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  • Phil Taylor retired from professional darts in 2018
  • 'The Power' open to making a return at the UK Open
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Phil Taylor comeback on the cards?

Phil Taylor has not ruled out the possibility of taking one last shot at the big time.

The darts legend won every title and championship possible during an illustrious career on the oche before retiring from the professional game following defeat in the 2018 PDC World Championship final.

The 59-year-old has been playing on the exhibition circuit since calling time on his career and this week was facing old rival Raymond van Barneveld in a one-off online match in aid of the charity Heroes.

And he has revealed that he is tempted to have a final crack at the PDC in next year's UK Open.

Taylor would need to win one of the qualifiers held at Rileys clubs across the country in order to earn a place in Minehead.

The 16-time world champion has been encouraged by PDC chairman Barry Hearn to chance his arm at qualification this year but would have been unable to make the main event if he had secured a spot at the finals due to prior commitments.

"I’d have loved to have had a little go at it," Taylor told Metro.

"If it’s on next year, I might have a go at the local Rileys club, why not?

"I do [fancy my chances] on what I saw last year. The amount of texts I get saying: 'You can still win this Taylor, get your darts out.'"

However, Taylor cooled any notion of a permanent return to the PDC ranks.

"After next year I’m retiring fully, so it’s pipe and slippers after that one," he added.
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