Gary Anderson has enjoyed a very successful 2011 and he has all the facets to take that to a new level with victory in the PDC Darts World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
The 40-year-old is renowned for his heavy scoring ability and his year started when he beat Raymond van Barneveld and Terry Jenkins to reach the final of the World Championship, only to be beaten 7-5 in the final by Adrian Lewis. The most up to date darts odds suggest he can challenge again.
That run at the Alexandra Palace ensured ‘The flying Scotsman’ a place in the 2011 Premier League and he quickly adapted to the quality of play there, winning his first four matches en route to finishing the group stage in third place.
He again beat van Barneveld in the semi-finals before facing Lewis again in the final, but this time Anderson had his revenge to secure a 10-4 win and lift the Premier League Darts title.
The Scot’s form has dipped during the rest of 2011 but he has won three Pro Tour events throughout the season and on his day Anderson has the scoring power and smooth throw to be a world champion.
It is the star’s ability to hit the doubles that can haunt him, if he misses a few doubles early on then his confidence can wobble and can lead to losing games. But if he quickly gets in the groove and his numerous tonne-plus finishes are joined by hitting finishes then Anderson can beat anyone in the game.
The star has been touted as a possible future world champion for years and, after taking a while to settle in the PDC since his switch from the BDO in 2007, he is now looking like a major force and he can prove it this winter with a win at the PDC Darts World Championship.