World Cup of Darts: Daryl Gurney staying focused despite reaching four in the world

Daryl Gurney (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Daryl Gurney (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Daryl Gurney is is keeping his feet firmly on the floor as he prepares to represent Northern Ireland for the fourth time in the BetVictor World Cup of Darts.

The world number reached the Premier League Play-Offs for the first time last month at just the second attempt, but missed out on reaching the final after a narrow 10-7 defeat to eventual champion Michael van Gerwen.

It's been a pretty good season so far for the 2018 Players Championship Finals winner having bagged his first European Tour title at the end of March, but he is taking nothing for granted despite being as high as four in the world.

He told www.pdc.tv: "Just because I'm top four in the world and reached the Premier League Play-Offs doesn't mean I have the right to beat anybody else.

"You can never predict how well you're going to do in PDC event because the standard is so high, I could go and average 104 and get beaten."

Gurney is teaming up with Brendan Dolan for the World Cup and the pair should be confident of another good run having reached the 2016 semi-finals.

"I know Brendan is at home practicing hard and hopefully he will be as good as he was alongside Mickey Mansell at the 2015 event before I started playing in it.

"If we get that player back we can beat anybody in Hamburg and you never know, we could win the whole thing.

"Looking back on this year's Premier League it was successful for me because I beat my points tally from the previous year, which was my goal at the start.

"It wasn't to be at The O2 but the Premier League is the best darts competition you can play in and I can be pleased with how I performed overall."

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