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Phil Taylor produced some of the finest darts of his stellar career to clinch his 16th world title with victory over Michael van Gerwen in a high-quality Ladbroke World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace.
Below is a brief biography of one of the finest men to have graced to oche.
1960: August 13 - Born Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
1988: Wins first title at the Canadian Open. The win comes after being given £10,000 sponsorship from darts legend Eric Bristow on the condition Taylor gives up his job to concentrate on darts full time.
1990: Wins first BDO World Championship title, beating his mentor and top seed Bristow 6-1 in the final to claim the title at odds of 125/1.
1992: Wins second BDO world title.
1994: After a group of players break away from the BDO, Taylor loses to Dennis Priestley in the first final of the PDC World Championship.
1995: Wins his first PDC world crown, beating Rod Harrington 6-2. Goes on to win eight consecutive PDC crowns. Also wins first of 13 World Matchplay titles.
1998: Wins first of 10 World Grand Prix titles.
1999: Beats BDO world champion Raymond van Barneveld 21 legs to 10 in a one-hour challenge match.
2000: December - Awarded MBE.
2002: May - Has MBE revoked after being found guilty of sexual assault.
August 1 - Claims first televised nine-dart finish against Chris Mason in World Matchplay.
2003: Run of world title victories is ended as John Part beats him 7-6 in the final.
2004: Regains PDC world title with 7-6 win over Kevin Painter. Goes on to win 2005 and 2006 titles.
2005: Wins inaugural Premier League Darts title.
2007: Taylor loses 7-6 to Van Barneveld in PDC World Championship final. Taylor later describes it as the best final he has played in.
2008: Fails to reach PDC final for first time, losing 5-4 to Wayne Mardle in quarter-finals.
2009: Gains revenge over Van Barneveld with 7-1 win to reclaim PDC crown.
2010: January - Wins 13th PDC world crown with 7-3 win over Simon Whitlock.
May 24 - Becomes first player to hit two nine-dart finishes in one game, against James Wade in the Premier League.
December - Runner-up in BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
2011: Inducted into PDC Hall of Fame.
2013: Beats Michael van Gerwen 7-4 to make it 14 PDC world championships and 16 titles overall.