Josh Payne will make his debut at the 2018 Unibet World Grand Prix at the end of September. Payne’s spot at the televised tournament was confirmed on Friday evening as he mathematically can’t be caught in the PDC Pro Tour order of merit. Payne’s in 13th position in the ranking tables which excludes the top 16 in the main PDC order of merit.
Payne’s run to the last 16 in the Dutch Darts Championship in Maastricht last weekend certainly helped the Gravesend-based star cement his place in the WGP.
After a frustrating year in 2017, in which Payne suffered for form, despite playing some world-class stuff, and with former Ladies World no.1 and sports psychologist Dr Linda Duffy by his side, Payne’s ability was never in question, and Payne always believes in his ability and mental strength, and rightfully so.
Back in May, Payne picked up his second senior PDC ranking title as he won a Players Championship event in Barnsley as he saw off the World no.2 Peter Wright in the final.
Over the course of the year, Payne has been consistently producing mesmerising performances, and the averages are all there to back that up, but we all believe that the best is still yet to come.
All of the team would like to congratulate Josh on qualifying for the Unibet World Grand Prix, and just a few days before the event, we have the qualifiers for ET13 to look forward to as well as two more PDC Players Championship events at the CityWest hotel.
I managed to catch up with Josh over the weekend just hours after hearing confirmation that the Kent ace had sealed qualification for the World Grand Prix.
“I’m really happy to have qualified for this tournament as I’ve really put in the work this year to turn my career around and the only way I’m thinking of going now is up.” said Payne
“Last years bad results were an eye opener and made me realise what I need to do to get better. I know I did wrong, and I feel I’ve corrected a lot and I feel so confident in my game and never doubt myself.”
“So bring on Dublin, I’m really looking forward to this tournament.”
Photography courtesy of Kelly Deckers / PDC Europe