Plumbing at 11am, winning at Ally Pally at 8:45pm: Cameron Menzies’ mad route to emotional first round win

Cameron Menzies admits having a job and working the morning of the PDC World Darts Championship before beating Rusty-Jake Rodriguez actually helped him.

It was a 3-0 win for the Scot, who put in an outstanding performance, particularly in the outer ring, and went from plumbing duty at 11am to just before 9pm on the same day to winning the World Cup. He said it admittedly showed darts wasn’t his life and gave him perspective.

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“I know I worked today, but it calmed me down. It made me realize that darts is a hobby and a very happy hobby. I was so nervous today because I knew the game meant a lot, but what’s happening now is a bonus.” “Winning this game meant the world to me,” he said after the game.

“Going to work just relaxed me and made me realize that it wasn’t the be-all and end-all. I’m a worker of course, I would of course wish there was a situation where I could quit my job and take it on. “This is full-time, but I still have a long way to go.”

But before he takes on Dave Chisnall on Saturday afternoon he won’t run into the same problem of Menzies not working at the weekend, he joked.

“Luckily I don’t work on weekends. My company felt very good with me, I will do their part for them. They’ve given me a lot of time off just because it’s that time of year, Christmas, etc. I wouldn’t be here without her. It just made me realize that darts is a hobby that I’m not bad at, but it’s not my life.”

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