Peter Wright breaks darts pledge yet again and suffers early tournament exit

World champion Peter Wright has endured an inconsistent 2022 so far.

The Scot is well-placed to reach the Premier League play-offs and sits in fourth place, but he hasn’t been able to keep pace with top three Jonny Clayton, Michael van Gerwen and James Wade. He has also suffered a number of early tournament exits, most recently this weekend at the Austrian Open in Graz, where he was beaten by Callan Rydz at the second round stage.

But one aspect of Wright’s game has remained consistent – his habit of constantly changing his darts. Last month, Wright pledged to stop “mucking around” with his equipment.

He said at the time: “When I flew in from Munich [for the German Grand Prix] I told myself to stop mucking around with all these darts,” said the world number one. “I’m fed up with giving people chances. I’ve been switching my darts stupidly, that’s why the results have been up and down.

“One minute I’m averaging over a ton and the next second in the same night I’m averaging 80 – that lack of consistency doesn’t win you games. Now is the time to knuckle down and use the gold ones [darts] and blow everyone off the board.”

Wright has made similar statements in the past, only to revert back to his tag of darts’ ultimate tinkerman, so his latest pledge was met with cynicism by many fans.

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And that caution was justified, with Wright once again changing his darts in Austria. On Saturday, the Sky Sports Darts parody tweeted: “BREAKING Peter Wright changes his darts yet again. What a shock!”

It failed to have the desired effort though as Rydz swept to a 6-3 victory. Having trailed 3-2, Rydz reeled off four successive legs to progress to Sunday's Finals Day, where he lost to Stephen Bunting in the last 16.

It remains to be seen if Wright will switch his arrows ahead for Thursday’s Premier League quarter-final against Gary Anderson in Glasgow.

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