Phil Taylor is set for a potentially make-or-break tournament as his comeback to competitive darts continues.
The Power will be part of a star-studded field at the World Seniors Masters which starts on Friday at the legendary Lakeside venue. Fellow darting legends Bob Anderson, Martin Adams and John Lowe will also be in action.
Taylor kicks off his campaign in the second round against the winner of the first round tie between Paul Lim and John Part. Taylor made his return to competitive action earlier this year in the World Seniors Championship at the Circus Tavern. After beating old rival Peter Manley, the 16-time world champion was dumped out 3-0 by Kevin Painter.
After that defeat, Taylor admitted he had work to do if he was going to make a success of his comeback, admitting it won’t continue if he cannot improve.
"I’ll be honest, I’ve got the right hump because I’ve embarrassed myself in front of people who’ve paid good money to come and see me. The only thing I can promise is, you will not see me play like that again, trust me,” he said.
"If I don’t put it right, I’ll retire fully. I’ve got a few months now, I’ll be ready for that one. I promise, whoever supports me, I’ll be ready for the next one. I know exactly what I’ve done wrong.”
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Another legend of the oche who will be in action is Keith Deller, who begins his campaign in the second round against Anderson. The 1983 world champion is expecting to see a very different Taylor, compared to the one seen earlier this year.
Asked by darts commentator John Rawling on Twitter who will be the player to beat at the Lakeside, Deller replied: "I think we will see a different Power this time, John."
Taylor has played in exhibition events since the World Seniors, including the recent Hungarian Darts Show in Budapest, where he lost to former foe Raymond van Barneveld, but defeated Devon Petersen.
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