Today we are joined by Jason Marriott, Marriott who is from Sleaford, Lincolnshire has just qualified for the 2016 Coral UK Open to take place at Butlins Minehead from March 4th-6th.
He reached the last 16 of a PDC qualifier which guaranteed him a spot in the prestigious event.
Marriott only just missed out an a tour card but because of his high position in the Q-School order of merit he was still able to compete in pro tour events as well as being able to compete in the PDC challenge tour.
There are three more UK open qualifying events this weekend in Wigan and Marriott will be looking to improve his position in the UK Open order of merit as he looks to enter tje tournament at a later stage.
Marriott first came on to the PDC scene back in 2014 where he reached the PDC darts protege final which was played on stage at Alexandra Palace during the World Darts Championship, he beat Aberdeen’s Matt Goldie 4-2.
Thanks for joining us Jason, first we must congratulate you in earning a place at the UK Open please tell us how you feel on qualifying after a great run where you reached the last 16 in wigan.
” Thanks for having me on tungsten stories. To qualify for the UK open feels amazing as ive not done it before, but to do it on day 1 of the qualifiers is extra special with the talent that is in the PDC”
What are your targets for this year?
” My targets for 2016 is to try and emulate what joe murnan did last year and make the top 64 and qualify for the worlds, also with the players championship finals being 64 players that is a big goal to try and get there”
There are three more UK Open qualifying events this weekend how are you feeling ahead of the events in Wigan ?
” I am feeling great ahead of the last three qualifiers, i feel like i will play some great darts again. I cant wait to get there and on the board”
You won the protege final in 2014 on stage at the Alexandra Palace during the world championship’s how was that experience and does it make you want to get on stage again ?
” Playing on the world championship stage and winning the protege title was massive and gave me the opportunity to play the tour and its given me a taste of what i want on a regular basis”
Your currently placed 30th on the UK Open order of merit, do you think you can improve on that position after the six events have finished?
” I know i am capable of staying in the top 32 but i will have to be at my best, to be seeded for a major championship would be a big confidence boost”
Does reaching the last 16 recently make you want to kick on in 2016 and earn more prize money in pro tours etc ?
” Reaching the last 16 felt amazing, to know i was mixing it with the best in the world is incredible.hopefully that will give me the boost to kick on this year and be one of them names people dont want to play in the first round”
What is the best advice you have been given ?
” The best advice ive been given is by Robbie Green, he’s said just carry on with how i approach each event as i am doing everything correct and the results will follow”
How often do you practise? And do you practise solo or with a partner ?
” I practice between 4-7 hours a day, normally on my own but occasionally i meet up with friends”
Do you play in local leagues etc when you are not playing PDC darts ?
” I dont play every week but when i do i play for the solo club in the sleaford league, mainly just to have a laugh with mates”
Do you have any targets for this weekend ?
” Targets for this weekend would have to be to stay in the top 32 and get seeded for the finals”
What Darts are you using currently? And are they avaliable for fans to purchase ?
” I currently use my own branded 22g darts which are available to buy through me”
How many nine dart legs have you had in your darting life ?
” Ive had 16 nine-darter’s i have come close a few times on the PDC tour recently missing d12, but i try not to think about hitting them too much as id probably lose focus for a few legs after”
What do you work on in practise ?
” I practice every different game i can and try re-create match situations, i also put a lot of work into my scoring which is already paying of this year”
Who has been your toughest opponent?
” My toughest opponent has to be Andy Boulton, he is a fantastic player and all 3 of our games have gone to the wire”
Thanks for your time Jason, and good luck this weekend.
” Thanks for having me on”