Scott Williams will be playing at Alexandra Palace in the coming weeks and more impressively without a Tour card. Williams has been speaking to 'TungstenTales' about his hectic third year of darts and his hopes for the World Championships.
'Shaggy' has had a non-stop year and here's what he had to say about it.
“This is only my third year that I’ve played darts properly in the fact that this is the third year I’ve been to Q-school. I have done literally everything this year, I’ve done every single Challenge Tour, I’ve only missed three Pro Tours and that’s because it clashed with Challenge Tours – which I went and won that weekend anyway. I’ve played for England which is possibly the highest point for me in playing for my country…I’ve not had much time at home this year.”
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The Grand Slam was one of the major tournaments that Williams has featured in this year, in the interview he delved into his efforts in the competition.
“I was a little bit embarrassed about how I played against Luke but I took Josh all the way and I was really pleased with how I played against Ryan. It was gut wrenching in the end, I never deserved to get through to be honest so I’m okay with coming third. Luke and Josh both deserved to get through they both played fantastically over the three games… I would’ve liked to play MVG on the stage but I’ll just have to wait till next year instead.”
The 32 year old reflects on his tournament experience and how it could potentially help him for this month.
“I love the stage and I’ve obviously had a taste for it too this year on the Euro Tour as well it’s not the same but you’re playing on TV, you’re playing on stage, you’re playing in front of a few thousand people. But when you go into the venue and see all the Sky Sports trucks, the sponsors, you see Cazoo your mentality changes a little bit. You look at it and think this is the real deal.”
His debut at the PDC World Championship is almost here and it is evident how much it means to the Englishmen and he also reflects on his humble goals for the tournament.
“I’m really excited you can’t not be excited to play at Ally Pally but it was one of the goals to get in there as soon as I got the back to back Challenge Tours. Obviously getting in to Ally Pally meant getting into the players finals as well but I’m more excited about Ally Pally and being on that stage.”
“It’s a simple one and that’s to win the first game and then you go on to win the second game you’ve just got to take one game at a time when it comes to a tournament like this. Especially for someone like myself who is lower in the rankings than most other Pro Tour qualifiers.”
“I’ve watched it every Christmas for the last 5/10 years and I actually get to be there this year.”