Daryl Gurney picked up a 6-1 win over Daniel Baggish in his opening game of the 2019 US Darts Masters at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
The World no.3 made his third consecutive appearance at the North American World Series of Darts event, maintaining his 100% record in the opening round.
2017 runner-up Gurney burst out of the blocks into a 4-0 lead before Baggish hit a 87 out for his first leg. Gurney settled again with finishes of 116 and 40 to seal a 6-1 win.
Winmau stablemate Jeff Smith also returned to Mandalay Bay’s big stage as he faced Peter Wright in his opening game, narrowly losing out 6-5.
In a back and forth encounter Smith hit a majestic 100% of his attempts at double as he kept in touch with PDC major winner Wright.
Jeff struggled to keep up with Wright’s scoring, despite hitting three maximums, with Wright winning the deciding leg on double 8.
Gurney will now face Wright in the quarter-final tonight as his quest to go a step further than his runner-up position in 2017 continues.
All the PDC professional stars managed to progress into the quarter-finals unscathed despite some close results again the NA qualifiers.
Reigning champion Gary Anderson will now face Gerwyn Price in a rematch of their explosive Grand Slam of Darts final, Rob Cross will play UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall whilst Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith face off in the other quarter-final.
Dafabet US Darts Masters
Thursday July 4
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Gary Mawson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Shawn Brenneman
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Daniel Baggish
Michael Smith 6-4 Jim Long
Rob Cross 6-0 Leonard Gates
Gary Anderson 6-4 Elliot Milk
Peter Wright 6-5 Jeff Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Darin Young
Full results available from the PDC here.
Photography courtesy of Lucas Peltier/PDC.