Peter Wright ‘pain-free’ heading into Masters and targets 20-plus titles in 2018

Peter Wright has set his sights on 20-plus tournament wins this season as he aims to better his career-best year in 2017 with even more success in 2018.

The world number two picked up 11 titles on the PDC circuit last year – a trophy haul only bettered by Michael van Gerwen – including his maiden major title, the UK Open, as well as the German Darts Masters, in the World Series.

But ahead of facing Alan Norris in the first round of the Unibet Masters, in Milton Keynes, tonight, he has targeted almost twice as many tournament wins this year.

“I’ve been looking at changing a few things and I’ve found a set-up which I think I can be successful with this year,” Wright told the PDC.

“My target is to win 20-plus tournaments this year and I want to be number one in the world.

“There’s no point in resting on my laurels, I’m going to chase Michael van Gerwen.”

The Scot suffered a surprise early exit in the World Championship at the end of last year, losing 4-1 to an inspired Jamie Lewis in the second round, although Wright’s preparations for the tournament were hampered by a bout of gallstones in the lead up to his challenge at Alexandra Palace.

“My health is fine at the moment,” he said. “The doctors are happy with my diet and I’m not having pains at the moment so I’m trying to keep on doing what I’m doing now.

“Hopefully I’ll be okay and not need an operation in the future. I’ve been practising a lot better than I could before the World Championship and putting a lot more time in on the board, and I’m up for it.”

2018 Unibet Masters
Friday January 26 (7pm)
First Round
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith
Rob Cross v Ian White
Peter Wright v Alan Norris

Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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