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Taylor: I'm Spookily Confident
Phil Taylor blitzed his way into the second round of the World Darts Championship and then insisted his confidence is now higher than it's ever been.

The 56-year-old won the last of his 16 world titles back in 2013 and has dropped to number four in the PDC world rankings, but was in imperious form as he beat qualifier David Platt in his opening match on Sunday night.

He produced an average just below 102 to set up a last-32 clash with Kevin Painter on December 27 and vowed to prove his critics wrong by winning a 17th world crown.

"I think I know what I've been doing wrong and I've got a good chance this year," he told Sky Sports.

"Never mind what Wayne Mardle says or what anybody else says, I've got a chance.

"I'm confident and it's ever so weird. For the first time in my career I'm actually confident of winning it.

"That's spooky for me. I haven't been like that for a while and I'm up for it now. I'm really looking forward to playing darts."

Taylor has a nine-day break before his clash with Painter and insists he has discovered the secret to reversing his decline in form.

But he cryptically refused to say what was different about his preparations for this year's tournament at Alexandra Palace.

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"I've got nine days off now so I can go back and with what I'm doing now I think I'm cracking it," he added.

"Kevin Painter is going to be a battle, of course he is, but he has got a battle with me. I will go home and do what I normally do, but I've changed something. I'm doing something different and I ain't going to tell you.

"I've been doing something that is making me play better and I'm not going to tell you.

"I am okay and I'm ready. I'm going to be ready for the next round and Kevin is going to have to play well."
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Interesting dig Phil had for Mardle.  Seems Taylor gives the same speech every Worlds which is fair enough, a sign of self confidence I suppose.

Off to a good start, nothing spectacular although a ton plus average is excellent for the first round.

Long ways to go and we'll hopefully see a good match when Phil and Paints lock horns in round two.

Thanks again for the update Hamo, good stuff. :thumbup:
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Taylor looks pretty good right now. He looks healthy and relaxed.

He's always a threat to win every time he plays, no matter who he is playing, but if he can stay calm and healthy.... scary

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I love Taylor, but he was lucky to beat Painter. If he played anyone else, he would have lost. I really hope his game picks up.
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To be fair.... winning 4-0 is not lucky.

Not to mention, historically... Phil plays only as good as he needs to.

This tournament is playing out well for him if he can keep it together

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Taylor is class! You can never rule him out and at the moment he's playing well enough to beat the likes of Kim, whether that's enough to beat Barney or MVG is another matter.
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I'm not a Taylor fan by any stretch... but I would love for him to win another World Title... just to stuff it down the throats of the true haters.

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I'm not his biggest fan either but he's probably the best dartist to have ever played the sport, if he did manage a 17th title I think he will retire. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy to want to sully his legacy with years of decline in public view.
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Taylor looking pretty confident tonight. A game like in the good old days, outscoring his opponent heavily.
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(12-29-2016, 09:33 PM)Jugger Wrote: To be fair.... winning 4-0 is not lucky.

Not to mention, historically... Phil plays only as good as he needs to.

This tournament is playing out well for him if he can keep it together

Maybe lucky was too harsh, but Painter had plenty of chances to win. If Taylor played Reyes, he would have lost.

Now yesterday, he was terrific. Loved it. Let's see if he can keep it going.
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What will the quarter final loss to Barney mean?  Renewed determination or a realization that time waits for no man and, despite still being in the top 8 players in the world, he won't win another world championship? If the latter, he'll retire.
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It immediately means he is now down to 6th in the OOM which must be about his lowest position ever.

Also, as it currently stands he would no longer be in the England pairing for the World Cup of Darts as Lewis and Wade - although I would guess the PDC may suggest that he should still partner Lewis as they are reigning champs (despite the Dutch pairing changing for the next comp after Stompe and Barney won it).
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