Phil Taylor: Darts legend proved greatness when challenged to hit bullseye blindfolded

Phil Taylor proved his greatness when asked to hit the bullseye blindfolded

Phil Taylor was knocked out of the World Senior Darts Championship last week.

The darts legend was the favourite to win the inaugural tournament.

However, he did not play at his very best and was dumped out at the quarter-final stage, losing 3-0 to old rival Kevin Painter.

Robert Thornton went on to lift the trophy on Sunday evening.

While Taylor did not play to the standard expected of him, it doesn’t change the fact that Taylor is the greatest player to have ever played the sport.

The 61-year-old won the World Championship 16 times during his professional career, a tally which will likely never be beaten.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Phil Taylor of England reacts after winning a leg during the PDC World Darts Championship final against Rob Cross of England on Day Fifteen at the 2018 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

He showed his greatness when the world’s best players were challenged to hit the bullseye blindfolded in 2015.

Betway gave the 10 players in the Premier League that year (Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade, Dave Chisnall, Kim Huybrechts, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting) one chance to hit the bullseye blindfolded.

The vast majority of them struggled. Wade and Bunting even missed the board completely.

But then Taylor stepped up and, in typical Taylor fashion, he nailed it. Watch the 10 players’ attempts below… (View Taylor’s attempt at 0:26).

Typical Taylor. He made it look easy, as he has done over the past three decades with a dart in his hand.

Taylor has vowed to put on a better performance when he’s next in action on the World Senior Darts tour.

“I’m not the player I was, I’m still 16-time World Champion but to be honest, I’ve got the right hump because I’ve embarrassed myself in front of people who have paid good money to see me and the only thing I can promise is you will not see me play like that again,” Taylor told Online Darts, per Darts News.

“It was the first time that I was on stage and I was sweating, I was red hot. I was throwing some lovely darts and then getting big ones after that. I’m not doing that again. If I don’t put it right, I’ll retire fully.”

“I’ve got a few months now so I’ll be ready for that one. Whoever supports me, whoever gambles on me, I’ll be ready.”

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