2017 BDO Worlds tournament preview: Difficult to look past Durrant
Sam Barnard | 10 January 2017
2017 BDO World Championship
- Saturday, January 7th – Sunday 15th
- First session starts: 13:00 GMT
- Lakeside Country Club, Surrey
- Live on Channel 4 and BT Sport
Durrent, Waites and Adams all feature
Recovered from the 2017 PDC World Championship yet? Well there is even more exciting tungsten action for darting fans and punters to enjoy in the New Year over at Lakeside!
David Cameron, Jimmy Hendriks and Paul Hogan will not be on show at the BDO’s biggest event, but their less famous namesakes will be.
On top of the above, the likes of standout 2016 Grand Slam stars Glen Durrant, Danny Noppert, Jamie Hughes – who have incidentally all been linked with switching to the PDC – defending champion Scott Waites and the legendary Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams will all feature.
So, read on as Coral provide a 2017 BDO Worlds tournament preview…
Durrant to finally lift world title
— Glen Durrant (@Duzza180) December 4, 2016
The first round of the men’s competition takes place across four days (January 7th – 10th), and BDO world number one Durrant is first up onto the oche. He’s firm 7/4 favourite to lift his first World Championship, after falling short in the semis and quarters the last two years.
Late bloomer Duzza, now 46, is heavily linked with crossing over to join the PDC elite, and is even priced with Coral at 66/1 to win that trophy next year.
Middlesbrough native Durrant comes into this tournament on the back of claiming major titles at the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters. He should have no trouble beating Nick Kenny, and is heavily odds-on at 1/6 to do so.
Fellow PDC-linked stars to challenge
— Tungsten Stories (@TungstenStor1es) December 11, 2016
Dutch young-gun Noppert, 26, and 30-year-old Hughes showed what they were made of in the Grand Slam, beating PDC stars Mensur Suljovic and Dave Chisnall respectively on their way to reaching the knockout stages.
With plenty of years ahead of them, they certainly each have the potential to be a force to be reckoned with in either organisation they choose to stick with, and it is no coincidence they are second and third in the outright tournament betting.
Noppie (5/1) is still waiting for a maiden major title, but reached the quarters in this year’s World Darts Trophy and has got to the semis at the Zuiderduin Masters in his home nation. Yozza Hughes, meanwhile, got to the final of the latter event last month, while was also champion there back in 2014.
Best of the rest on show too
As well as the aforementioned trio, defending champion Waites and his predecessor Scott Mitchell, who both fell at the first hurdle in the 2016 Grand Slam, are rated next in the market at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.
Yorkshireman Waites is arguably one of the most naturally talented arrowsmiths in the game, across the PDC and BDO, and shocked the darting world when seeing off the elite in 2010 to lift the Grand Slam trophy.
Scotty 2 Hotty is now a five-time major winner, but his form this year suggests he may not lift a third World Championship. Similarly nicknamed Scotty Dog is the second seed for this event after reaching the semis at the last two majors, and could meet Waites at that stage in this tournament too.
Veterans will have something to say
Long-serving over 50s sextet Adams, Martin Phillips, Martin Atkins, Tony O’Shea, Ross Montgomery, Darryl Fitton and Hogan – who have a combined major title total of 12 – will all be taking part once again at Lakeside.
The above have all resisted the lure of the PDC throughout their careers, and have thus been rewarded with yet another appearance here.
Of the six stars, three-time champion Wolfie (18/1) and 2016 World Darts Trophy winner Fitton (33/1) are rated the best chances of lifting the title. While, two-time quarter-finalist Hogan, aptly nicknamed Crocodile Dundee, will have to come through a preliminary round contest.
Missing legends means BDO is progressing
Despite being often overshadowed by its rebel brother the PDC, the BDO continuous to prosper.
That is as all of Durrant, Noppert, Hughes, Fitton and Jeff Smith made it through to the last 16 of this year’s Grand Slam, which sees the best of both organisations battle it out on the same oche. While, the likes of Chisnall, Suljovic, Simon Whitlock and Adrian Lewis all exited at the group stage.
On top of that, legends of the game such as Andy Fordham, Ted Hankey – both former world champions – 1994 PDC World Matchplay winner Larry Butler and a number of others could not even find a place in this year’s BDO Worlds.
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