Peter Wright will be hoping to go one step further and build on a successful year as he goes in search of Dubai Duty Free Master title glory.
The Mendham-based darts ace headed back to the United Arab Emirates to once again challenge for the specially-made ‘Dallah’ trophy and a $65,000 windfall, which he narrowly missed out getting his hands on last year following a narrow 11-7 defeat to Netherlands’ World Number One Michael van Gerwen.
For the second successive year, the 45-year-old was due to face 16-time World Champion and number two seed Phil Taylor last night in the $250,000 tournament, in a repeat of last year’s opening night quarter-final.
On that occasion, ‘Snakebite’ overcame Taylor in a 10-5 success on his route to the final, leaving ‘The Power’ still yet to win a game in the two previous years of the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.
If winning the title he narrowly missed out last time out was not incentive enough for Wright to perform, the tournament also features a special prize for the first player to achieve a nine-dart finish, with an all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 car on offer.
The Suffolk-based star heads into the competition on the back of a promising year so far which has seen him clinch two titles so far.
The first saw him get over the disappointment of his elimination from the Betway Premier League by sealing the Shetland Masters title by defeating former Premier League Champion Raymond van Barneveld in an 8-6 win.
He then followed that up by hitting the first nine-dart finish of his career to lift the Players’ Championship 7 title, overcoming James Wade 6-5 in a thrilling final in Coventry earlier this month.
n Wright will also be back in action next month as he competes in the 32-nation Bwin World Cup of Darts event in Frankfurt, Germany.
The £250,000 tournament will be held at the Eissporthalle in the city from June 11-14, as the 32 pairs do battle across four days.
Wright will be joined by this year’s World and Premier League double champion Gary Anderson with Scotland being seeded number two for the event.
The first round, which will see Scotland take on Singapore’s Paul Lim and Harith Lim, will be split across Thursday, June 11 and Friday June 12, with the second round played across two sessions on Saturday, June 13, before Sunday’s finals day sees the quarter-finals in the afternoon and the semi-finals and showpiece final in the evening.