Peter Wright not expecting ‘monster’ Luke Humphries to win world title just yet
Humphries has won three of the last four majors.
Peter Wright admits he “created a monster” by allowing Luke Humphries to claim his first major in October, but does not think the hottest player on tour will win the World Championship.
Wright missed three match darts to beat Humphreys in the quarter-finals in Leicester, allowing the 28-year-old to take victory and go on to win the tournament.
He quickly followed that up by lifting the Grand Slam of Darts and the Players Championship last month, which means he will head to Alexandra Palace for the season-ending spectacular as favourite.
‘Snakebite’, who ended a near two-year major trophy drought by winning the European Championship recently, thinks it could be too soon for Humphries this year.
“He is favourite because he has won three out of the last four majors, and I won the other one,” two-time world champion Wright told the PA news agency.
“I was the only other person to get close to him. It’s my fault, I created a monster because I had three darts at the Grand Prix to beat him and that was his first major. If I’d done that things would have been different.
“He’s a great darts player but I think it is a little bit too soon. Yes, I think he will win the worlds but just not yet.”
Wright’s second world title won at the start of 2022 must seem like a long time ago for the 53-year-old, who has struggled for consistent form.
He still remains confident he can become just the third person to win more than two world crowns and says his winning know-how gives him an advantage.
“I believe I can win it, I am not playing until December 20 so it gives me three weeks tinkering with my darts to make them 95 or 98 per cent perfect, that’ll do.
“There is potential to become a third-time world champion. That is in my sights and I am looking forward to it.
“It puts a lot of pressure off my shoulders to know I have won it twice. I think I have got a lot of advantage over a lot of the field.
“I am nowhere near my best at the moment, but I know what it takes to win. I decided to go and put the practice in and I went and won the European. I have put my focus on the Worlds, to be prepared for winning it one more time.”
Tournament sponsor Paddy Power have teamed up with Prostate UK and will donate £1,000 for every 180 thrown.
Wright believes there will be more maximums than ever before as a result and urged men to answer three simple questions to check their risk for a disease which affects one in eight men.
“It’s a great cause, the sponsor putting up £1,000 for every 180 hit, there was 901 last year and I think there will be more this year,” Wright added.
“I think players won’t switch down to 19, they will stay up there and try and get another 180 for Prostate Cancer UK. It affects one in eight men. I’m 53 so I need to be getting checked.”
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