Debutant Rob Cross did the unthinkable and won the PDC World Championship title after beating the retiring Phil Taylor 7-2 at Alexandra Palace.
Cross only turned professional at the start of 2017 and took an early 3-0 lead to put the 57-year-old under pressure.
And despite winning 10 legs and having 12 180s during the match, Taylor had no answer for the former electrician.
After the incredible victory, everyone paid tribute to Taylor, who has now retired from the sport. It wasn’t to be a fairytale ending but the legendary player admitted that he no longer had the “energy” or “interest.”
“I tried my best but he was like me 25 years ago, he was relentless and didn’t stop putting me under pressure,” Taylor said.
“He’s dedicated, he’s listened, learned and the players next year have got a big problem.
“You’ve got someone who wants to win, I don’t think the money with him is going to make a scrap of difference, you’ve got a little animal on your hands.
“It was like an old man against a young man, it was a mis-match. That’s it for me because I haven’t got the energy or interest to beat Michael van Gerwen or him [Cross].”
While many were paying tribute to Taylor, many darts fans weren’t too happy with him.
Taylor certainly has a mixed reputation amongst darts fans and there was a moment that upset a lot of people.
With the scores at 3-1 in sets, Taylor came within millimeters of a 9-darter. He narrowly missed the double 12 and his reaction was controversial.
He first laughed down the camera before going over to Cross to try and have a little joke before he threw his three darts. He then pointed at him and appeared to say ‘I’m watching you.’
Some might say it was nice to see Taylor in such good spirits in such a pressure moment but many believe it was very unsportsmanlike to attempt to put Cross off before he was about to throw.
He was also caught sticking his middle finger at the crowd during a break in play.
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So, Taylor will be ending his career on 16 World Championships, 16 World Matchplay’s, 11 World Grand Prix’s, six Grand Slam of Darts, five UK Opens, four European Championships and three Players’ Championship Finals.
He might not be loved by everyone but you can’t deny the career he’s had.
Happy retirement, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.