PDC World Darts Championship: Daryl Gurney confident of landing maiden Ally Pally title

Daryl Gurney won the Players Championship Finals
Daryl Gurney won the Players Championship Finals

Daryl Gurney believes anything is possible at the PDC World Darts Championship in the wake of his memorable triumph at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

The 2017 World Grand Prix champion claimed the second televised title of his career in dramatic circumstances when defeating hot favourite Michael van Gerwen 11-9 in a gripping final, which saw him come back from 9-8 down to end the Dutchman's three-year reign as champion.

Gurney had lost 12 and drawn one of his last 13 meetings with MVG while his last of two previous victories came back in 2016 and he'd never before beaten the world number one live on TV.

This landmark moment in his career has given the Northern Irishman a lot of confidence ahead of the World Championship, where he'll open up against either Ross Smith or fan favourite Paul Lim.

Gurney, who is 25/1 with Sky Bet to taste glory at Alexandra Palace, told www.pdc.tv: "Heading into the Worlds I'm playing well and I feel like I can beat anybody.

"But with this win there's now a bigger bullseye on my back and I will have to be at my best because at the worlds everyone raises their game by 10-15 percent.

"If I go into the tournament thinking 'oh I've won the Players Championship Finals so I'm going to get through my first game no problem' then that will see me heading home very quickly.

"Last weekend is gone now and when the referee calls 'game on' at Ally Pally I will be absolutely focused on the job in hand."

There were tears of joy for Gurney in Minehead after a stunning 85 finish on the bull prompted the world number five to sprint across stage to celebrate with his family and management team.

"That was the scariest bullseye I've ever hit in my life," Gurney admitted. "I was hoping that it went in to avoid going to a deciding leg and thankfully it did.

"It's always a great feeling to get over the line against the best player in the world, every time I play him I seem to fight so hard.

"I kept saying to myself 'just play your darts' and that allowed me to punish his misses.

"I'm over the moon with this win, it's on a par with my World Grand Prix win - to win any TV tournament is unbelievable."

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