Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bookies' View

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bookies' View

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THE Open golf championship is not the only major sporting occasion on the Lancashire coast this weekend with the start of the BetVictor World Matchplay darts in Blackpool tonight.

Phil Taylor has won the Matchplay title no less than 15 times during his long and illustrious career.

However, The Power will bring the curtain down on his love affair with the Winter Gardens this week having announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 World Championship in January.

Taylor begins his quest for a 16th BetVictor World Matchplay crown against Gerwyn Price tomorrow but I simply refuse to believe this is the last time we will see the great man at the Winter Gardens.

If The Power beats Price and Barney beats Joe Cullen later in the night the pair will face off - possibly for one last time - in a major event.

Taylor is 2-7 to beat the Welshman (11-4) with the sponsors but I am more interested in 6-5 for The Power to have more 180s during the game than the Welsh ace, who reached his first televised final earlier in the year when losing to Peter Wright in the UK Open final.

That said Price was whitewashed 8-0 in the semi-final of the US Darts Masters by Michael van Gerwen in his last event - which The Power missed - and that might not be the ideal preparation for Blackpool. …

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