Joy For Gurney
Daryl Gurney won his first PDC televised major title, after victory in the Unibet World Grand Prix at the Citywest in Dublin. Gurney beat Australia Simon Whitlock 5-4 in final that had just about everything. Over the past 12 months, the Northern Irish ace has broken into the world’s elite, with a string of excellent performances both on and off the television. Earlier on in the summer, Gurney reached his first televised final, when he was beaten by world number one Michael van Gerwen in the final of the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.
Early in the World Grand Prix final Gurney struggled to settle, as Whitlock charged into a 2-0 set lead. Gurney was forced to dig deep to drag back the 2 set deficit, when Whitlock took a 4-3 lead the title looked to be slipping away from Gurney. The pressure looked to be getting the better of Gurney, as he seemed to shoulder barge Whitlock on the oche. Gurney would recompose himself to win the final two sets of the final, to claim his maiden PDC Major title.
Gurney lost for words
“I’m lost for words – I can’t believe it, I really can’t,
“It feels better than anything else I’ve ever felt in my life. Dreams do come true, and this is a dream.
“I wanted to come up here tonight and play my best game but giving Simon the first set got me more determined. I still had the belief in me that I could come back when I was 2-0 down.
“Simon played brilliantly tonight, and he may have won against somebody else, but I was so determined. He’d played better than me during the week, but I knew that I could do better tonight and I wasn’t going to give up.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve done my best in every game, and I fought in every single leg all week.”
After claiming the £100,000 winners cheque, Gurney is at a career high of number six in the PDC order of merit. Also, Gurney will now not need to qualify for the upcoming Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, as the winner of the Grand Prix automatically gains a place. By winning the World Grand Prix, should also seal Gurney’s place in next years Unibet Premier League. Over the next five years, the sky’s the limit for the young man from Northern Ireland, as the darting juggernaut shows no sign of slowing up. The sport is making millionaires and global superstars for it’s elite, and Gurney is now firmly part of this.