Wayne Mardle says Andy Hamilton may never win a major title
Wayne Mardle says Andy Hamilton has huge talent - but isn't convinced he'll win a major.
Last Updated: 09/10/13 9:56am
'The Hammer' was in imperious form in his opening clash at the 2013 World Grand Prix as he overcame Kim Huybrechts 2-0 in Dublin, dropping only two legs along the way.
The number six seed, who has played in the Premier League for the last two seasons, will face Kevin Painter in the last 16 as he goes in search of an elusive first major title at the Citywest Hotel.
He came close to a World Championship when he lost in the final to Adrian Lewis in 2012, but Mardle isn't convinced he has the consistent scoring power to claim one of the sport's biggest prizes.
"Andy Hamilton is, in my opinion, one of the best players never to have won a major," said the Sky Sports expert.
"But has he got the gear that is right up there? To win majors you've got to have the 110 to 111 average, as Adrian Lewis showed in the World Matchplay Final against Phil Taylor. He got a 106 average and got beat with Taylor averaging 111.
"I don't know if Andy Hamilton can sustain that level over that distance, but of course he's good enough to get there. He's been beaten in a world final!"
Hamilton hit six out of six finishing doubles against Huybrechts, leaving his opponent with almost no chance of making it through to the next round.
And Mardle was enormously impressed with the finishing power of the Stoke native, who proved his reputation as one of the game's most solid players.
"It was an incredible run of finishes 120, 118, 96, 132..." he added.
"I actually felt sorry for Kim Huybrechts at one point because you could see that he wanted to buckle and show emotion but then thought 'no, I can't show any weakness'.
"Andy Hamilton is one of those that doesn't make many mistakes and he didn't make any, did he?"