Kyle McKinstry is heading to Selsey to defend his England Open title and he fully expects to be walking away with the trophy for a second year on the bounce.
The Northern Irishman has not played many events so far this year, picking and choosing the tournaments he needs to make the World Championship, but that does not mean he is short of form.
After having a crack at PDC Q School and playing on the Challenge Tour, the 32-year-old feels his game is as sharp as ever, and is ready to start claiming titles again.
Im confident, I would say Im playing better this year than last year, McKinstry told Metro.co.uk. Ive put a lot of practice in and the Challenge Tour have helped me, Q School has helped me.
I enjoy Selsey, theres something about Selsey, every time I go there I seem to win. I won the Pentathlon in September there. If you like a venue youre going to go with a load of confidence.
The way Ive been practicing, I know that if I go out there and play the darts that Ive been playing theres nobody beating me.
People will say to me oh, thats cocky but why go to a tournament if youre not going to go and win it? Theres no point going all the way to Selsey if you dont want to win it, so Im happy to say Im walking into that room and theres no one beating me. Im defending champion, Im there for a reason.
Due to his lack of tournament time, McKinstry is down at number 23 in the world rankings, which he believes is a completely false representation of his talents, having reached the Lakeside last eight this year.
I know myself, if Id have done the competitions the top three or four has done, I would be in the top six, easy.
Dave Parletti is up there, I get on well with Dave, but hed tell you himself Im one of his bogey players, he cant beat me, he cannot beat me. I had Geert de Vos, I could never ever beat him, everybody has one.
But I would say definitely my ranking is false, I would rank myself at least in the top six in the BDO. I would say, apart from the top four, Ive been consistent as anyone. Last 16, quarter-finals, semis, I hardly have a bad result.
Lakeside this year I would be disappointed if I dont get to the semi-finals, at least the semi-finals.
McKinstry talks with clear confidence but without arrogance, just sure of his own skills on the oche, which he is looking forward to showing off again this weekend.
However, one thing he is far from sure of is the situation with the BDOs World Trophy, scheduled for August, but without a venue yet.
In fact, the England Open champ even went as far to say that he does not believe the event will go ahead.
Ive qualified for the World Trophy, but nobody knows where its at, McKinstry continued. Ive text and rang [BDO chairman] Des Jacklin, but he wont even reply to my calls or messages.
My managers onto me looking to book flights and hotels and I dont even know where it is! We cant book anything, its frustrating, weve lost the points from last year because it hasnt been played. Ive lost 28 points.
Im not confident about it, I dont think it is going to happen, to be quite honest, I dont think the World Trophy is going to go ahead.
And if the World Trophy isnt going to go ahead, which is one of the main ones which Des signed this contract for last year, the World Championship, the World Masters and the World Trophy, if the first one doesnt go ahead, it makes you think about Lakeside. Is Lakeside goiRead More – Source