Full Name: Philip Douglas Taylor
Date of Birth: August 13th, 1960
Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent, England
Photo of Phil Taylor by sachab
First Major Achievement:
Taylor’s first breakthrough in the world of darts actually came at the Canadian Open in 1988, which was the first title of his career. However, just a couple of years later, he got his hands on his first ever World Championship title.
After qualifying for the biggest tournament in darts for the first time in 1990, he stunned the field as he powered his way to the final where he would meet the great Eric Bristow.
With Bristow ranked number one in the world and Taylor a 125/1 undseeded long shot, it was Taylor who thrashed Bristow 6-1. The rest of 1990 saw Taylor really start to dominate the sport.
The titles which have come the way of Taylor, puts him at the status of being one of the greatest ever sportsmen, not only in darts, but in sport in general. With over fifteen World Darts Championship titles to his name, no-one comes close to what Taylor has achieved in the game.
Throughout his illustrious career, Taylor has won all PDC Premier Events available, and not only that, has taken each title on more than one occasion. The World matchplay, the World Grand Prix, the Grand Slam of Darts, the Premier League, UK Open, US Open, Players Championship Finals, Desert Classic, Championship League, Taylor has won them all.
Besides all of that there have been countless Open titles as well at non PDC Premier Events. Ranked number one in the world for long periods of his career, he was awarded the PDC Player of the Year award on six separate occasions up to and including 2012.
Taylor is also the only player to ever score two nine dart finishes in the same match (in the 2010 Premier League final). Taylor holds the world record for the most amount of televised nine dart finishes.