Today we will be taking a look at Glen Durrant’s story so far in the the PDC. ‘Duzza’ who made the switch from the BDO over to the PDC 15 months ago has risen up the PDC rankings to 19th in the world.
He is a winner of two PDC titles, in which was two PDC Players Championship events. He is now a established PDC elite player and is now a Premier League player.
The North East man reached the Semi-Finals of three PDC Major events last year in which was the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and the Grand Slam Of Darts. In the most important tournament of all which is the PDC World Championships, he got to the Quarter Finals in what rounded off an amazing first year in the PDC.
We will take a look at how he was three darts away from not winning a PDC Tour Card a year and a half ago. He went to Wigan 15 months ago to take the next big step in his career, Q School.
Glen Durrant – The Story So Far In The PDC
Four days of action in a leisure centre, nearly 400 players competing for 20 tour card spots up for grabs. On day one, Durrant suffered a disappointing last 128 exit, losing out to Darren Herewini 5-4 in a last leg decider. Day two, it was another early exit for Glen, suffering another last leg decider defeat to Vince Tipple.
It wasn’t looking good for Duzza heading into the remaining last two days, he knew he would have to win his card outright or have 2 really good runs, and that’s what happened.
He fought his way to a Semi-Final run on day 3, losing out to Reece Robinson. He didn’t win outright, so heading into the last day, he knew he would need to have a bit of luck and find another deep run.
This time around he reached the last 16, surviving three match darts from Matthew Dennant in his last 128 and if Durrant had of lost that game, he wouldn’t have won his card. Thanks to his great Semi-Final run on the Saturday, that helped his cause as he finished 3rd on the Q School Order Of Merit with 12 points.
It didn’t took long before he settled into life as a Professional Dart Player, in his second event, he reached the final of PDC Players Championship 2, losing out in a last leg decider to Dave Chisnall.
He clearly loves Sunday’s, as Sunday at Q School he won his card a few weeks later he reaches a final of PDC Players Championship 2 (Sunday), and the following Sunday he wins his first PDC Title, defeating Dimitri Van den Bergh in the final and it was clear he has hit the heights in his first few weeks a PDC player.
Glen decided to call it a day on his day time job back in March last year as a Housing Estate agent after 30 years, he felt the time was right to give it his best shot in the PDC which has clearly worked out for him so far.
In May, Durrant went onto clinch his second PDC title,thrashing Darius Labanauskas 8-1 in the final of Players Championship 15, with the World Matchplay 2 months way, this win was huge to secure qualification for the tournament.
The following week he fought his way to the Quarter Finals of the PDC Dutch Darts Masters,another vital run, picking up £5,000 for his efforts another step towards qualifying for the World Matchplay in which meant he was definitely going to be making his Winter Gardens debut in July.
In what was his second PDC TV event (World Matchplay) as a Professional, he reached the Semi-Finals. He was drawn to face Adrian Lewis in the first round, in which he went onto win comfortably 10-4 to set up a meeting with Michael van Gerwen in the second round.
In a match that went all the way and both players having to win by two clear legs, ‘Duzza’ came out a 13-11 victor to book his place in the Quarter Finals and a clash with James Wade.
Durrant, who was arguably the man of the tournament, continued where he left off, securing a 16-7 victory over an out of sorts James Wade. His dream was over,in the Semi-Finals his hopes of winning the World Matchplay was conquered by Michael Smith as the ran out a 17-10 winner over an inspired Duzza, who should hold his head high after a remarkable run.
After the World Matchplay, he continued his consistency, reaching two Quarter Finals in the PDC Players Championship events, a Quarter Final and a Semi-Final on the European Tour.
The next major TV event coming up was the World Grand Prix in Dublin, just a day before the tournament started, he reached the final of Players Championship 28, losing out to Jose De Sousa.
With his form looking good once again heading into the double in double out tournament, he made the Semi-Finals, losing out to
Dave Chinsall. He started his journey with victories over Krzystof Ratajski, and then edging out Rob Cross 3-2 in sets to reach the Quarter Finals.
He met Dutch star Jermaine Wattimena, edging him out 3-2 to book his place in the Semi-Finals where he would meet Dave Chisnall. Durrant’s epic was ended as ‘Chizzy’ comfortably seen off Durrant 4-1 in sets.
Glen then went onto complete his trio runs of Semi-Finals of three major TV events, thanks to a Semi-Final in the Grand Slam Of Darts, where he was defeated by Peter Wright. He was given a nightmare group, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Martin Schindler.
That didn’t effect him as he finished second in the group, with wins over Nathan Aspinall and Martin Schindler. In the last 16, he was handed a tricky tie against Gabriel Clemens as he edged out the German 10-9 to set up a clash with Michael Smith in the Quarters in which he got his revenge on him as ‘Bullyboy’ defeated him in the group phrase.
Durrant saw off Smith 16-12 and that would mean he would face off against Peter Wright for a place in the final. ‘Snakebite’ had too much for Glen as he seen off the Boro man 16-11 to end Glen’s fantastic run, yet again.
Next up, was the Players Championship Finals, where he recorded victories over Scott Baker and Max Hopp, before losing out to Raymond van Barneveld in the last 16. This set him up for the World Championships.
The big one arrived, the biggest tournament in darts, the PDC World Championships at the Alexandra Palace. 96 players, played over 3 weeks. Glen was handed a tough first round tie against Damon Heta, where it was a win with ease, winning 3-0.
In the last 32, he faced off against Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, where he went onto win 4-2 and to set up a clash with fellow North East and friend, Chris Dobey in what went to a last set, Durrant coming out on top 4-3. Next up was Gerwyn Price in the Quarter Finals,with Glen running out of steam, Price came out the strongest to win 5-1 in sets. That result ended Duzza’s superb run and a magnificent first year in the PDC, two PDC titles, three major Semi-Final runs and a Quarter Final at the World Championships.
Thanks to all this he earned himself a spot in this year’s Premier League, where is top of the table with five games played.
By Carter Guiney