Nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins has confirmed that he will essentially enter semi-retirement from the PDC circuit after this year’s World Championships. The 53-year-old from Ledbury, Herefordshire, has struggled for form throughout the year, reaching just one final on the Pro Tour in 2016.
Jenkins is currently 16th on the PDC Order of Merit, although his top 16 status is under imminent threat as he’s defending £25,000 in Hasselt next week, having reached the European Championship final two years ago. As a result, ‘The Bull’ is under pressure to produce a good run in Belgium.
Since joining the PDC in 2003, Jenkins has appeared in nine-major finals, although he has lost out on each occasion- once to Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen, twice to James Wade, and four times to Phil Taylor. Nevertheless, ‘The Bull’ has won 13 ranking titles and displayed immense consistency throughout this period.
In an exclusive interview with Paul Starr on Tungsten Tales, Jenkins revealed: “I’m going to wind it right down after the World Championships. I’ll probably knock the tours on the head; particularly the European Tours, and just play what I’m in through the rankings really.
“It is getting hard for me now. I joined the PDC in my late 30’s so I joined pretty late really; I wish it would have all happened when I was in my mid 20’s when I had a bit more time to go, but I’m 53 now and it’s getting hard work at the minute, so I’ve got to do something and wind it down,” he admitted.
Jenkins used to work fulltime; running a second-hand furniture, antiques, removals and house-clearance business with his brother, and antiques remain his major love, as he still collects them at auctions in his spare time.
However, whilst Terry plans to cut down on his competitive darts commitments, he insisted that he’ll still feature prominently on the exhibition circuit. “I’ll do more exhibitions. I won’t stop the exhibitions, so people will still see me and I’ll still be doing my practice sessions,” the 53-year-old added.
Jenkins begins his European Championship campaign against his stablemate Ian White next week, where ‘The Raging Bull’ will continue his search for an elusive major TV title. No player has competed in more major finals without winning one than Jenkins, but he maintains that he isn’t deterred by this statistic.
“I’ve done well to get in nine major finals; there’s top players that have never got in one so I’ve got to count myself lucky. It would have been nice to win one or two of them, but I’m really happy with how my career has gone in the darts. I only treat it as a hobby; it is not my main job, so it’s been a really good hobby at the end of the day!”
The full interview with Terry Jenkins on Paul Starr’s ‘Behind The Bar’ can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-MfnX0EPuY&feature=youtu.be
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