MVG: Impossible to catch Taylor


Michael van Gerwen thinks it will be impossible for him to get near Phil Taylor’s incredible record of 16 world titles.

Van Gerwen was reflecting on his second Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) title on Tuesday, having struggled to get much sleep in the wake of his 7-3 win over defending champion Gary Anderson on Monday night.

The Alexandra Palace success ended three years of frustration for the 2014 champion and world No 1, and he told Sky Sports News HQ it would mean him winning just about every year until his retirement to get anywhere near ‘The Power’.

Taylor won two British Darts Organisation titles before making the move over when the PDC split occurred and going on to win 14 more titles from 1995 until his most recent in 2013.

Asked if he could ever catch Taylor, Van Gerwen said: “That’s not possible. I need to be realistic.

“I’m probably going to play for another 12 or 13 years and I need to probably win every year. Even then I am only just catching up. That’s not what I am aiming for – I want a minimum of five world titles.

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