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Gurney gunning for US Masters glory in Las Vegas

Phil Lanning in Darts Interviews 02 Jul 2019
Gurney aims to hit the jackpot in Vegas (credit:Taylor Lanning)
Darting high roller Daryl Gurney is gambling on US Masters victory in Vegas to ignite the second half of his season.
The Northern Irishman, runner-up in the 2017 US Masters, has enjoyed much of his success away from the TV cameras in recent months, winning the German Championship in March and reaching the final of a ProTour event.
He narrowly missed out on a Premier League final place to eventual champion Michael van Gerwen at The O2 in May, before crashing out of the World Cup of Darts at the first hurdle alongside compatriot Brendan Dolan.
Gurney, however, insists he is ready to up his game to add to his World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals titles back on his favourite stage at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.
“I think Vegas is probably my favourite venue away from my home country,” Gurney told Live Darts. “It’s a special place to me.
“Being in the World Series events really boosted my confidence and my run to the final two years ago gave me so much belief. 
“I went on to make the Semi-Finals of the Matchplay and win the Grand Prix soon after that.
“It still bugs me a bit I lost the final to Michael van Gerwen. I was leading 5-3 but lost five of the next six legs to miss out. But I realised then I had the ability to win majors.
“In my mind it’s still there for me to win on that stage. I have the hunger to do that because it would feel like a massive win for me.
“This is a trip I look forward to a great deal. I didn’t really play like I wanted a year ago losing to Peter Wright in the quarters, but I feel I’m playing better this year and my aim is to obviously make the trip worthwhile and win it.
“Then if I can do that I’ll need to sit in my hotel room, drink a cup of tea and make sure I don’t hit the strip to gamble away my winnings!”
Gurney, 33, has risen up the world rankings in stealth-like fashion to world number three and says he is now ready to make the next step.
He added: “I had a good Premier League to make the top four, it was progress from finishing fifth the year before.
“Naturally I was disappointed not to make the final at the O2 but I’m learning all the time. 
“The World Cup I’d rather forget about, it just didn’t happen for Brendan and I.
“I think the important thing now is for me to have a good Vegas – that kicked off a great run for me in 2017 – then I can target having a better Matchplay. 
“I feel I can now make an impact in every tournament and beat anyone.”