Killarney Festival: Anderson looks to bounce back
Gary Anderson is looking to bounce back from a disappointing first round exit at the World Grand Prix at the Killarney Darts Festival this weekend.
The bookmakers have priced the Scotsman as the 5/1 favourite to win Sunday’s John McEvoy Gold Classic as he looks to recover from the disappointment of his opening round defeat to Richie Burnett in Dublin last week.
The defeat followed early exits in recent televised events at the World Matchplay and European Championship, but away from the glare of the cameras Anderson has been a dominant force. The Flying Scotsman has won two of the last five ProTour events and qualified for at least the final eight in four of those. Anderson is a worthy favourite this weekend.
Simon Whitlock also goes into the tournament in good form having finally qualified through to the Winners Group of the Championship League with victory over Vincent van der Voort in Thursday’s Group Six. The Aussie had made the semi-final stage or better in each of the first five groups and played over 50 matches at Crondon Park.
“It's brilliant to finally qualify!” said Whitlock following his win. “It's been a good journey in these six groups and very hard at times but it shows that my persistence paid off.
“I've been consistent enough in the league games but not had the success in the play-offs, but I was desperate to win and pulled out a great final leg against Vincent.”
The Aussie is made second favourite in the betting at general odds of 15/2.
A number of big names will be missing in Killarney this weekend as Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Mervyn King and Terry Jenkins have all opted not to enter.
Wes Newton and Paul Nicholson will also be looking to boost their confidence following disappointing results at the World Grand Prix. They are both available to back at odds of 10/1 for the win this weekend.