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Taylor issues quit threat after first win

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Phil Taylor had lost all three of his opening matches © Getty Images
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Phil Taylor says he will retire from darts "in the next 12 months" if he cannot rediscover his form after collecting his first victory in this year's Premier League.

'The Power' had suffered three losses from his first three matches, but averaged 104.82 to defeat Simon Whitlock 7-3 to get off the mark at the event.

Taylor was relieved to collect his first points, but admitted if he fails to build on his latest victory he will bring an end to his illustrious career.

"If I can't put it together in the next 12 months, I will finish," the 16-time champion of the world told Sky Sport's Dave Clark. "It would break my heart, but if I can't do the nine darters, what's the point?

"I've trying everything to get it right. I've been beating myself up and there's a lot of pressure off me now."

Taylor was the heavy favourite to win the 2014 World Championship, but was upset by Michael Smith in the second round at the Alexandra Palace. He has now switched darts' manufacturers and lost weight in a bid to hit the heights of 2013, where he won seven major titles.

Reigning world and Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen tasted his first defeat after losing 7-5 to fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld. Gary Anderson delighted the Scottish home crowd by beating Dave Chisnall 7-5.

Peter Wright moved to the top of the table with a 7-1 demolition of two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, while Robert Thornton and Wes Newton shared the spoils in a 6-6 draw.

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