Phil Taylor 4-0 Keegan Brown

(3-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-2)

PHIL TAYLOR’S retirement party at the William Hill World Darts Championship was extended in style as he showed flashes of his old brilliance during a 4-0 win over Keegan Brown in their last 16 meeting.

Retiring legend Taylor grabbed an incredible 121st World Championship victory as he continued his search for a 17th title to bring the curtain down on his amazing career.

Significantly, Taylor looked settled on the stage and was averaging almost 110 for much of the contest before finishing on 101.28 for his 54th three-figured average in World Championship matches.

It was classic Taylor in the opening set as he hit two 180s, and 11-darter and outshots of 82 and 86 with some flawless doubling whilst only allowing Brown to grab one leg.

Taylor swept the second set, which included a sparkling 122 finish in what looked like a vintage performance.

After six legs in a row for Taylor, Brown finally found some form and managed to drag the third set back to two-all, only to miss a dart for the set as he allowed the 57-year-old to nail a killer 99 checkout which featured two double tops.

Taylor kicked off set four with a with a 92 checkout followed by a 100 combination, but Brown showed great tenacity to stick in there and take out 124 and 66 to force a decider.

In typical style, though, Taylor pulled out a 106 finish to complete the win and cruise into the last eight.

“I felt comfortable up there,” said Taylor, who has only dropped 15 legs in the tournament so far. “The only thing I thought was to put Keegan under pressure as it was probably the biggest occasion of his life.

“He looked like he started to enjoy the pressure though so even at 3-0 up I was thinking that he could still come back.

“I think the pressure’s off me now and I can enjoy it. I am starting to believe I can win.

“It’s weird. I said today that I think I can actually have a go at this; whether I can or not, I don’t know, but I feel like I can.

“If my confidence is up and I can play properly then I think I can give them a game.”