LUKE WOODHOUSE has made headlines all over the world…from his kitchen. The World No.57 is the biggest story of the PDC Home Tour so far after landing a perfect nine-dart leg in a win over double major winner Gerwyn Price.
Woody, 31, was big news in all the national newspapers and even made headlines in the Washington Post – all from darts thrown next to his cooker!
Now the Darts World cover star for May is getting ready for the last 32 of the Home Tour against former World Champion Rob Cross, Ryan Searle, and Daniel Larsson in a week’s time (May 30). He admitted: “I was straight off on the second night so it happened quite quickly.
“My set-up is in the kitchen, it’s the only place in the house where it’s sort of suitable, I’ve got quite a big kitchen, there’s an alcove bit. “On the night I played I had to keep the wife and two kids out of the way, so they were in the living room!
“The stream was actually running a little bit behind so they actually heard me hit the nine-darter before they saw it on their phone watching in the other room.“To be honest when I did it, I didn’t think too much about it. As far as I’m concerned I’m just throwing darts at home in the kitchen. I didn’t know how many people would be watching.
“It’s gone a bit crazy. It’s been great that the fans have been able to watch some live darts, it’s brilliant and for the players as well to be doing something half competitive.”
Bewdley battler Woody KO’d Michael Smith in the World Championship before losing out 4-2 to Dimtri Van den Bergh, suffering from a heavy cold. But now he hopes this latest tournament success can up his belief for greater success. He added: “Hopefully I can be the At Home champion of the world. It’ll be lovely if something positive comes out of it. “It will also be good if it gives me a kick start and pushes my confidence up even further.
“Lockdown’s not been too bad, I get to spend more time with the family than I usually would if I was travelling up and down the country. “We’ve been doing a bit of homeschooling with the kids, plenty to do even though we have been stuck indoors.”
Phil Lanning| 5-times award-winning journalist/publicist
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