an incredible 17th world title when he heads to Alexandra Palace this year.

Major titles

World Championship (16 times), World Masters (once), World Matchplay (13 times), World Grand Prix (10 times), Grand Slam (four times), Premier League (six times), Las Vegas Desert Classic (five times), European Championship (four times), UK Open (four times), US Open (four times), Players' Championship Final (three times), World Cup (once)

For those that thought The Power was slowing down - think again as he's been as dominant in the majors this year as he ever has been before in his illustrious career.

The 53-year-old picked up his first in 1990 when thrashing mentor Eric Bristow and reeled off eight more during an incredible spell of dominance between 1995 and 2002.

Defeat in 2003 was a one-off blip as he bagged another hat-trick between 2004 and 2006 and further titles would follow in 2009 and 2010

After losing out in 2011 and 2012 there was a feeling that his incredible run was over and Taylor seemed destined for a third straight blank last year when trailing new Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen 4-2 in the final.

Fact box

  • Date of birth: 13.08.60
  • Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Nickname: The Power
  • World Championship best: Winner (16 times)
  • Walk-on music: The Power

But showing the incredible fighting spirit that has kept him at the top for so long, Taylor reeled off five straight sets to put his name on the trophy yet again.

Taylor, whose decorated CV also includes 13 World Matchplay titles, sits well clear at the top of the current PDC Order of Merit and will once again be the hot favourite to take victory.

Eleven years ago Taylor also hit the first live nine-dart leg on Sky Sports during the 2002 World Matchplay. He's never managed it in the PDC World Championship so that remains just about the last box to tick in his incredible career.

He even hit two nine-darters just one match - the Premier League final when he defeated James Wade to make yet more darting history.

In 2013, Taylor has been right back at his best and has hoovered up all the major titles apart from the Premier League with wins in the World Matchplay, UK Open, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam following on from his Ally Pally success in January.

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