Jim Williams Wins BDO World Trophy in Major Stepping Stone
Darts BDO organisation may not be enjoying its finest period in its 46-year history, but its events continue to attract TV attention and it is the first and foremost schooling ground for the PDC stars of the future.
On Sunday evening, in Blackburn’s King George Hall and before the Eurosport cameras, 35-year-old Jim Williams showed he could be about to join other recent BDO graduates, Glen Durrant and Mark McGeeney, in breaking into the major league with a striking victory in the BDO’s World Trophy.
This was Williams’ first major title although the Welshman, who has the nickname ‘The Quiff’, is no stranger to success having netted the England Open earlier in 2019 and the BDO International Open, Belfry, Bruges, Northern Ireland Opens plus the English Masters all in 2018.
CHAMPION - Jim Williams 8⃣ - 6⃣ Richard Veenstra— BDO Darts (@BDOdarts) September 1, 2019
Jim Williams is your 2019 BDO World Trophy Men's Champion. The first major trophy added to the collection for the Welshman. Congratulations Jim!#BDOWorldTrophy 📷 Tip Top Pics pic.twitter.com/mvCWcIKoeD
Williams, who is sponsored by Gambling.com, recently stated his long-term intention to join his friend and three-time BDO World Champion in the PDC but added “before I do, I’d like to win a few majors and fingers crossed the world title”.
With part 1a of that game-plan achieved the progression on to PDC with a tour card looks inevitable, albeit he may not be in any hurry to switch codes.
Is the BDO in Renaissance?
Staff – referees, callers and even MC’s – may have abandoned the BDO this summer but with a new venue, The Indigo at the O2 Arena in London, recently announced as the new home for the BDO World Darts Championship (after 33 years at Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green) and the 2019 World Masters headed to the Circus Tavern (the long-time home venue of the PDC World Championship), the BDO may be more so resetting as opposed to decomposing.
And even if the BDO is not in a state of complete reinvention, Williams will know he has plenty of time on his side.
Durrant never won his first BDO world title until he was 46 – then won three worth £100,000 a pop – likewise Mark McGeeney, the 2018 BDO world championship runner-up, is now 47.
On that basis ‘The Quiff’ has a decade to decide his path to the big time and certainly a little over four months to claim a BDO world title.
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