Phil Taylor feels no pressure at swansong World Matchplay outing

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Darts great Phil Taylor says he feels no pressure to win a 16th World Matchplay title in his last hurrah at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Taylor, 56, is calling time on his 30 years in the sport after the 2018 World Championships next January.

The World Matchplay, which runs for eight days from tomorrow, has been dominated by the man known as 'The Power', who has won 15 of his 84 major titles in Blackpool - 13 more than any other player in the event's history.

"It's my favourite venue where I've done alright, but I could have done better. Fifteen so far, so it's not too shabby," he told Sky Sports.

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Vintage darts: Taylor celebrates winning the 2002 Matchplay (Source: Getty)

“I'll have a good go at making it 16 this year, but to be honest with you I'm just enjoying it now. If I win one more, I win one more, if I don't, I'm not going to knock myself out about it.

“I'm well rested up after coming back from China where I had a tummy bug. I feel a hell of a lot better, so doing plenty of exercise, eating healthy, and having a bit of a practice."

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