DARTS: Swindon's Cox has sights trained on Ally Pally
MARK Cox still has his sights set on a place at the World Championship but knows he needs a big performance in Ireland this weekend to make it happen.
The Swindon player is in Killarney in western Ireland on Saturday and Sunday for two Players Championship tournaments where vital prizemoney is on offer in the race to Alexandra Palace.
Cox currently sits on £3,500 in the Pro Tour Order of Merit and believes he needs to hit £8,000 to seal his place, but remains hopeful of earning a spot in the sport’s biggest tournament.
“It’s nice to get away and spend some time with the lads when we go to places like Ireland and there’s plenty of time to practise too,” he said.
“My target now is to hopefully get into the World Championship although I know that’s going to be a tough ask.
“I need a nice little run this weekend and then again in Holland next weekend but I need to get going up the Order of Merit.
“It’s a tall order but it can be done and I think you need to get to £8,000 so hopefully I can get something this weekend and get things going.”
On his last visit to the Emerald Isle Cox secured a place at next weekend’s Dutch Darts Masters having found things tough at times on the PDC circuit this year.
“I was really chuffed to get through to the European event and I’ve got a nice draw against Andy Smith but again that one’s going to be a hard game. I beat him in Düsselfdorf earlier in the year but it’s going to be hard,” he said.
“It’s been hard because you’re playing against the best in the world and there is never an easy game.
“Missing doubles here and there and the wrong shots at the wrong time can cost you against these boys but at the end of the day you just need a bit of luck.”
Swindon’s Dennis Smith and Johnny Haines are also in action this weekend at Gleneagle Hotel.
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