Callan Rydz continued establishing his credentials, as a force to be reckoned with, over the latest PDC Development Tour weekend. His efforts included an event win and a perfect 9 dart leg. “Lightning Box” seems to be making a move in 2019.
In Saturdays’ events, Rydz reached the Qtr-finals, averaged over 95 three times (over 100 once) and defeated Luke Humphries amongst others. Despite producing a 9 dart leg (180,180,141), in the midst of a tight match, an early defeat in the day’s second event ensured plenty of rest time before day two.
The Sunday events could scarcely have turned out better. The days’ first event witnessed Rydz reaching the Qtr-Final stage again. A 4-5 defeat to an in-form Harry Ward was nothing to be ashamed of. Again Rydz recorded multiple 100+ averages while despatching good players. Despite what is a tiring schedule Callan saved the best for last. Eight successive wins, including four whitewashes, defeating Humphries in the final (whilst averaging over 106) ensured he claimed his first PDC title in style.
Although Rydz has impressed some of those who look for new darting talent, for a while now, he crossed more radars by reaching the semi-finals of the World Youth Championship last year. He was also unfortunate in narrowly missing out on a tour card from the 2019 Q School.
However, these setbacks seem to have galvanised the 20-year-old Geordie into action. Earlier in 2019, he qualified for the UK Open, via the Rileys route, and had a decent opening Development Tour weekend in early March. With this weekend’s efforts its clear that Lightning Box has struck a winning formula. The rest of 2019 will be interesting to follow.