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17 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 17/07/17 1:58pm

Relive the moment Phil Taylor hit the first live nine-dart finish

Watch Phil Taylor hit the World Matchplay’s first-ever nine-darter before the tournament returns this weekend.

Fifteen-time champion Taylor will be at Winter Gardens between July 22-30, live on Sky Sports – his final challenge before retiring at the end of the year.

We’ve rolled the clock back to 2002 when Taylor played Chris Mason in the competition’s quarter-final, and thrilled the Blackpool crowd by hitting a nine-darter.

He would eventually claim the title, beating John Lowe then John Part, but the 2002 World Matchplay will always be remembered for Taylor’s nine historic arrows.

This year, Taylor’s return should come with extra emotion due to his imminent plans to bring the curtain down on his record-setting career. He must again contend with world No 1 Michael van Gerwen, who beat him in last year’s final, for the title.

Tune in for the World Matchplay in Blackpool between July 22-30, live on Sky Sports.


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