Dave Chisnall sees no reason why he can’t win the biggest prize in darts.
The Morecambe ace kicks off his William Hill World Darts Championship campaign against Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez next Tuesday night, November 22.
Despite a packed field vying for the Sid Waddell Trophy at the Alexandra Palace, Chisnall believes he has the game to pick up a first major PDC title.
He said: “I can’t wait. I’m playing well at the moment and don’t see why I can’t go on and win it.
“I’m due a big win.
“I’ve put the hard work in and feel confident.
“It’s just about how I play on the night.”
The 35-year-old knows competition will be tough with reigning champion Gary Anderson looking to retain his title in a field that includes the likes of world number one and the sport’s hottest property Michael van Gerwen and the greatest ever darts player, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor.
But Chisnall believes he can emerge from an congested chasing pack.
The number 13 seed said: “There’s four or five who are always going to be the favourites.
“Taylor, van Gerwen, Anderson and you could even throw Barney (Raymond van Barneveld) in there too.
“Everybody is just playing really well through.
“It’s wide open.”
The strength of the field means Chisnall cannot underestimate first round opponent Rodriguez despite being some 30 places higher in the rankings than the 21-year-old.
The resort thrower said: “I know Rowby-John well, he’s a tough cookie.
“I’ve played him before so know what to expect and everyone is very, very hard to play against.
“I’ve just got to be on my game if I’m going to win.
“But I think everyone has picked up this year.”
Chisnall will be looking to end 2015 on a high at the World Championships having already reached the semi-finals of the Premier League and the last eight of the World Matchplay.
The former BDO world finalist, a noted heavy scorer, believes he has shown different qualities that will stand him in good stead over the next couple of weeks.
Chisnall said: “I’ve had a better year than last year.
“It’s been good. I’ve had some tough games and battled through them.
“I’ve won coming from behind, not just when I’ve been out in front.
“I’m feeling good.”
Darts’ biggest tournament will be played from December 17 to January 3 as 72 players do battle for £1.5 million in prize money and the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, live on the Sky Sports Darts channel.
The pre-Christmas action features the preliminary and first round matches, which begin on Thursday December 17, as reigning champion Gary Anderson closes the first session of action against either Andy Boulton or Per Laursen who meet earlier in the evening.