In our second player profile, we look at Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and chart his rapid rise to darting success.
Where it all Began
The man nicknamed the SuperChin burst onto the darts scene in 2008 when reached the last eight of the Scottish Open losing to Shaun Greatbatch.
However, the performance from the then 22-year-old made a number of people in the darting world stand up and take note.
A year later, Gurney qualified for the BDO World Championships and made it all the way through to the last sixteen but lost to Martin Adams 4-2 despite an impressive showing.
A couple of years followed touring mainly on the BDO circuit followed but in 2013, everything changed when Gurney earned himself a two-year PDC tour card through Q school.
PDC career sees Gurney start to fill his potential
In 2013, a quarterfinal finish at the German Darts Championship was Gurney’s best result but in 2014 he went on to win the Ireland Players Championship and the Tom Kirby Memorial Trophy.
2015 saw Gurney record his best finish on a PDC premier event after reaching the semi-final of the Players Championship finals but lost comprehensively to Michael Van Gerwen 11-2.
Throughout 2016, Gurney was consistent and broke into the top 32 on the PDC order of merit ahead of his best year to date in 2017.
2017 was the year Gurney rose the highest has ever been in the game recording his best ever finishes becoming semi-finalist at the UK Open, European Championships, Players Championship, and the World Matchplay.
Gurney also made the quarterfinals of the World Championship and Grand Slam of Darts but then took his maiden premier title with victory at the World Grand Prix as well as winning the Players Championship.
So far in 2018, Gurney has made the last 16 of the Masters and has broken into the PDC top four order of merit.
At just 32, Gurney’s rise over the last couple of years has been remarkable and maybe a smart tip to lift the World Championship title later in the year.