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World of Sport

18th Dec 2020

“I’ll never be the best player in the world but I can beat the best”


Daryl Gurney is feeling good.

In 2016 (the 2017 tournament), he backed up the hype that was building around him when he burst the whole way through to the World Championship quarter-final.

Only Michael van Gerwen was able to stop him in his tracks but when the Derry man got motoring, you got a visible sense of self-belief. And real talent.

Two games down now, two impressive performances and Gurney is starting to peacock again.

Limerick’s Willie O’Connor was at the end of Gurney’s rampage on Thursday as he averaged 99 and saw off a comeback to take his place in round three.

Putting down O’Connor is no mean feat and Gurney’s peerless opening two sets is exactly what was needed to put him within reach of the victory.

So even when O’Connor fought back to 2-2, Gurney knew it would turn.

Now he’s set up to play Chris Dobey on the 27th and if he can do that, he’s back in the quarters – back to the furthest he’s made it in the PDC World Championship. So far.