With the Sydney Darts Masters less than a week away, David Platt has overcome a heart scare to take his place in this year’s lineup against the PDC elite. The Perth star will be participating in his fourth successive Sydney Masters. Platt qualified through the DPA Australian Grand Prix tour this year, as Platt has become a real force in Australian darts since he moved from the UK in 2009. This year Platt has won six ranking events and sits top of the DPA rankings only one point above young star Corey Cadby.
In June Platt had a massive health scare that left him fearing the worse, as he admitted “It did scare me. “I always think I’m 21, and to be diagnosed with a heart attack at my age scared the life out of me. Luckily I’ve had the all-clear, I can fly again, and I’m in a good place.
“Mentally I’m in a strong place, but it brought things back into perspective. I’ve got a second chance and I’m taking it.”
Having been given the all clear Platt will renew his rivalry with Cory Cadby as the pair look to qualify for this year’s world championship. The duel between the pair has been a fascinating viewing for Australian darts fans so far this year. Platt told the PDC “I’m going to give it a massive push to the run-in to the end of the season and there’s still points to play for,” said Platt.
“Everyone’s talking of Corey Cadby – he’s in my opinion the best dart player currently in Australia, but he hasn’t beaten me in the last four times I’ve played him which is testament to my game.
“He’s doing what he does best, winning darts matches and he’s winning them in fine fashion as well.”
Over the next two weeks, fans down under will enjoy the Sydney and Perth Masters, as the PDC’s best promote the game during the World Series.
By Phill Barrs