Ross Montgomery could be primed for a BDO World Championship tilt after back-to-back titles

Ross Montgomery will have a 13th crack at the BDO World Championship in January (Picture: Getty Images)

Ross Montgomery’s 13th BDO World Championship campaign may prove to be lucky for him after achieving a career first ahead of the biggest event on the calendar.

The 57-year-old had never won back-to-back titles in his long career before he picked up the Czech Open and Italian Grand Masters titles in successive weekends.

It is a serious achievement for the veteran who had dropped down the rankings in recent times due to going two years without a title before his Czech triumph.

The win in Bologna was especially eye-catching from the Scot as he beat all three top seeds on his way to the title, downing Richard Veenstra and Jim Williams before toppling Wesley Harms 6-3 in the final.

The Boss now feels well prepared for yet another crack at the World Championship, and plans to be even more prepared by the time the tournament starts on 4 January.

‘It’s pretty special,’ Montgomery told the Daily Record. ‘That’s the first time I’ve done it in my career and to beat all of the top three seeds in the BDO rankings makes it even more special.

‘I’m playing well and confident when I’m up there.

‘I didn’t miss any practice sessions between the tournaments and I will be practicing more in the next few weeks to get prepared for the World Championships in January.’

Montgomery has jumped up to number 15 in the BDO rankings thanks to his double triumph on the continent.

However, the draw for the World Championship has already been made so he will go in at the preliminary round against French qualifier Thibault Tricole and the winner will go on to face Ryan Hogarth in the first round.

The Boss now has 20 titles to his name over his career but has never been past the quarter-finals at the World Championship, falling in the first round in each of the last four years.

2020 could well be the year he improves that record.

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