Phil Taylor targets Edinburgh Masters victory

Phil Taylor. Picture: Simon Cooper (PA Wire)
Phil Taylor. Picture: Simon Cooper (PA Wire)
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PHIL TAYLOR has his sights on continuing his fantastic year with victory in the PDC’s new tournament, The Masters, in Edinburgh next month.

Taylor won an 11th partypoker.com World Grand Prix title on Sunday, as he produced an unstoppable performance to whitewash Dave Chisnall 6-0 in sets in Dublin.

That triumph added to the 16th World Championship title which Taylor won in January to kick off 2013 and further victories in the UK Open, World Matchplay and Sydney Darts Masters events this summer.

The 53-year-old is now aiming to claim glory in The Masters when the inaugural event is held at the Royal Highland Centre from November 1-3.

“It’s always special when we introduce a new tournament to the calendar and I always try to be the first name on the trophy, but this would be even more memorable because it’s only the world’s top 16 playing in The Masters,” said Taylor.

“I’m going to be there or thereabouts, but it’s going to be tough. Every tournament now is fantastic and the standard keeps getting better and better.

“Even though I’ve won those big titles this year, I’ve got to work a bit harder – but I’m loving every minute of it, and I’ll love it for the next three or four years before I retire.

“I’m looking to enjoy what’s left of my career and keep trying to win tournaments. You never know what’s around the corner, I want to appreciate every final.

“It’s getting more difficult for me and the other players are getting better, but I still love competing and I love the challenge.The will to win is in your DNA, and the older you get, the more you appreciate it.”

Taylor’s rivals for the £50,000 Masters title include Scottish number one Robert Thornton and are also expected to include Peter Wright, who moved up to a career-high 16th in the PDC Order of Merit following the World Grand Prix.

With Gary Anderson back up to 17th, the former Premier League Darts champion knows that he could also qualify if he is successful in this weekend’s Players Championship events in Killarney, which are the last before the top 16 for The Masters is finalised.

Taylor added: “It’s been great to see the revival in Scottish darts in the last few years.

“They’ve had great players like Jocky Wilson and Jamie Harvey in the past, and now with Robert, Gary, Peter and John Henderson, there’s plenty of guys competing on the circuit.

“I think Robert’s great. I was expecting to play him in the second round in Dublin last week but he went out to Paul Nicholson, and he’ll be wanting to bounce back

“He’s had a great last 18 months or so, winning the UK Open and playing in the Premier League, where he was brilliant this year.

“He’s rightly taken over as Scotland’s number one, but Peter Wright’s had a really good year and has deserved to break into the top 16, and if Gary Anderson can get himself back in there this weekend we know how dangerous he can be because he’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen.”