One of the biggest names in the sport of darts, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has retired from the sport this week after spending over 20 years at the top. The most successful player of all time, Taylor left school as a 15-year-old with no qualifications and went from working in a sheet-metal factory to one of Britain’s most recognisable sportspeople.
Starting out under the BDO banner, his first title came in 1990 when he won the BDO World Championship, in his first year competing in the competition. In the final of this tournament, he defeated the legendary Eric Bristow MBE, who also acted as Phil’s mentor during the early stages of his career.
After winning two World Championships, one World Masters and one World Darts Trophy under the BDO umbrella, in 1993 he was one of 16 players who joined together to create their own organisation. The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) was formed soon after and marked the first-time professional players were not unified in one organisation.
What followed was an unprecedented era of dominance for Taylor as he won trophy after trophy. In total, he won 14 PDC World Championships the first of which came in 1995 when he defeated Rod Harrington 6-2 in the final. This was the first of a stunning eight consecutive World Championship victories, an achievement that had never been done before.
As his career progressed he continued to go from strength to strength and his list of trophies is incredibly impressive. They include:
14 PDC World Championships
16 PDC World Matchplays
11 PDC World Grand Prix’s
6 Grand Slams
6 Premier Leagues
4 Championship Leagues
5 Desert Classics
4 European Championships
5 UK Opens
3 US Opens
3 Players Championship Finals
1 The Masters
1 Champions League
As well as these achievements he has also been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on two occasions and his success at the oche is one of the key reasons why the sport has increased in popularity in recent years. Now a showpiece event watched by millions of TV audiences and attended by thousands of people, darts has become a big part of British sport and Phil is a big reason for this.
His final world title came in 2013 and in 2017 he announced he would retire from the sport at the end of the season. In typical Phil Taylor style, he managed to make it to the 2018 PDC World Championship final coming up against debutant Rob Cross. Despite being the overwhelming favourite and having 16 world titles to his name, Taylor was surprisingly defeated 7-2 by Cross at Alexandra Palace but his legacy will live on.
In total, he has 83 major titles to his name and leaves the game as the most successful player of all time. As such he is instantly recognisable across the world, not just by fans of darts but also sports fans generally. This makes him ideal for after-dinner speaking as he is able to discuss in detail his superb career, giving a fantastic insight into how he made it to the top.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is not the only darts player Champions Speakers can offer, we also include the likes of Andy Fordham, Bobby George and Eric Bristow MBE on our roster. If you would like to book any of these players for your corporate event or conference, get in touch by calling 0207 1010 553 or by filling in our online contact form.