Power switched on to Ally Pally

Phil Taylor has admitted that his thoughts have already turned to the 2014 PDC World Darts Championships and the chance to win a 17th title (Taylor Evens – 2014 PDC World Darts Championship tournament outright).

The 53-year-old claimed yet another tournament victory on Sunday when he swept aside the challenge of Robert Thornton to claim his fifth Grand Slam of Darts title.

It capped a remarkable run of form for the Stoke thrower who has already won the World Championships, UK Open, World Matchplay, Sydney Masters, World Grand Prix and The Masters in 2013.

Next up for the ‘Power’ is the defence of his Players Championship title in Minehead before the best players on the planet converge on Alexandra Palace for the greatest tournament of them all.

Taylor bounced back from a couple of defeats in north London to win yet another world title last Christmas and is a huge favourite to repeat the dose this time around.

Despite the emergence of a few young players like Michael van Gerwen, he remains the man to beat, with his ability to respond to any situation and take out vital shots while under pressure (Van Gerwen 5/1 Outright Betting).

And the Potteries legend confessed that he and his fellow professionals are now all thinking about the upcoming festive showpiece after a superb warm-up event in Wolverhampton.

“The atmosphere [at the Grand Slam] has been great, the crowd have been great and some of the players have really come back to form, like Robert, James Wade and Gary Anderson,” he said.

“The players are all building up to the World Championship, and I’ve got an eye on that too.”

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