Phil Taylor has been installed as the pre-tournament favourite to claim the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay title in Hull. Taylor…
Phil Taylor has been installed as the pre-tournament favourite to claim the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay title in Hull.
Taylor made the Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.
Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy, with the event taking place at the Bonus Arena in Hull from July 1-3.
A total of 20 players will compete for the £10,000 title, with the line-up featuring eight former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a host of other major winners.
Taylor was thrashed three sets to nil by Kevin Painter in the Quarter-Finals of the inaugural World Seniors Championship at The Circus Tavern in February before finishing runner-up to David Cameron in last month’s World Seniors Masters at Lakeside.
His route to the final this time around includes potential show-downs with the likes of Trina Gulliver, John Part and Kevin Painter.
Taylor, 61, is the short priced 13/8 favourite with Bet365 to continue his Matchplay dominance into his Seniors career.
Reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton is situated in the opposite half of the draw to ‘The Power’ and is the 9/2 second favourite to double his title tally.
Three-time World Champion Martin Adams, runner-up to Thornton in the World Seniors Championship, follows at 5/1 to lift the trophy, while former Players Champion Painter is well-fancied at 6/1 to claim glory.
Paul Hogan is making his Seniors debut as a qualifier and is 22/1 to go the distance, while WSDT Order of Merit qualifier Colin McGarry is an each-way prospect at 50/1 on his return to televised action.
Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is another popular each-way pick at 33/1, with recent Women’s Series event winner Trina Gulliver a 500/1 outsider.
World Seniors Matchplay Odds
*Odds correct at time of writing