Jonny Clayton has had a sensational year on the oche and now believes that he has a ‘damn good chance’ of winning the PDC World Championship for a first time.
The Ferret has picked up four big titles in 2021, winning the Masters, Premier League, World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals, cementing his place as one of the finest players on the planet.
He is only ranked number eight in the PDC Order of Merit as three of those four titles were unranked, but there is little debate that he has been one of the top four in the world over the calendar year.
Now with the World Championship just a month away the 47-year-old feels he is well placed to challenge for the enormous Sid Waddell Trophy.
‘It’s in the back of my head that the way I’ve played this year, I’ve got a damn good chance that I could win that Worlds,’ Clayton told Oche Magazine. ‘But it’s back to the next tournament first.
‘Obviously you think about it, you think about it the first time you pick the darts up for the first tournament of the year.
‘You think that this is all to do with getting to the World Championship and trying to win that.
‘That’s about all I do think about it, that’s a month away and I look forward to that tournament when it comes.’
Clayton has never been beyond the third round at Alexandra Palace, losing out in a thriller to his good friend Joe Cullen last time around.
He will be a different prospect this year, though, going in as one of the favourites alongside defending champion Gerwyn Price and former winners Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright.
The Ferret will be looking to add another big piece of silverware to his collection in the coming days, getting his Grand Slam of Darts campaign underway on Saturday afternoon against Rusty-Jake Rodriguez.
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