New Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson insists he always knew he had the game to compete for titles on the big stage.
The Australian edged past his compatriot Corey Cadby 11-10 in the final of this year’s Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB & Burger King, to win his maiden televised title earlier today.
The world number 28, who won his first PDC title after clinching Players Championship 17 earlier this month, defeated top seed Gary Anderson and James Wade on his way to victory in New Zealand this weekend, and has now set his sights on winning more titles in front of the cameras as the World Series heads to Australia next week.
“I’m so pleased to win this,” he said. “I’ve always known I’ve had the ability and I’m starting to show everyone now.
“The 160 in the seventh leg was the crucial moment, it made me believe I could win it after Corey had started so well.
“My scoring has been good and I’m hitting my doubles now, so let’s hope I can carry that on when we head to Melbourne and Perth.”
Cadby, like Anderson, was playing in his first senior televised final, having knocked out Peter Wright and Phil Taylor, the two recent World Matchplay finalists, on his way to the decider, and will get two chances to follow in his fellow Aussie’s footsteps as he competes in World Series events in Melbourne and Perth over the next fortnight.
“Confidence is the key and I believe in myself, I always want to win but I’m really pleased for Kyle,” the 22-year-old said.
“It’s Aussie, Aussie, Aussie all the way and I can’t wait to go home.”