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Article: Phil Taylor says he^s ready to reclaim world title

Phil Taylor says he^s ready to reclaim world title

Phil Taylor leaned back in celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke^s salon yesterday and announced the time has comb for The Power to reclaim his world title.

And as he vowed to make amends for last year^s oche horror show at Alexandra Palace, world No.1 Taylor admitted: "I feel naked without my crown."

Do us all a favour, Phil, and keep your clothes on. But after two years of Power cuts on the big stage, the 13-times world champion is in the mood to turn Clarke^s shampoo into champagne at the PDC Championship starting on December 19.

Pipped by Ray van Barneveld in a suddendeath thriller in the unforgettable 2007 final, Taylor surprisingly went out without a crimper in the quarter-finals against Wayne Mardle at Ally Pally last December.

Since then, the former £52-a-week toilet handle manufacturer has won virtually every major prize, including last month^s Grand Slam in Wolverhampton.

And from High Barnet to Shepton Mullet, the odds on Taylor, 48, making it 14 world titles are shorter than a short back and sides.

Speaking to promote Sky Sports^ high-definition coverage of the marathon 13-day tournament, he said: "It^s been so long since I held that trophy that I feel like an emperor without his robes - a king without his crown.

"And after the way I^ve been playing this year, I reckon I^ll never have a better chance of winning it again - in fact, if I don^t win it this year, I should retire.

"I would rather leave on my own terms than have somebody else come up to me one day saying, ^Bog off, you^re past it and we don^t need you any more^.

"Last year, it was a struggle just to reach the last eight and I was knackered. I wasn^t right.

Too many late nights, coming home at 2am from exhibitions and travelling thousands of miles I didn^t need. I was playing all right, but every sportsman needs his rest. And too often I was on the motorway when I should have been tucked up in bed.


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