Taylor to retire from PDC circuit

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Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor has confirmed that 2017 will be his last year on the PDC circuit.

The 56-year-old won his first two world titles in the BDO, ahead of switching to the PDC, claiming eight successive crowns between 1995 and 2002 before adding six more, his most recent coming in 2013.

Taylor hinted he may still feature in future Premier League and World Series events, which take up much of the darting calendar, but confirmed the next world championship would be his last.

"It's the last year for me. This will probably be my last Masters," Taylor told ITV 4 during the channel's live coverage of the Masters.

"The world championship will be my last one. I can enjoy it more. I'm more excited now and it's ever so strange.

"I've got butterflies, whereas I didn't have that before. I'm looking forward to the next 10 months.

"The Premier League and the World Series are the ones that Barry [Hearn, PDC chairman] has asked me to consider [playing in] so let's see what happens in January.

"The Premier League and the World Series are six, seven, eight months out of the year, so it wouldn't be retiring really."