Phil Taylor

  • Last Updated: December 9 2015, 23:34 GMT

The Power will be looking to make amends for last year's defeat in the World Championship final.

Phil Taylor: Eager to land another world title
Phil Taylor: Eager to land another world title

Name: Phil Taylor

Date of birth: 13/08/1960 (55)

Nickname: The Power

World ranking: 3

He may not be the dominant player he once was, but Philip Douglas Taylor still needs no introduction.

The Stoke ace remains the greatest player the sport of darts has ever seen with 16 world titles, eight in a row between 1995 to 2002 and 14 consecutive finals from 1994 to 2007.

He has won 78 PDC titles, has hit a record 11 televised nine-dart finishes - 19 overall - and is the only man to hit two in the same match which he did against James Wade during the 2010 Premier League final.

But with the emergence of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson finally stepping up, Taylor has dropped down to number three in the world which is his lowest ranking since 1995.

Since narrowly losing 7-6 to Anderson in last season's World Championship final, Taylor has played steadily as he lifted the World Cup for England with Adrian Lewis as well as winning the Japan Masters, Perth Masters and Sydney Masters.

He was also runner-up in the Grand Slam and Dubai Masters to Van Gerwen, but he currently holds no major titles.

Is he the player he once was? Well such is his pedigree in this event that you write him off at your peril.