Of all the Q-School graduates in 2018, John Goldie has not stolen the most headlines.

Corey Cadby is storming up the rankings, with one Tour win and a major final under his belt. Jeffrey de Zwaan and Robert Owen are making waves. Danny Noppert and Jose Antonio Justicia Perales have attracted interest, for varying reasons. But on one weekend in February, John Goldie stole the show. The Scot fired in a nine-dart leg in a European Tour qualifier.

Speaking to sponsors Red Dragon, Goldie reflected on the start of his darting career. “It’s been an incredible few weeks,” he said.

“To get through Q school on the last day and then make the UK Open is a dream come true.

“It’s been a tough start to life in the PDC. I’ve had some good moments including the nine-darter. I’d hit five in the house but they don’t count, to actually do one in competition was a great feeling.”

The 33-year old has almost everything a pro needs – except a nickname.

“My manager Matt Ward has given me the nickname Goldust which I like. It’s apparently the same as a famous wrestler,” Goldie said.

“I was originally thinking along the lines of something Manchester United. My heroes were Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.

“I like Goldust. But I’m not sure if I’ll have to wear a gold spandex shirt. I’d prefer to celebrate wins or 180s by sticking my collar up like King Eric!”

He joked: “Maybe I could make sure I beat my rivals by giving them a body slam or arm lock during the match if it’s not going my way.”

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Author: Edward McCosh