Girvan on being mentored by Mason after narrowly missing out on a Tour Card: "He's been there and done it. He knows the tricks of the trade, what to do and what not to do"

Nathan Girvan lost the PDC World Youth Championship final late last year. The 20-year-old Scot hopes that experience will help him win a Tour Card next year after narrowly missing out.

Girvan was defeated 6-1 by Josh Rock in the Youth final, with Rock going from strength to strength ever since. "The day before we played World Youth Championships I missed out on a Tour Card by a few hundred pound and it was devastating. I've never felt something like that before," the 20 recalls in conversation with Online Darts. "People say you can't teach experience and on that day Josh was by far the better player. He showed his class."

Since that heartbreak however, Girvan has been receiving help and advice from former PDC and BDO star turned darting pundit, Chris Mason. 'Mace the Ace' has reassured Girvan that missing out on a Tour Card could be for the best in the long run.

"He's been there and done it. He knows the tricks of the trade, what to do and what not to do," Girvan explains. "I've said it before in an interview. If I was to go up and hit four 9-darters and a 10, he'd say 'that wasn't good enough. You should have had five 9-darters.'"

"Having somebody that's always keeping your feet on the floor, not letting yo get carried away, you always need to have that."

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