Phil Taylor will headline a field of darts legends to compete in an all-new World Seniors Championship event in 2022….
Phil Taylor will headline a field of darts legends to compete in an all-new World Seniors Championship event in 2022.
The 16-time World Champion has accepted an invitation to feature in the over-50s event which is being promoted by Modus Sports and Snooker Legends.
The tournament is set to incorporate a top prize of at least £25,000 – exceeding that of the last BDO World Championship.
Although the finer details are yet to be confirmed, the World Seniors Championship is expected to commence in February next year, with organisers in advanced talks over a venue and possible television coverage.
Modus have drafted in the help of Jason Francis, who transformed his Snooker Legends exhibition tour into a global circuit which is now ratified by the sport’s governing body.
Taylor, 61, signed a new long-term contract with Target Darts last week and has remained active on the exhibition circuit since retiring from professional darts in 2018.
The Stoke legend bowed out with defeat to Rob Cross in the 2018 World Championship final at Ally Pally and has since contested high-profile exhibition games against his old rivals of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.
Taylor said: “I lost my hunger four years ago but having seen the concept that MODUS and Snooker Legends have put together and having worked for MODUS Sports for many years on the exhibition circuit I could not resist making a comeback.
“I cannot wait to hit the practice board and show my old rivals I still have what it takes to win.
“I dominated the professional tour, maybe I can dominate the seniors too.”
The World Seniors Championship, which has been in the pipeline for over a year, is open to any player over the age of 50 and other confirmed entrants include Keith Deller, John Lowe and Bob Anderson.
Other former World Champions including Martin Adams, Andy Fordham, Richie Burnett, Dennis Priestley, John Part and Les Wallace have also been invited to participate.
Further places will be made available during a Seniors Qualifying School which is set to take place later this year, though contractual ties mean current PDC Tour Card holders are ineligible.
Delighted to have been invited to take part in the First World Senior Darts Championships.
Rest assured I will be after winning it as well.
— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor) April 3, 2021
When I was asked to play in the World seniors tournament I could not say yes quick enough. I know with @ModusDarts180 & @Snookerlegends promoting the event this will be fantastic. Old rivalries and scores to settle. @jloweprodart @BobAnderson180
— Keith Deller (@KDeller138) April 3, 2021
Lots of positivity coming out from FB &Twitter for the World Seniors Darts Champs. It’s been a long time coming, and just what darts people want.
— BOB ANDERSON 180 (@BobAnderson180) April 3, 2021