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Phil Taylor Considering Coming Out Of Retirement For UK Open

Phil Taylor Considering Coming Out Of Retirement For UK Open

Phil 'The Power' Taylor is considering making a remarkable comeback to darts just two years after the 16 time World Champion retired, according to PDC boss Barry Hearn.

Taylor decided to call it a day after the 2018 World Championships after having an incredible career, in which he won a ridiculous 85 major titles but return later this year.

After watching Peter Wright claim his first World Championship, Hearn confirmed the news telling the Sun, "I spoke with Phil a few weeks ago. He was thinking about, 'Shall I play the UK Open by entering a Rileys qualifier?'

"He phoned me and said, 'What do you feel about it?'. I said, 'Look, you aren't subject to the player's contract any more. You're entitled to do what you like'."

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Rob Cross can't believe beating Taylor in the 'Power's' final ever match. Image: PA Images
Rob Cross can't believe beating Taylor in the 'Power's' final ever match. Image: PA Images

Taylor confirmed in January 2017 that he was going to retire after the following year's 'Worlds.' That year he did win his final major by beating Wright in the final of the World Matchplay.

He also beat the Scotsman to win the first Melbourne Masters tournament before heading to the World Championship in December.

The 59-year-old turned the clock back to reach the final in his last ever tournament, the 21st World final of his career, before losing to 7-2 Rob Cross, playing in his first tournament.

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On why 'The Power' might make a comeback, Hearn added, "Phil is enjoying himself. But part of him misses that competitive element he doesn't get doing exhibitions."

On Wednesday night Wright added his name to the list of men to win the PDC World Championships when 'Snakebite' beat clear favourite Michael van Gerwen in the final.

The Dutchman was hoping to add a fourth world title to his ever growing list of titles but found himself two sets down in now time.

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He fought back to make it 2-2 before Wright again opened up a two set lead. MvG pulled another set back but it would be his last as Wright won 7-3.

Wright celebrates winning the final. Image: PA Images
Wright celebrates winning the final. Image: PA Images

The PDC also announced the competitors in this year's Premier League of Darts with Wright and MvG being joined by Nathan Aspinall, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney and Glen Durrant.

New sensation Fallon Sherrock will join the stars for the second week of the tournament, after surprising everyone to reach the third round of the World Championships.

Topics: Michael Van Gerwen, Eddie Hearn, world championships, Darts News

Ryan Sidle

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