Despite winning multiple 2019 PDC titles Ian ‘Diamond’ White has struggled to capitalise during the major TV events.
In his 2nd Round defeat to Stephen Bunting White missed five match darts and let slip a 9-4 lead. Although pleased for “Bullet” who is an old friend, White admitted the loss was tough to take.
Writers on the dartsworld.com team have been predicting a Whitey surge for a while now and it seemed that the Matchplay was a likely place for him to kick on.
In an interview with Live Darts “Diamond” admitted:
“I’m still not over it. It was just a killer for me”.
“I know I’ve got to get over it but it was just so annoying. I’m still gutted now,” White, currently ranked 10 by the PDC, admitted.
“I’ve been playing well all year, so going into the tournament I was on the first page of the betting odds and that’s never happened, so everyone must recognise what I’ve been doing in the last few months”.
His recent form had obviously increased Ian’s confidence going into the event, he continued;
“I just thought that was my tournament, I really felt good.
“I thought that was my chance but it just didn’t happen.”
His comments seem to suggest he has not yet reconciled these factors;
“I’ve had another semi-final and a quarter-final since on the floor.
“But I’m doing that quite regularly, so I just need these TV tournaments,”.
“There are four more European Tours coming up and hopefully I can do well in them.
“I’ve won two already this year and if I can win two more, it’s like winning a major, because it’s a hundred thousand pounds.
“If I can win another two of them then that’s really going to push me on.
“The second half of the year is where I usually fall down, so hopefully this year, if I can keep doing what I’ve done in the first half, then I should be quite comfortable in the top ten.”
If Whitey is correct then yet again he will be headed to Ally Pally on the verge of a Premier League place. In recent years that has not boded well for the Stoke resident. Yet many are convinced that he would shine in the format.