Phil Taylor's 'winning habit' stronger than ever after 11th World Grand Prix crown
Phil Taylor says his competitive streak remains as fierce as ever, despite notching up his 51st career title.
Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:41am
The world No 1 was at his devastating best against Dave Chisnall in Dublin, winning the first 15 legs to take a 5-0 lead and allowing his opponent only a fleeting sniff in the final set before completing the whitewash.
"I've got the winner's cheque in my pocket, I'm happy," Taylor told Sky Sports. "But I still love competing.
"I love every minute; the will to win, it's in your DNA and the older you get, the more you appreciate it.
"I love it when people write me off; keep on doing it, because it only makes me improve.
"You're always going to have people who run you down but everybody wants to be a winner, everybody remembers a winner. Life's about winning.
"I can see the end - in a couple of years I want to spend more time with my grandkids, go on holiday. But until then I want to keep pushing forward and keep setting more and more records."
Words of consolation
The legendary Stoke thrower, who won a deciding leg in the final set, consoled Chisnall after picking up his latest trophy and insisted he had never taken victory for granted.
"Dave's one of those players who can rattle off several legs in a row," Taylor added. "He's a quick thrower, very talented, he just didn't show his form last night.
"You're still concerned (at 5-0 up), especially with people like Dave, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis.
"You only need to lose a bit of your concentration, then the crowd starts up and you're under pressure. You have to get over the line. I knew when he took that fourth leg (in the final set) the next one was massive.
"At the end, I just reminded him of the occasion. I said, 'You're in your first World Grand Prix final, you've got many more to come, don't feel too down; go home and think about where you've been - somewhere more than 30,000 darts players around the world would like to be."
Taylor's focus now turns to the 2014 PDC World Championship in December - a title he will defend after beating Michael van Gerwen last time out.
"Am I hungry for a 17th world title? Am I ever!" Taylor said. "I'm very excited about it. I can't wait."