Phil Taylor says he is ‘loving every minute’ of his last year on the tour after winning the inaugural Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters.

The 16-time world champion is retiring from the PDC circuit at the end of the current season, and added an eighth World Series of Darts title to his collection with victory in Melbourne earlier today.

Taylor defeated Peter Wright 11-8, in a repeat of last month’s World Matchplay final, which Taylor also won, to become the first name on the trophy of the newest tournament on the World Series circuit.

“I love it over here in Australia, the crowd are brilliant and I’m loving every minute of it,” the 57-year-old said.

“I’ve not got many tournaments left in me so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day.

“I’m so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all over the years, but we never believed it would get this big.

“Barry Hearn has done such a brilliant job and here’s to many more years of this sport getting bigger and bigger.”

Picture: Tim Murdoch/PDC

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