The Lockup Tipster answers the question…

Can Phil Taylor win a major in 2014? Phil has not enjoyed much success this year, and people that have backed Taylor for years are not deserting the Power, as he is seen as not the player he once was by some quarters.

Well this is not the case, Taylor is still a quality player and in play if the chips are down, bookies are generally resistant on offering any decent price on Taylor to come from behind and win the match.

The case is, the standard of PDC darts has excelled in the last four/five years, with the likes of Adrian Lewis coming through, Michael van Gerwen and old favourites like Barneveld within the mix.

Of course we have not forgotten the likes of James Wade, Simon Whitlock as seasoned professionals, but as the standard gets greater, can Taylor win another major in 2014?

Taylor knows the standard has got to the point, where there is so much money in darts that the competition is gunning for a slice of the major events. Taylor is also in the Semi Final of the World Matchplay at a modest 13/8 with some firms to win the event now.

 

Phil now has his darts the way he wants them with new stem’s which appear to have eliminated his early 2014 issue of darts veering off to the five or ones, how has this reflected in the upcoming tourneys on the World tour and what are the latest World Championship odds?

With three world series events in august, starting in Singapore (Aug 15-16), followed by a trip to Perth (Aug 22-24) and Sydney (Aug 28-30) Australia, the players involved will certainly get to see some of the world on receipt of Barry Hearn’s view of carrying Darts onto a global platform.

Quite surprisingly, Taylor is priced differently for all three events, with Michael van Gerwen the favourite for all three at 7/4 best priced at Bwin on each of the three. Phil is 9/4 to reign supremacy in Singapore;  11/4 in Perth with BetVictor and 12/5 with the same firm to win in Sydney. Interestingly Adrian Lewis has opted out of the tour giving his opportunity to first reserve Andy Hamilton for the first leg of the tour.

Taylor is 5/2 to win the World Championship just to add.

You certainly have to think, would you back against Phil again this year?

The price would certainly need to be right. For example, Phil’s quarter final versus Wes Newton at the Matchplay had Phil as short as 1/20 in places to beat the Warrior. This price suggested bookies were not interested in taking money on the Power.

There are other markets, which readers of this will capture some of our player traits on what we look for. This is, his chances of getting the first 180, the highest checkout, the individual player highest checkout, the indicative handicaps just as a few examples.

Our running conclusion is, his titanium stems have given Taylor a new lease of life, but competition will ever become more competitive!

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