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Phil Taylor will continue his darts comeback when he competes in the World Seniors Masters at the legendary Lakeside venue.
The 16-time world champion retired following his run to the final of the 2018 PDC World Championships, where he lost to Rob Cross, but he got the tournament bug back during lockdown.
He announced his comeback and entry into the World Seniors Championships last year, saying at the time: “You'd better believe I'll be up for it. This has given me a reason to get out of bed in the morning again. After lockdown, there was a picture hanging on the living room wall where there used to be a dartboard.”
Taylor reached the quarter-finals at Frimley Green, where he bowed out to Kevin Painter. Next up is the World Seniors Masters at the end of this month, and the draw for the star-studded event has been made.
Taylor will enter the fray on the evening of Friday, May 27 against the winner of Paul Lim vs three-time world champion (two PDC, one BDO) John Part. A meeting between Taylor and Part would certainly be one for purists, bringing back memories of their rivalry during the 2000s. Taylor, as he did with most players during that time, usually had the upper hand, although Part memorably defeated The Power 7-6 in a thrilling PDC world final in 2003.
Back in February, Taylor made a good start to the World Seniors, defeating Peter Manley before losing 3-0 to Painter, who won all but three legs. The Power was disappointed with his performance and said he would retire from tournament action for good if he can’t put things right.
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"I’ll be honest, I’ve got the right hump because I’ve embarrassed myself in front of people who’ve paid good money to come and see me. The only thing I can promise is, you will not see me play like that again, trust me,” he said.
"If I don’t put it right, I’ll retire fully. I’ve got a few months now, I’ll be ready for that one. I promise, whoever supports me, I’ll be ready for the next one. I know exactly what I’ve done wrong.”
The field for the World Seniors Masters also includes Painter, Lisa Ashton, Terry Jenkins, Martin Adams and John Lowe.
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