Today we are joined by PDC World number 9 Ian ‘Diamond’ White, White who comes from Stoke on trent, is having a great year on the cicuit reaching number nine in the world.
White reached the final of the News of World tournament in 1997 losing out to Phil Taylor.
Life in the BDO
White won three titles in 2009 winning the Antwerp Open, Denmark Open and the English National Championship.
He qualified for the 2010 Lakeside world championship, he lost 3-0 to Stephen Bunting.
Shortly after his exit, White left the BDO and joined the PDC, when his friend from stoke ‘Jackpot’ Adrian Lewis offered to sponsor him snd said that white was capable of becoming a top eight player.
Life in the PDC
In february 2011 white reached his first PDC final losing out 6-3 to Steve Brown in a UK Open qualifier event.
In 2012 White qualified the the world championships reaching the last 64 beaten by Robert Thornton 3-1.
A few weeks later he hit a nine darter in the first players championship event of the year vs Mark Hylton, White reached the semi final of that event losing out to Justin Pipe.
White went on to reach two semi finals and two finals of Players Championship events shooting himself up the rankings earning him a place in the World Matchplay.
He played Vincent van der voort in the WMP an impressive performance which he won 10-5 hitting 164 and 161 finishes along the way.
White eventually lost out to Phil Taylor in the Last 16.
White hit his second nine darter of the year in a European Event vs Andy Hamilton, in whixh he reached the final of, eventually losing out to good friend Adrian Lewis.
White reached his fourth players championship final in event 11, losing out to Michael van Gerwen.
That year, White finished eighth on the Pro Tour order of merit.
In 2014, White broke into the worlds top 16 for the first time after reaching the world championship quarter finals.
White went on to reach two Players championship finals and won his third Players championship title after a 6-2 win over Dave Chisnall.
In 2015, White hit his third nine darter in the PDC in a 6-3 victory over Mervyn King in the quarter final of a UK Open qualifier, White went on to reach the final of that event after averaging 109.37 over Van Barneveld in the semi finals he lost 6-2 vs Phil Taylor in the final.
White went on to hit his fourth nine darter against Jamie Lewis in a players championship event on the way to yet another final losing out to Dave Chisnall.
White reached the quarter finals after beating Stephen Bunting and Simon Whitlock along the way he lost out to Michael van Gerwen in a classic match, White led the game 13-12, Van Gerwen went on to take the game 16-13.
White won his first title of 2015 shortly after beating Dave Chisnall in the final of a players championship event.
Thanks for joining us Ian, first of all you had a great weekend at the players championship finals reaching the quarters, hows your darts going at the minute ?
” Darts are going great at the moment, I feel I still have some work to do on my game, so I will be raising my practise sessions on the the build up to the PDC World Championships 2015″
You have started practising with Adrian Lewis again i see it is showing in both your performances last weekend what things do you work on ?
“I have started practising with Ade again, which we both feel can only improve our game for both of us, it helps we live near to each other and let’s face it practising with a world champion, can only improve your game more, We practise 2-3 times a week during the busy schedule, for about 3-4 hours a day, our routines consist of power scoring routines, finishing routines we never play 501, as this can get boring, and there are certain elements of the game that needs to be targeted”
You have been drawn against Dimitri van den Bergh in the world championships are you feeling good about the tournament?
” Yes i have drawn Dimitri van den Bergh, a great player who has a bright future ahead of him, as he has youth on his side, i am happy with my draw, but will not be taking Dimitri lightly, I never look further than my next game, so my aim will to be concentrating on my game against him first”
You are currently number nine in the order of merit have you a personal target of where u want to get to?
” We all want to be number 1, my aim at the beginning of the year was to be within the top 10 in the world, as you can well guess, I am more than pleased with my performances this year, on achieving that, having gained the last 8 in 5 majors, and also winning pro tour events”
Stoke is obviously well known for its array of darting talent, are there any stoke darters we need to look out for?
“With coming from Stoke the area is renowned for talented players, there are several excellent leagues in the area, which helps with the standard of darts. As for future talented players there is an array of them, some who are very young and talented, but far too many to mention, but will say a their are a handful that could possibly become future stars”
So where did your nickname ‘Diamond’ originate from ?
“My nickname came from a well known 80s drink (diamond white) it seemed appropriate at the time and quite fitting with my surname although I can confess that I don’t drink even when I’m playing darts”
What has been your favourite achievement in darts?
“One of my greatest achievements was in 1997, when I reached the News of the World Final, a great tournament that gave the local pub thrower the chance to play in an National Televised darts event, after competing in regional and national comes to get through to the television stages. In the final I met the one and only Phil Taylor, who beat myself 2-0, to win the event. My only regret was I then packed In darts for several years, before I took the game up again, When I decided to take up the game again I started again in my local league, then going onto playing for my county Cheshire, from there I was then picked to play for my country England, another of my proudest and greatest achievements, from this I travelled the British Darts Organisation circuit, and had many titles under my belt for singles and doubles games, it was only when I left my local area Runcorn, to move to Stoke on Trent, and when I joined local leagues, that I was give the opportunity to practise with Adrian Lewis, and from there I owe everything to him for supporting me and to getting me to where I am now, something that I will always be grateful to him for”
What do you like to do away from darts?
“When im not playing darts I love to go fishing, I find this so relaxing to get away from the Oche and take my mind away from the game, so the first opportunity I get I to do this when we have no tournaments on I disappear into my own little world”
Thanks for your time Ian, we wish you all the best at ally pally