Phil Taylor

  • Last Updated: November 21 2014, 16:54 GMT

The greatest darts player of all time will be chasing an incredible 17th world title when he heads to Alexandra Palace this year.

Taylor: A 16-time world champion
Taylor: A 16-time world champion

Major titles

World Championship (16 times), World Masters (once), World Matchplay (15 times), World Grand Prix (11 times), Grand Slam (six times), Premier League (six times), Las Vegas Desert Classic (five times), European Championship (four times), UK Open (four times), US Open (four times), Players' Championship Final (three times), World Cup (once)

The Power might appear to be slowing down but never under estimate a man with this many world titles in the bag.

The 54-year-old picked up his first in 1990 when thrashing mentor Eric Bristow and reeled off eight more during an incredible spell of dominance between 1995 and 2002.

Defeat in 2003 was a one-off blip as he bagged another hat-trick between 2004 and 2006 and further titles would follow in 2009 and 2010

After losing out in 2011 and 2012 there was a feeling that his incredible run was over and Taylor seemed destined for a third straight blank last year when trailing Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen 4-2 in the 2013 final.

Fact box

  • Date of birth: 13.08.60
  • Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Nickname: The Power
  • World Championship best: Winner (16 times)
  • Walk-on music: The Power

But showing the incredible fighting spirit that has kept him at the top for so long, Taylor reeled off five straight sets to put his name on the trophy yet again.

In 2014 Michael Smith pulled off one of the all-time tournament shocks when he knocked Taylor out in the second round of the competition. Then, with a win over Peter Wright in the final, Michael van Gerwen snatched the world no.1 spot from Taylor as well.

Taylor, whose decorated CV also includes 14 World Matchplay titles, sits second in the current PDC Order of Merit and will as always be a favourite for this title.

Twelve years ago Taylor also hit the first live nine-dart leg on Sky Sports during the 2002 World Matchplay. He's never managed it in the PDC World Championship so that remains just about the last box to tick in his incredible career.

He even hit two nine-darters just one match - the Premier League final when he defeated James Wade to make yet more darting history.

In 2014, Taylor has had a tough time adjusting to using new darts. He labelled the first six months of the years as the 'worst in his career', when he lost in the final of the Players Championship to Gary Anderson, a semi-final loss in the Premier League and a thrashing by the Netherlands in the World Cup of Darts. One highlight included winning the World Matchplay final against Van Gerwen, and he heads into the World Championship in good form after storming to his sixth Grand Slam of Darts title, averaging over 100 in every game.