Once again, we take a look at a player currently bossing the world of darts and ask the question – Just who do you think you are?
This week, we decided to take a look at an old hand (sorry) who has just broken back into the PDC’s order of merit. So, in true Opinionated Sports fashion, just who the hell do you think you are Ian Smith?
It was 29 years ago that 49-year-old Ian White started playing darts and White was a unique tale that took him from the failing PDC to the booming BDO and back again to the resurgent PDC where he plays his darts now.
Becoming a member of the PDC in 1997, Smith reached the final of the News of the World Darts Championship but lost out to a hardly known darts player called Phil Taylor (tongue in cheek of course).
He quickly switched to the BDO but never quite hit the highs in the BDO World Championship never going beyond the last 32.
2009 & White earns big break
In 2009 he did, however, have his best year winning the Antwerp Open, Denmark Open, and the English National Championship.
Soon after, White switched to the PDC in which Adrian Lewis offered to sponsor him believing he had what it takes to crack into the worlds top eight.
A few minor wins on tour in 2010 kept White and the forefront of many people mind but it wasn’t until 2010 that the man from the hotbed of darts – Stoke-on-Trent – made his first appearance at the PDC World Darts Championship.
Defeat by Robert Thornton in the last 64 was respectable if not slightly disappointing first crack at the World Championship.
A few wins on the Players Championship and European Tour have followed since but it seems the older White gets, the better he gets.
2018/19 White makes his move
The last eighteen months have arguably been the best of Whites career.
Five big titles have landed at Whites door in that time with three wins on the European Tour and two wins on the Player Championship.
That has seen White move to tenth in the World Rankings with the Englishman aiming to go further than his sole World Championship quarter-final appearance in 2014.
At the age of 49, White has plenty of time land that exclusive major title and if his career is anything to go by, he just keeps on getting better and better.
A good outside bet for the World championship? Based on current form, absolutely.