Taylor targets matchplay title

Phil Taylor has set his sights on the Stan James World Matchplay title in Blackpool this summer after retaining the Holsten Premier League crown in Plymouth.

Phil Taylor has set his sights on the Stan James World Matchplay title in Blackpool this summer after retaining the Holsten Premier League crown in Plymouth.

The 13-time world champion’s quest for Grand Slam glory was ended by John Part at the Winter Gardens almost 12 months ago.

Taylor was a frustrated spectator as Colin Lloyd went on to beat the Canadian in the final, clinching the title with a brilliant 170 checkout.

However, The Power has won every major tournament since that setback and extended his two-year unbeaten run in the Premier League with a routine 16-6 victory over Roland Scholten last night.

Taylor, who will be looking to add the Budweiser UK Open and Las Vegas Desert Classic titles to his collection before heading to Blackpool at the end of July, said: “I’m going to be even more dedicated now because the one tournament I’m after is the World Matchplay.

"I really want to win it this year.”

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