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Three Players Who Could Win Their Maiden World Title At The Ally Pally In 2019

Rob Cross Rob Cross produced one of the best stories in the history of the PDC World Championship back in January as Voltage capped off a dream debut season as a professional darts player to lift the trophy at the Alexander Palace after beating the legend of the sport, Phil Taylor, in the final. Without being disrespectful to Cross, before the world championship, he wasn’t a household name. However, he proved that if you put in the hard work in this game, you get your reward.

Many players on the tour will take inspiration from Cross’ achievement last season and will be hoping to follow in his footsteps by winning their maiden world title in January. Here are three players who have the game to rule supreme at the Ally Pally.



Michael Smith

Michael Smith - Bully Boy


After winning the World Youth Championship in 2013, a lot has been expected of Michael Smith in the game. Bully Boy has won six PDC Pro Tour titles, however, he is still waiting for his first major trophy. That wait for success in one of the big tournaments is going to come to an end soon as we have seen in the Premier League this season, he has been able to get results against the best players in the sport. Smith is 33-1 in the darts betting to win the World Darts Championship in 2019 and that price could be slashed if he wins a big competition before then.


Daryl Gurney

Daryl Gurney


2017 was a big year for Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney as he won his first PDC major crown in the World Grand Prix where he beat Simon Whitlock in an epic final 5-4. Gurney has found the position as the bad boy of the sport, however, he has the game to back up his villain character. Superchin’s best performance in the world championship was in 2017 when he was beaten in the last eight by Michael van Gerwen. The experience of the Premier League this season will have been invaluable and he has to be considered as a future world champion.





Corey Cadby

Corey Cadby - The King

Australian Corey Cadby certainly does not lack in confidence. The 2016 World Youth Champion finished runner-up in the 2018 UK Open where he fell just one game short of the title. The 23-year-old is not only full of personality; he has the game to be a real star of this sport in the upcoming years. It is difficult to say if he is ready to go all the way in the world championship just yet, however, he has picked up big results against the majority of the top players in some of the floor tournaments over the last 12 months, therefore, he is unlikely to fear anybody. No Australian has ever won the PDC World Darts Championship, however, there will be real confidence down under that they now have a player who can end that wait for their first trophy.

The 2019 PDC Word Darts Championship begins on December 13 with the final being held on January 1.


PDC Darts PDC World Darts Champions - Past Winners

1994 Dennis Priestley beat Phil Taylor 6 - 1
1995 Phil Taylor beat Rod Harrington 6 - 2
1996 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 4
1997 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 3
1998 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 0
1999 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 6 - 2
2000 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 7 - 3
2001 Phil Taylor beat John Part 7 - 0
2002 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2003 John Part beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2004 Phil Taylor beat Kevin Painter 7 - 6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Mark Dudbridge 7 - 4
2006 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2007 Raymond Van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2008 John Part beat Kirk Shepherd 7 - 2
2009 Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 7 - 1
2010 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock 7 - 3
2011 Adrian Lewis beat Gary Anderson 7 - 5
2012 Adrian Lewis beat Andy Hamilton 7 - 3
2013 Phil Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen 7 - 4
2014 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright 7 - 5
2015 Gary Anderson beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2016 Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis 7 - 5
2017 Michael van Gerwen beat Gary Anderson 7 - 3
2018 Rob Cross beat Phil Taylor 7 - 2





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