Michael Smith is off to a confident start at the Bahrain Darts Masters !
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Michael Smith is off to a confident start to his career as world champion as the Bahrain Darts Masters kicks off on Thursday.
The first World Darts Championship event of the year saw eight of the PDC’s top stars, including Smith, take on eight Asian representatives at the Bahrain International Circuit in the first two days of action as they compete to hoist a specially designed date palm trophy and claim the sterling prizes. 20,000 top award.
Round 1 saw all eight PDC stars advance to the final stages onriday, though the growing strength of the sport in Asia was shown to challenge several stars to push their famous opponents along the way.
New world champion Smith averaged over 98 and made a ten-dart finish in his impressive 6-1 victory over Bahrain qualifier Abdul Naser Yusuf.
Smith opened the match with an end on and made 131 with two double tops as he opened up a five-leg lead before sealing victory.
“I got goosebumps walking and I enjoyed it,” said Smith. “It felt different when I heard John McDonald introduce me as world number one champion.
“I was a bit nervous out there but I managed to get back on my feet. Dimitri will be ready for that tomorrow but I just want to keep winning.”
After the competitions of the first round on Thursday, the Bahrain Darts Masters Championship will conclude onriday, where the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be held in one session.
Bahrain Darts Masters will be broadcast live from 1900 local time (1600 GMT) via ITV4 in the UK, by PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding subscribers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) .
2023 Bahrain Arrows Masters.
riday, January 13 (1900 local time, 1600 GMT).
Quarter-finalists: Michael Smith – Dimitri van den Bergh, Luke Humphreys – Raymond van Barneveld, Peter Wright – Rob Cross, Jeroen Price – Johnny Clayton.