Burnett takes Sunday Nuland title
Former Lakeside Champion Richie Burnett won his first ranking event title in ten years by beating Dave Chisnall in Sunday’s Nuland Players Championship event, and in doing so booked his place at the World Grand Prix next month.
A winner’s cheque of £6,000 moved the Welshman up to 17th in the Players Championship Order of Merit and up to 10th in the list of players who hadn’t already qualified for the World Grand Prix via the PDC rankings.
“I'm over the moon,” said Burnett. “I've felt it was there for the last year since I was back playing seriously again and everything came together for me.
“I knew this was the last resort and when I woke up this morning I said to myself 'let's go for it'. I knew that if I hit my doubles I could win, because I can out-score anybody and that's what happened.
“I came into this weekend thinking if I can win one, and I know I'm capable, it might get me into the World Grand Prix so there was massive pressure on me.”
Burnett was later drawn to play Gary Anderson in the first round of the World Grand Prix next Tuesday (October 4th).
“If I'm playing well I can beat anybody and it should be a fantastic game with Gary,” the player known as The Prince of Wales added.
The Welshman is priced at betting odds of 250/1 to win the World Grand Prix and is certain to be a massive outsider when the match betting odds are released for his opener against Anderson.
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