‘Duzza’ Glen Durrant produced another phenomenal run in the Professional Darts Organisation’s BWIN Grand Slam of Darts event over in Wolverhampton over the past week as he reached the Quarter-Finals in the historic event, the Teesside-icon enjoyed victories over Peter Wright, Alan Norris and Dave Chisnall on his way to the last eight before losing out to Peter Wright 16-10 in a fantastic battle which included a stunning nine-dart attempt as he narrowly missed D12 for the ‘perfect’ leg.
Durrant moved one step further from 12 months previously, in which he had a run to the last 16 on his debut in the competition as he was defeated narrowly by Raymond van Barneveld 10-7.
Durrant referred back to that match in an interview earlier this week in which he stated that he “ learned from his mistakes” in that match as the match was poised at 5-5 at the second break and after the interval, Durrant found himself 8-5 behind in the blink of an eye.
This time round, Durrant has put in some world-class displays. In his first two group E matches the Middlesbrough-ace averaged 106 and 103 respectively as he emerged as one of the favourites for the competition.
The tournament sponsors bwin had Durrant as 80/1 post tournament to win the Grand Slam. After those first two group E matches, those odds were slashed to just 20/1. Durrant’s last 16 victory over Dave Chisnall showed another side to Duzza’s game as he could of easily folded as he missed a couple of opportunities to increase his lead to three or four legs to the good.
Chisnall stuck with Durrant all the way, but he was always in the driving seat showing extreme composure and mental strength up on the stage. One of the standout legs for me in which Durrant showed great composure was the final leg as he fired in a 14-darter in which he started with a maximum, and with Chisnall left on 77 to break throw, Durrant picked out D20 to progress.
So people ask me quite a lot, where did things all start to go right for Durrant as he has dominated the BDO circuit for the last 3/4 years? Well, it was around 2011 where Durrant started to make a name for himself within the BDO ranks as he reached the Quarter-Finals of the World Masters in which he lost out Martin Adams 3-1. In 2012, Durrant fired in his first competitive nine-dart leg in the 2012 England Darts Organisations Grosvenor Casino Tyneside Classic. The first major International open tournament win for Durrant came in September 2012, when he recorded victories against Martin Adams, Robbie Green and Martin Atkins amongst others, before defeating Scott Waites in the final to win the 2012 EDO England Classic and the £3000 first prize.
In 2014, Durrant’s progression was coming along nicely as he reached the final of the Jersey Open as he lost out to Scott Mitchell despite missing three match darts. That was following a run to the Semi-Finals of the World Masters as he was defeated in the end by Martin Phillips.
In 2015, Durrant’s dominance of the BDO circuit came into fruition as he reached the Semi-Finals of the Lakeside World Championships as he lost out in an absolute classic match with Martin Adams, ‘Wolfie’ missed D12 for a nine-dart leg in that one as he edged out Durrant 6-5 with Durrant missing one match dart to win it 6-4. The match was talked as one of the best in the history of the tournament as Durrant averaged 99.57 to Adams` 97.92 and both hits 12 ton+ finishes between them. Following that defeat, the Teesside-ace approached a sports psychologist in Stephen McKibben from Northern Ireland, who is a very popular figure with helping several top players. Glen has worked with Stephen ever since and it has enabled him to win his majors and dominate the BDO circuit. Durrant had a phenomenal year in 2015 on the BDO Circuit as he picked up many titles such as the English Classic, English Matchplay, Welsh Open, Denmark Open and Isle of Man classic titles, and was finalist in the Scottish Open, Isle of Man Open, English Open and British Classic. He also helped his country to win the WDF World Cup team title.
Durrant won his first major title when he won the Winmau World Masters title, after showing superb form throughout the tournament. He defeated Larry Butler 7-3 in the final. After the victory, Durrant mentioned about how much working with Stephen has changed him from a nearly man to a major winner.
Durrant’s second BDO major title victory came at the Zuiderduin Masters as he defeated Martin Adams 5-2 in that final with a 100.69 3-dart average.
After Durrant’s phenomenal year in 2015, he emerged as the favourite as the number one seed to win the Lakeside World Championship in January the following year, he started off superbly with convincing victories over Dean Reynolds and Larry Butler without even dropping a single set. In the last eight, Durrant came unstuck against Scott Waites despite leading 4-2 in sets and 2-0 in legs as he made his exit from the competition. But, in typical ‘Duzza’ style he managed to comeback from that disappointment as he continued to win nearly every title the BDO has to offer, he successfully defended his Winmau World Masters title after completing a 6-3 victory over Mark McGeeney.
In January 2017, Durrant acheived his dream as he was crowned the Lakeside World Champion for the first time as he completed a stunning 7-3 victory over Danny Noppert in which Durrant put in a relentless display as he sunk to his knees after realising his accomplishment. In the very first round of that tournament he was survived a stack of match darts against Paul Hogan who was 2-0 ahead at the time as he came back to win 3-2 and showed superb resolve and mental strength which wad mostly down to Stephen McKibben’s help and support and Durrant never looked back.
Following that victory, Durrant took a few months away from the game as he filled his time up with exhibitions and preparing for the upcoming major tournaments. Durrant’s form started to make it’s return as he made his bid to win the Winmau World Darts Masters for the third time on-the-spin, but he suffered a 4-2 defeat in the Quarter-Finals at the hands of Krzysztof Ratajski in the last eight with the Pole averaging over 100.
After this weeks showing, Durrant has showed why is returning to the very top of his game as he TV tournaments arrive thick and fast. For the majority of the week, the talk has been about Durrant’s possible move to the PDC in January which all depends how far he goes at the Lakeside. If he reaches the Semi-Finals or better, Duzza will not be able to attempt to win a tour card in Wigan as his contract with the BDO does not allow him to do so.
Durrant has stated in the past that the PDC is the last chapter in his career and it’s a challenge that he wishes to attempt.