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NEW BOYS FIND IT TOUGH

Posted by Stuart Pyke at 14:30 on 31st March 2009 in UniBlog

If ever there was any doubt that the PDC is the elite in world darts, the last month or so has given us plenty of evidence.

Former BDO World No.1 Gary Anderson and ex BDO World Champion Mark Webster have certainly found out the hard way!

Since the pair took that great leap of faith across the great darting divide, they have both struggled to come to terms with the fierce competition that exists on the PDC Pro Tour.

Results have borne that out, as Webster and Anderson have so far struggled to make an impact on the biggest stage in world darts.

But I believe in the old cliché – Form is temporary but class is permanent!

Webster won a World title and remember, in the past, Anderson swept aside the rest in winning the International Darts League and World Darts Trophy and of course, he has also reached the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts on two occasions.

It has taken the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Jelle Klaasen a long time to adapt to the rigours of the PDC circuit and only in the last six months have we started to see the immense talent they both undoubtedly possess, transfer into results on the circuit.

I guess the exception to the rule has been Robert Thornton. The Scot has relished the challenge and to be on the verge of the world’s top 16 after just nine months with the PDC is an amazing achievement.

In my mind, both Anderson and Webster will come good but they are both under pressure to start achieving big results on the PDC Pro Tour, as they chase prized places – through the Players Championship Order of Merit – at the World Matchplay in Blackpool in July.

But all it takes is one good tournament….with £6,000 on offer for the winner of Players Championship events, £3,000 for the runner-up and £1,500 for beaten semi-finalists, Anderson and Webster know it is in their own hands.

The pair came to the PDC for the challenge. Andy Fordham has also thrown his hat in the PDC ring and top Australian Simon Whitlock will soon follow suit – but it will be a long hard road ahead!

Finally, just a word about Anastasia Dobromyslova, who deserves all the praise in the world for what she has achieved so far….she has already produced some great results and has proved she certainly belongs in the elite!

There are 2 comments to this post

Posted by Gabber at 14:44 on 1st April 2009

Anderson wont do anything untill he puts some hard work in and stops listening to his fanboys calling him the 2nd best player in the world. He isnt the saviour some people make him out to be.

Webster will be alright..he''s already made one semi final and has played well in some of his defeats.

Anderson wont make the Matchplay though. He''s trying to wing it and that just doesnt work in the PDC as his result against Colin Monk and Geoff Wylie prove.

Posted by john dalton at 22:08 on 30th April 2009

What you on about mate - Gary Anderson has hammered Phil Taylor in the past and I believe that after one year on the PDC tour he will be the new thteat to all the others, Anderson avereages above the 100 mark consistently and missed doubles make this figure even higher he will take all of the top players very shortly and he will qualify for the Matchplay and get to at least the semis

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