Terry Jenkins has revealed that his trademark moustache may be set for a permanent comeback after his opening round victory at the World Darts Championship on Saturday night.
The nine-time major finalist allowed James Wade to shave off his tache at a charity exhibition in 2012, and it had not since returned for a major televised tournament.
However, Jenkins emerged unshaven for his first round clash with Australia’s John Weber at the Alexandra Palace on Saturday night, much to the delight of his loyal band of supporters, and went on to close out an impressive 3-1 victory.
The Bull admits his infamous tache could be here to stay after strong demand from his fans, and he hopes they’ll be no close shaves in the sport’s show-piece event.
“A lot of people kept asking me “where’s the tache gone?” so I decided to grow it back for the World Championship!” Jenkins told Live Darts.
“I just told Gary Anderson in the practice room that if I play him and I’ve got a tache, he’ll never beat me, so every time I play him I’ll make sure it’s there!”
The world number 16, who reached the final of the UK Open and European Championship earlier this season, averaged almost 99 in his impressive first round salvo to set up a second round clash with another Australian in Loz Ryder.
He added: “I’m happy with the way I played.
“I got off to a good start then I made a bit of a mess of it, but I held myself together with a lot of 140s and that’s what I like to hit, I’m not too fussed about the 180s, it’s the consistency that counts.
“When you’re playing somebody you don’t know, you’re not sure exactly what they’re capable of but you’ve just got to make sure you concentrate on your own game.
“I’m feeling confident. I was smashing everything in on the practice board and this is the first time I’ve practiced properly for a while.
“Recently I’ve been playing better with a lot less practice, but I needed to put the effort in for this one and it’s paying off.
The 51-year-old insists he is wary of the threat posed by debutant qualifier Ryder, after dumped out 17th seed Justin Pipe earlier in the day and says winning the world title would see him realise a boyhood dream.
“He played well in the first set and the last two sets and he’s no mug. I’ve got to go up there and play well again like I did tonight.
“I’ve always wanted to win it and I’ve always said when I was younger that I would be World Champion one day and if I could go on to do it, that would be brilliant.”