Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams has been told he will NEVER equal a record set by his darts hero.
The 59 year-old from Deeping St James is looking to win the Winmau World Masters for the fourth time in Hull this weekend.
Only Eric Bristow has lifted the prestigious trophy on more occasions, five times between 1977 and 1984.
Adams describes ‘The Crafty Cockney’ as ‘my darts hero’ and laughed: “Eric has told me I will never catch him up, but that’s Eric. That’s the way he is. He always likes a bit of banter.
“I’ve told him I don’t want to win five Masters and then stop. I want to keep winning it.”
Adams, regards the World Masters - now in its 42nd year - as ‘one of the majors on the darts calendar.’
Adams was beaten 6-5 in last year’s semi-finals by Jamie Hughes after missing darts to win the match and, better than anyone, he knows how hard the tournament is to win.
He’s been competing in the World Masters since 1990 and lifted the trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Adams, boosted by reaching the semi finals and last eight of the British Classic and British Open respectively last month, said: “The Masters is very tough. Matches are the best of five sets, but each set is only the best of three legs.
“It’s fast and furious. You have to get off quickly, get in front, then stay in front. If you don’t start fast, you can soon be heading home.”
To prepare, Adams has been playing against his computer!
He explained: “I programme the computer to pick out random scores between 60 and 180 - and try to beat it. I don’t like losing to a computer!”
Martin Phillips heads to Hull as the defending champion. At 55, the Welshman is, like Adams, a darts veteran. Phillips’ recent form isn’t good, but according to Adams, experience is often decisive on the big stage.
‘Wolfie’ said: “There will be players who get to the final stages who have never got there before and in matches like that, my experience can get me through.
“I know when doubts are creeping into someone’s game - and that’s when you look to pound them.”
The final stages of the World Masters on Saturday and Sunday will be screened by Eurosport and should Adams be playing, entertainment seems guaranteed.
His wins over Scott Waites and Robbie Green in the 2008 and 2009 finals were both by 7-6 scorelines - Green missed a dart to beat him - and ‘Wolfie’ chuckled: “I like to think I’ve had a few entertaining games over the years. I don’t mind losing as much if I play well and it’s a good match to watch.”
Adams has a busy spell coming up.
Following the World Masters, he goes head-to-head with the stars from the PDC at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton in November and ends the year with the Finder Masters in Holland.
City man Dennis Harbour from Dogsthorpe was yesterday (Wednesday) trying to come through eight rounds of qualifying to reach the main World Masters draw.