Former world champion Mark Webster insists he would relish the challenge of a festive showdown against darts legend Phil Taylor – but the Welsh thrower is refusing to contemplate the prospect too much.
Denbigh-based Webster is on a PDC World Championship collision course with 16-times winner Taylor at Alexandra Palace if both players win their opening match.
But the 2008 BDO world champion insists he is not looking beyond his first round meeting with Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp, which takes place in the afternoon session on Sunday, December 21.
“It would be great to play Phil in a high profile match at the World Championships and I’m sure Ron will be thinking the same,” said Webster, who is sponsored by leading trade paint manufacturer Leyland Paints.
“But I’m not looking beyond that first game with Ron. We played each other a number of years ago in the BDO system but that was only a best of five leg match and this is a totally different situation.
“It will be a tough game but they all are. The days that you might have gone to the World Championship and had a relatively straight-forward first round match are long gone.
“The aim is to try and get through that game against Ron and have a great game against Phil to look forward to over Christmas, if he gets through too.”
After reaching the quarter-finals in this event 12 months ago, Webster is excited about his return to the sport’s biggest stage.
He added: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve not been on television for a while so that will be something to get used to again.
“A few months ago I was struggling for a bit of form but I’ve been throwing pretty well recently, without getting too many results.
“The challenge now is to try and turn those positive performances into wins.
“A lot of people don’t get on the tour until they are in their late 30s and early 40s and I’m only 31.
“I feel as though I have got a lot of good times ahead of me and hopefully they can start here.”
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Webster will be joined in the World Championship field by fellow Leyland Paints ambassadors Michael van Gerwen, the current world champion and world number one, and seventh seed Simon Whitlock, who are both also members of ‘Team Leyland.’
Leyland Paints was founded in 1922 and has a long and distinguished history of affordable, trade quality paints.