For Humphries, it is already the second major title this year, after he also won the World Grand Prix last month. Because of his strong performance, many followers are tipping him as one of the absolute top favorites for the upcoming World Cup, which starts in Alexandra Palace in mid-December. "I don't think it makes the biggest favourite no, but it puts me up there as a contender," the 28-year-old Englishman told Viaplay.
Luke Humphries favourite for PDC World Darts Championship glory overtaking Michael van Gerwen after Grand Slam of Darts win
Humphries does realize, however, that his status has changed tremendously in recent months. "I know that I can win the world title and become world number one and that is my dream."
Something Michael Smith also accomplished last year by winning the Grand Slam of Darts and the World Championship and becoming number one in the process. "I'd rather win the World Championship than be world number one but if I am world champion this year, I will be number one so I can put both together. I've got a massive opportunity to create everything I've ever dreamed of in one moment."
Next weekend, Humphries, who is seeded seventh, will first be in action at the Players Championship Finals. At Butlin's Minehead, he will take on Martin Lukeman in the opening round. The winner will take on the winner of the duel between Radek Szaganski and Ian White in the next round.