Justin Pipe is confident he can take to the oche at December’s World Championship in the globe’s top ten after reaching his second ever major quarter-final.
The Force of North Curry near Langport built on his last eight finish at the summer’s World Matchplay by bowing out to Brendan Dolan at the same stage in last week’s World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Beating Premier League aces Simon Whitlock and Kevin Painter in the doubles-start tournament was enough to take him above Raymond van Barneveld in the Professional Darts Corporation world rankings.
However, Michael van Gerwen jumped to eighth by lifting the trophy and scooping £100,000 in the process.
Pipe, pictured left, said: “Terry Jenkins and Mark Webster are both defending £50,000 from the World Championships, with Webby defending more on top between now and the Players Championship Finals in Minehead at the end of November.
“I think I will overtake Mark by December and I will definitely be top ten by Minehead.”
The 40-year-old former tree surgeon heads back to Ireland this weekend for two Players Championship rounds in Killarney, before visiting Holland for a European Championship event and resuming his Champions League bid in the finals group at the end of the month.
Having started the year ranked 22nd in the world, Pipe admitted he had exceeded expectations in 2012 but was relishing regular competition.
“The next major now is the Champions League of Darts and hopefully I will play well and reach the final of that, which will be great,” he said.
“To reach another quarter-final in a major televised tournament is a massive step for me because all I wanted to do was better my results from last year. I had done that in the World Matchplay and done even better again in the World Grand Prix.
“We knew it was going to take two or three years to find my feet on the television stage and within two years now I have made two quarter-finals. It is really looking good.
“If I had my way I would be playing every weekend, we all want to be playing and earning. I am lucky enough to have my family behind me with that as well who view it the same way as I do. I would much rather be playing.”