After victory in The Auckland Darts Masters, Kyle Anderson has set his sights on further glory this year. Anderson has a whirlwind last two weeks, we have seen Anderson win his first Pro Tour event in Barnsley. On route to that victory, Anderson also hit a nine dart finish. Now the unseeded Aussie star has just beaten the cream of the PDC to be crowned the Auckland Darts Master, after defeating stablemate Corey Cadby in the final. Anderson had the toughest looking first round tie, as he was drawn against the number one seed and defending champion Gary Anderson. Kyle produced one of his best performances on TV, as he sent the number one seed packing in the first round. Anderson would then have to get past his world cup team mate Simon Whitlock, this would go to a final leg shootout, and it was Kyle who held his nerve to win 11-10. In the semi-final, Kyle would meet the eight times major winner James Wade. If you saw the end scoreline, you would say that it was a one sided game, this was far from it. James missed doubles, and Kyle took his chances. Both players played well, but it was the Aussie who booked his place in his first TV final.
The final was an all Aussie affair, as Anderson would play young star Corey Cadby. Cadby had stunned sixteen times world champion Phil Taylor in the semi-final, with Taylor showing petulant side as often his has in recent years. Both players are under the guidance of Mac Elkin at the Sportsman Management Company, so knew each other’s games inside out. Cadby had the better of the early exchanges, then Anderson the middle section of the final. With the final on a knife edge, the Aussie lads would be forced into a final leg shootout to be crowned champion. Anderson used the advantage of throwing first, as that’s all that separated them. Anderson would win the final 11-10, but both came out of the Auckland Darts Masters as champions.
After Anderson was full of joy and emotion, as he spent ten months of the year away from his family to play darts. It’s these moments that make it worthwhile.
“It was my first time playing in Auckland and I loved every minute of it,” said Anderson.
“I felt sick in my stomach after the game because of the elation of getting that double four. I’m happy, I’m proud and I’m looking forward to Melbourne.
“It’s the first tournament in Melbourne and I’m looking forward to that one. I’m rapt with the way I’m playing; it’s all in the doubles and the doubles are going in.
“I don’t want one more [TV title], I want a whole load of them. I know I’m good enough, but it’s a matter of on the day when you play.
“I’m not going to come out and say that I’ll win every title because it’s not going to happen, but I’m going to come out and get as far as I can, and if I win one then I win one.
“I know I’ve got the capability and I’ve just got to put it together. If I get the doubles and scoring together then I should be fine.”
Following this weekend’s event at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, which will be held from August 18-20, Anderson will be amongst the competitors at Perth’s HBF Stadium – where he will be cheered on by a large family contingent.
“In Perth, my family’s going to be there,” he added. “I haven’t seen them for 12 months, so it’s going to be emotional.
“It’s going to be brilliant and I’m looking forward to playing well there.”