Phil Taylor calls for Leighton Bennett to be included in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts
Phil Taylor has known to be contained in Wolverhampton in this season’s Grand Slam of Darts.
By becoming the youngest world champion in January, defeating Scotland’s Nathan Girvan 3-0 in the Lakeside to acquire the BDO World Youth Championship bennett slipped into the spotlight.
The schoolboy nicknamed’Boom Boom’ has also scooped six of those 10 events on the Junior Darts Corporation circuit and has enjoyed success on the senior BDO Tour.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn has advocated that the BDO to include Bennett as one of their eight agents for November event and speculation is mounting the 13-year-old is being considered for choice.
The Lincolnshire-born star has climbed to 17th over the seasonal BDO standings above the likes of Scott Waites and Martin Adams, also Taylor considers Bennett’s potential inclusion would generate substantial interest.
“I am not a significant dart-watcher,” Taylor told Sky Sports.
“Somebody just asked me a question of youthful Leighton Bennett and should he have a wildcard to Wolverhampton?
“My response was that I don’t watch the darts on TV but if Leighton Bennett understands a wildcard I’ll see it because he is exciting. He’s a nightmare to perform.”
Taylor retired from action after the 2018 World Championship, however Bennett has been confronted by the 16-time world winner twice and he has experienced mixed fortunes.
‘The Power’ conquered the child 10-7 in March in the Tower of London, although Bennett acquired his revenge, defeating the 59-year-old 4-1 in the SAP Darts Slam in Frankfurt back in June.
“I’ve played with him a couple of times and he’s a complete nightmare, since he’s a young lad and he is good,” Taylor added.
“He has no fear at him at all. I quite enjoy that in him.”
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It’s not long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of coverage continues until the closing on Saturday.
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