Profile Born on 13 August 1960 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England, Philip Douglas Taylor went on to become the greatest darts player of all-time. Between 1990 and 2010, Taylor won an unprecedented 15 World Championship titles.
Phil Taylor left school when he was 16 to start working in a factory as a metal worker. In his spare time, and when he was unemployed in between jobs, he would dedicate all his effort to his favourite hobby, darts. While playing in local pubs, Taylor was noticed by the great Eric Bristow, at the time the greatest player the game had ever known. Bristow took Taylor under his wing, advancing some money to sponsor him to play in low-level tournaments. What followed was a meteoric rise to the top.
In 1988, Taylor won his first big tournament, the Canadian Open. In January 1990, Taylor made his debut at the Embassy World Championships at the Lakeside, and reached the final where he met his tutor and five-time World Champion, Eric Bristow. Taylor defeated Bristow 6-1. In 1992, Taylor reached the final of the Embassy World Championships once again, beating Mike Gregory 6-5 in one of the Lakeside all-time classic matches.
In 1992, Taylor and 15 other professional darts players founded an alternative darts federation, the PDC. In the years that followed, Taylor would dominate darts, picking up a staggering number of titles. Since its inaugural final in 1994, Taylor has reached the PDC World Championship final on every occasion bar two, losing only five matches. Beside winning numerous titles in his career, among which several World Matchplay Championships and World Grand Prix titles, he became the first to throw two nine-dart finishes in a single televised match in the final of the Premier League against James Wade in 2010.