If there’s one thing a darts player cannot afford to lose, it’s his arrows. But Gary Anderson was left in the awkward position of having to beg and borrow from his rivals after misplacing his darts ahead of the US Masters in New York.
The Flying Scotsman travelled to the Big Apple along with the biggest names in the PDC for the showcase event at the famed Madison Square Garden. After several days of promotion work, it was finally down to the real action of the weekend, with Anderson drawn to face Matt Campbell in round one.
But there was panic for the two-time world champion when he couldn’t find his darts.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he told Online Darts TV. “My room’s upside down [after looking for them]. If you’d been in there, you’d think I’d been robbed!”
But fortunately not one but two of his rivals came to his rescue, with Anderson borrowing sets from Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton – and he ended up using both as he defeated Canadian Campbell 6-3.
“I always know Peter’s got a spare set so I borrowed them,” added Anderson, alluding to Wright’s habit of constantly changing his darts. “On the practice board, Peter’s darts were going better than Jonny’s, they were flying better. But then I switched to Jonny’s and they flew better from there. They’re a good bunch of lads, they’ll help us out.”
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Anderson went on to face Michael Smith in the quarter-finals, losing 8-3. Smith then beat Wright in the semi-finals and Michael van Gerwen in the final as he continued his excellent recent form.
"I've won tournaments before but it's unreal to win at Madison Square Garden," said Smith. "Everyone wanted to win this event and it's unreal for me to be that person.
"I've just won a tournament in the most iconic venue in the world, and I'm the first person to do it. I'm ecstatic.”
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