Webster not in NY state of mind

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 8:25 GMT

Mark Webster hopes he won't be off to New York again this December after his first-round exit at last year's PDC World Darts Championship.

Mark Webster: 'It's not been the greatest year'

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The 29-year-old lost to fellow Welshman Richie Burnett on the first night of the event and quickly swapped Ally Pally for the Big Apple.

'Webby' enjoyed the holiday and admits it saved him from having to watch the rest of the tournament on television.

"I still enjoyed Christmas (last year) as I went off to New York and treated myself," Webster told sportinglife.com.

"I can't be doing with watching darts for three weeks if I'm not involved and I always enjoy Christmas with my family win or lose. That will never change.

"I'd had a good year apart from the World Championship so thought I'd treat myself and my girlfriend. It was a good time and saved me having to watch the tournament.

"It was very cold but I enjoyed it."

Webster entered last year's tournament on the back of some strong results including a run to the final of the Players Championship Finals.

This has been a tough season for the Welshman with a run to the semi-finals of the World Cup with Wales team-mate Burnett his best result.

A good run at Ally Pally would give Webster some confidence to take forward but a clash against Ian White, who has enjoyed some good results on the ProTour this year, provides a tough first test.

"I'm looking forward to it but it's not been the greatest year.

"I'm trying to end it on a high and look on to next year. There have been little glimpses now and then but really I haven't played well at all.

"I don't really know why it hasn't gone well. Maybe it was a bit of added pressure on myself or the fact that I worked so hard to get back in the Premier League and missed it by not that far last year.

"I just have to keep reiterating the fact that I will be starting again next year. You keep practicing and hope that your hard work will pay off so hopefully that will be the case."

Webster competed in the 2011 Premier League on the back of two semi-final appearances in a row at the PDC World Championship following his move over from the BDO.

The Welshman finished bottom of the Premier League standings but nearly got another shot after going close to qualification for this year's tournament.

Webster isn't worried about getting a spot in the eight-man field in 2013 but that isn't to say he's ruled it out completely.

"The priority is to get playing well again and the Premier League will come if I play well enough.

"I'm really not bothered about it one bit after it being a bit of an obsession last year.

"I'm not even in the equation but without being disrespectful to Andy Hamilton (who finished runner-up in the 2012 World Championship), he wasn't this time last year.

"I'm just there to try and play well and kick on for next year."


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