Gary Anderson is hoping 2017 could be the year that it all clicks for him at the Winter Gardens.
The world number two has notoriously struggled at the World Matchplay, with last year’s run to the semi-finals only the second time in eight appearances that the Scot has got past the second round.
With two World Championship and Premier League titles under his belt, as well as a victory in the Players Championship Finals, and runs to the finals of the World Grand Prix, Grand Slam, UK Open and European Championship, the World Matchplay is the only major which Anderson has not reached the final in.
The Scot takes on Blackpool debutant Christian Kist in his first round tie on Saturday, and is hoping this could be the year he makes it to the second Sunday at the Winter Gardens.
“I’ll be giving it my best but I’ve always seemed to struggle in Blackpool,” Anderson said.
“I’ve made the semis a couple of times but I’ve never really felt comfortable there.
“That might change this week, you never know. I’ll take each game as it comes and see what happens.”