DARYL GURNEY believes that the new quickfire Unibet Premier League fixture list could help him roar up the table in just 48 hours.
The World No.7 is stuck at the bottom of the league after a sluggish start to the campaign before it was halted in mid-March.
Gurney, 34, has picked up just two draws from six matches after a luckless PL run and now faces contender Chris Dobey on his return on Tuesday night in Milton Keynes.
But the double major winner reckons that having a packed schedule of 10 matches in 13 days might help him get out of relegation trouble.
“Things weren’t going my way at all at the start of the Premier League,
hopefully the long break and change in schedule can help me.
“Before lockdown it could have taken me a fortnight to get up the table. But now that could only take 48 hours. That’s my incentive.
“Obviously it’s still just down to me. I still believe I’m in control of my own destiny. But I need to hit the ground running on Tuesday. If I can get my first win, I think I can get up the table.
“It’s going to be very different for all the players. There’s no doubt if you can hit form straight away, it could be a really good thing to have the fixtures all in one hit over two weeks.
“I’ll go there as I always do, just to focus on me and nothing else.
There’s a lot of distractions right now, different venue, no crowds and stuff like that.
You’ve got to block it all out and just play the board like you would in the ProTour.”
Gurney’s Matchplay hopes were dumped by a resurgent Vincent van der Voort in the second round at the Marshall Arena last month.
The Northern Irishman, the former Grand Prix and Players Championship winner, believes he needs a result to remind people what he is capable of when in the mood.
“I really don’t mind being off the radar if I’m being honest.
I just do my own thing and quietly go about my business. I prefer that.
“The Matchplay didn’t go to plan in any way. Fair play to Vincent, he was on a high and deserved his win. I wasn’t good enough on the night.
“It would be nice to get a few early results in Milton Keynes this time. If I can get into a good rhythm, I know I can get a decent run. Then who knows, anything is possible.”
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