Darts ace Phil Taylor will be chasing his 11th world title and a very special trophy when the Ladbrokes.com World Championship gets underway at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, today.
"The Power" has swept all before him during 2002, adding the World Matchplay, Las Vegas Desert Classic and World Grand Prix to the world title he won 12 months ago with a convincing victory over Peter Manley in the final.
The Stoke thrower also produced a magical nine-dart finish in Blackpool during the summer to put the seal on a fantastic year.
However, Taylor has made no secret of the fact that he wants to win world title number 11 and produce another nine-darter to make it a successful start to 2003.
“I would love to do another nine-darter at the World Championship,” admitted Taylor. “To do two nine-dart finishes is my target now.”
“And there is always a special thing about the World Championship. It does not matter if you play it in a tent, there is always something special about being world champion.”