The year is flying by fast which is good news for darts fans as it means we are not far away from the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship which begins in December from the Alexandra Palace in London.
Here is a look at three players who could have a really deep run in the draw this year.
Darts fans are still waiting for former youth world champion to kick on and take the next step in the men’s game by winning one of the big tournaments on the circuit. The 24-year-old took the PDC by surprise when he reached the final of the UK Open in 2018, losing to Gary Anderson in the final. He has wins over Gerwyn Price, Chris Dobey and Martin Schindler. Cadby has the opportunity to shine in the upcoming events which are taking place Down Under in Australia and New Zealand where he will get some invaluable match practice against the world’s top players. Cadby is definitely a candidate for being a likely world champion in the future but don’t be surprised if he picks up some big results later this year and advances into the latter stages at the Ally Pally.
It came as no surprise to those who have watched the BDO over the past few years that Glen Durrant has performed so well this early on the PDC circuit. The man from Middlesbrough won his first title in just his fourth PDC Tour event when he beat Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-3 in the final. The three-time BDO world champion also reached the semi-final of the World Matchplay recently, beating world number one Michael van Gerwen in the second round before losing to Michael Smith in the last four in Blackpool. Durrant is now 16/1 in the darts betting to win the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship where he will be bidding to follow in the footsteps of Raymond van Barneveld who won the tournament at the first attempt following his switch from the BDO.
Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney is now up to number three in the world PDC rankings. SuperChin is a two-time Major winner following success in the 2017 World Grand Prix and the 2018 Players Championship Final, the latter in which he defeated van Gerwen in the final, 11-9. His record in the PDC World Championship is not great as he has only once reached the quarter-finals in six appearances. Last year, he was surprised in the third round when beaten by Jamie Lewis 4-3. Gurney has been in great form recently as he progressed through to the semi-final of the Premier League of Darts and the World Matchplay. Expect SuperChin to do much better at the Ally Pally this year where he will feel he has a point to prove in the biggest tournament in the sport.
The next Major event on the PDC circuit is the World Grand Prix in Dublin which begins on October 6.