Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taylor's Wife Gave Phil the Power

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taylor's Wife Gave Phil the Power

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WHEN a world superstar suddenly hits a brick wall it's not usual for him to find his wife has the answer to his sporting problems.

However, that was the case when Phil Taylor was no longer The Power.

In blind despair, he picked up wife Evonne's darts and has never looked back!

"I remember Phil having a rare bad spell when he wasn't winning any majors," Cox told me.

"He had just lost 8-3 to Peter Manley in a Premier League match at Coventry.

"Phil was bereft, devastated.

He thought it was all over, but when he was practising he picked up his wife's darts and that was it, as if by magic.

"They were a completely different shape to his, more bulbous, whereas his were straight - but they worked a treat."

Taylor's attention to detail is legendary, and has resulted in a star-spangled career.

"He prepares more than any other player," said Tommy.

"He practices five to six hours every day and won't take a mobile phone to any tournament because he doesn't want his concentration to be disturbed. …

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