A year is a long time in darts, considering what Nathan Aspinall has packed into the previous 12 months.
Last December, the fresh-faced 500/1 outsider trotted into the Ally Pally without much expected of him. Two weeks later, nobody was doubting him – as he became a World Championship semi-finalist on his debut.
It was undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, but bolts from the blue haven’t exactly been uncommon in darts’ showpiece event.
The next step is to back it up, and Aspinall did exactly that just two months later, claiming his first PDC major title at the UK Open.
“That was my big aim after the Worlds,” he told Sky Sports.
“My big target was to not become one of these one-hit wonders.
“People have had good runs in the World Championships before and, where are they now? They’re not even on the tour now, some people.
“I wanted to back it up. The perfect way to back that up was to win the UK Open, which was the dream come true.
“I never expected to win a major so early in my career, but I did.
“I’ve got to take that and build from it. Since then, I’ve had finals of Pro Tours, I won in America. I think I’ve definitely proved that I’m not a one-hit wonder, and I just hope now that I’ll keep adding more titles to my name, and hopefully one day become the world champion.”