Taylor vows to switch on full power in 2012
MCCOY’S PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS
Daily Sport Tip: LADBROKESPOKER.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (4) PHIL TAYLOR has warned his rivals that he’s chasing a clean sweep of darts’ honours in 2012 following his amazing start to the Mccoy’s Premier League season.
“The Power” had questioned whether he was in decline after suffering a second round World Championship defeat to Dave Chisnall.
But he bounced back in sensational fashion, partnering Adrian Lewis to glory in the World Cup of Darts before picking up two brilliant wins and a draw from the opening three weeks of the Premier League.
Taylor has recorded the second and third highest averages in the history of the league, hitting 112.79 against Lewis and 112.91 in an 8-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld.
The 15-times world champion also fired a nine-darter as he came from 5-3 down to defeat Kevin Painter.
And he said: “I’m loving every minute of the Premier League so far.
“The crowds have been fantastic, I’m enjoying it and I’m getting some great results because I’m doing everything right.
“Sometimes you make changes and you don’t know if it’s going to work, but what I’ve done so far this year – losing weight and starting a new fitness regime – is working and I feel great.
“If I don’t win everything this year, then I’m going to be disappointed.
“That’s the way my mindset is at the moment and I want to keep pushing myself to get better.
“I’m 52 in August and when I get to 55 I’ll look at retiring then.
“I want to win at least one more World Championship but I don’t want to get to the stage where I’m 60 and I could use my bus pass to come to events half-price.”
Taylor meets Simon Whitlock in Exeter on Thursday, the Aussie having lost last time to Kevin Painter.
The Stoke chucker added: “Simon’s a great player but he showed last week that he was feeling a bit of pressure when he lost to Kevin.
“I’ve got to go out and put him under pressure from the start and make him think about the week before, which will make it hard for him.”