Glen Durrant made his PDC Professional Tour debut at the weekend and admits that doubts crept into his thoughts over his darting future after a first spherical exit on Saturday.
The three-time BDO world champion misplaced in his opening contest towards Alan Tabern in Players Championship 1, regardless of handing over a median of close to three figures.
Falling at the first hurdle towards the world quantity 65, regardless of taking part in extraordinarily nicely, left ‘Duzza’ questioning how he’ll compete in the PDC.
Nevertheless, he didn’t have want lengthy to shelve these doubts, reaching the ultimate of Sunday’s Players Championship 2, in what was ‘a wonderful experience.’
‘I opened up with a fantastic match against Alan Tabern,’ Durrant instructed Metro.co.uk. ‘A 99 common, which has received me BDO competitions in the previous, and I lose first spherical.
‘The first night was a long night, a couple of doubts come in, if I can’t win with a 99, what does the future maintain? So Sunday was huge for me.’
Regardless of the barely uncomfortable Saturday night time, ‘Duzza’ turned his weekend round and ended up pocketing £6,000 for his efforts on Sunday.
Having joined the administration secure of Matt Elkin, the new arrival in the PDC has fitted proper in and is loving life in his new dwelling.
‘It was everything I hoped it would be and more,’ Durrant continued. ‘I sat at a desk with Kim Huybrechts, Dimi [Van den Bergh], Kyle Anderson, Jermaine Wattimena all of us sat collectively, it felt like a actual group.
‘Then I seemed to my left and there was Michael van Gerwen sat with Vincent van der Voort and Barney. Then strolling previous me was Peter Wright and his spouse and it was a bit like, “woah, this is unbelievable.”
‘But the focus still felt a bit on me. I had an email off DartsConnect that I was the most watched player on Saturday. As much as I was hoping to be more in the background, I don’t look like simply but.
‘Saturday was a tough night, I had doubts, but now I feel I’m able to stream as a result of I’ve proved I can get to a ultimate.
‘Hopefully that scrutiny is not on me as I go further into my PDC career and I can just play darts like I can. It was a wonderful experience and I’ll carry on studying each week.’
Glen’s run to the ultimate on Sunday (the place he misplaced 8-7 to Dave Chisnall) was all the extra spectacular given the outrageous commonplace of arrows in the match which noticed 4 nine-darters hit in in the future.
‘That just proves the standard of what the PDC is all about,’ stated the three-time world champ.
‘My second sport on Sunday I was the underdog in a ground match for the first time in 5 years.
‘I’m taking part in Peter Wright and I’m not the favorite. I relaxed and I performed beautiful and I got here off considering, “If I can beat Wright, well you know.”
‘Then the players kept coming: [John] Henderson, [Robert] Thornton, Joe Cullen, I didn’t have a stroll in the park.
‘The final was a special moment and it wasn’t speedy disappointment when I misplaced, it was extra constructive. However now I’m considering: “If I could just get that win under my belt that would be one thing out of the way” however that’s simply me being grasping I guess.’
Durrant is taking part in in the Premier League this Thursday as certainly one of the ‘Contenders’ collaborating this season, earlier than returning to Players Championship motion on Saturday, once more in Wigan.