After his crushing defeat in the World Matchplay final, Phil Taylor hailed Michael van Gerwen as the greatest ever. After his 16 world titles, Taylor is regarded at the finest player ever to pick up a dart, but his last world title was back in 2013, and his last TV major was the World Matchplay in 2014. Van Gerwen has dominated Taylor in the last two finals they met in, the Premier League final in May and Sunday’s nights Matchplay final. Over the two finals van Gerwen has an aggregate score of 29-13, leaving Taylor in no doubt that he has been surpassed as the greatest. Speaking to Skysports Taylor admitted, “Darts has changed, and this man (MvG) is the greatest as far as I’m concerned.”
Taylor has had some tremendous rivalry’s spanning a 30-year glittering career, and the great man has always found a way to get the better of them all until now. Taylor left the Winter Gardens stage, a shadow of the man who has dominated the sport for three decades. Taylor now approaching 56 years old has vowed to make changes in search of glory, but at his age will he have time to make the right ones? “My energy levels were not there, and he bullied me. When he hits a good shot, he lets you know about it. I’ve got to make some changes, and that starts Monday morning, he is phenomenal – he is.”
Can Phil Taylor drag himself back to the top of the mountain? As right now van Gerwen is showing no signs of letting up, having already won the Masters, UK Open, Premier League and the World Matchplay in 2016.