Andy Hamilton (darts player)
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16 March 1967 |
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
|Playing darts since||1983|
|Darts||23g 97% Tungsten Maestro|
|Walk-on music||U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||5|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Darts Trophy||Semi Finalist: 2007|
|Int. Darts League||First Round Group Stage: 2007|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Runner-up: 2012|
|World Matchplay||Semi-finals: 2006, 2011|
|World Grand Prix||Semi-finals: 2009|
|Grand Slam||Runner-up: 2007|
|Premier League||Semi-finals: 2012|
|Ch'ship League||7th winners group: 2008, 2013|
|Desert Classic||Quarter-finals: 2006, 2008|
|European Ch'ship||Quarter-finals: 2012, 2013|
|UK Open||Runner-up: 2013|
|US Open/WSoD||Runner-up: 2009|
|Players Ch'ship Finals||Semi-finals: 2013|
|Other tournament wins|
Coronation Hotel 500
LPKD Spring Open
Players Championships Players Ch'ship (GIB)
UK Open Regionals Regional Final (MID)
Andy Hamilton (born 16 March 1967 in Stoke-on-Trent) is an English professional darts player. He is nicknamed The Hammer. He had a good run in 2012 PDC World Darts Championship and played in the final against Adrian Lewis.
Hamilton started playing darts at the age of 16 with his father Jim and brother Darren. By the age of 18, Hamilton was playing county level darts for Cheshire. However, he did not feel confident enough to pursue a career at the higher level and stopped playing competitive darts for 20 years.
Hamilton qualified for the PDC World Championship for the first time in 2005 and reached the quarter-final stage. Hamilton defeated Mark Thomson and Mick Manning 3-0 in the early rounds and beat former BDO World Champion Steve Beaton 4-2 to reach the last 16. After beating Josephus Schenk 4-1 in the fourth round, Hamilton eventually lost 5-1 to Bob Anderson.
The 2006 PDC World Championship saw Hamilton gain revenge for his 2005 defeat by Anderson with a 3-2 first round win. He also knocked out Terry Jenkins 4-1 in round two. However, Hamilton fell to eventual winner Phil Taylor in the third round losing 4-0. Hamilton did manage to gain a share of the prize for highest three-dart checkout by hitting a 170 finish, a feat matched by Taylor.
Hamilton reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic before being eliminated by eventual runner-up Raymond van Barneveld 3-1. Hamilton had defeated Kevin Painter 6-4 in the first round and enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Matt Clark in round two.
'The Hammer' made his Winter Gardens debut at the 2006 World Matchplay Darts tournament. Hamilton sprang something of a surprise in round one by hammering number 4 seed Peter Manley 10-2. Hamilton then overcame Adrian Lewis in the second round, the duo produced a thrilling match that eventually saw Hamilton triumph 15-13. Hamilton's fine run continued as he defeated crowd favourite Wayne Mardle 16-9 to reach his first major semi-final. However Taylor, a seven time World Matchplay Champion, eliminated Hamilton 17-11 in the semi-final.
Hamilton reached the semi-finals of the 2007 PDC World Championship before bowing out 6-0 to eventual runner-up Taylor. Hamilton's campaign began with a 4-3 victory over Mark Dudbridge before defeating Dennis Priestley 4-1 and Jenkins 5-4 in the quarter-final. Hamilton hit 46 180s during the tournament, second only to the overall winner Raymond van Barneveld.
Hamilton enjoyed a superb start to 2007 and picked up his first PDC Pro Tour title with a 3-1 win over Colin Lloyd in the StanJames.com Players Championship in Gibraltar on 21 January. He had already overcome Andy Smith, Roland Scholten, Jenkins and Alan Warriner-Little on his way to the final.
His maintained his form by reaching the semi-finals of the South-West Regional Final of the UK Open and quarter-final performances in the PDPA Players Championship in Germany and North-East Regional UK Open.
Hamilton also made a big impact in the inaugural PDC US Open, powering his way to the semi-final, where he was beaten by van Barneveld. On his way to the semi-finals he overcame one of Taylor's oldest rivals, Priestley and the hugely talented Dudbridge.
In November, Hamilton enjoyed an excellent run in the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts, ending up as runner-up of the tournament and collecting £35,000 for his efforts. He was defeated by Taylor in the final by 18 legs to 11.
In December, Hamilton was knocked out of the second round of the PDC world championship by Alex Roy.
2008 to 2011
Hamilton reached the later stages of several tournaments, namely quarter-finals in the 2008 Las Vegas Classic and World Grand Prix. One year later he reached the semi-final of the World Grand Prix. In 2010 he continued the good results at the World Grand Prix reaching the quarter-finals. At the 2011 World Matchplay he reached the semi-final by beating Gary Anderson, John Henderson, and after being 15-8 down against Simon Whitlock, he pulled back and won the game 17-15, winning 9 legs in a row in a remarkable comeback. However he eventually lost to Phil Taylor 17-9 in the Semi finals.
At the 2012 World Championship he beat Antonio Alcinas 3–2 in the first round, while missing a dart at double 18 in the third set for a nine-dart finish. He then beat Vincent van der Voort 4–3, Dave Chisnall 4–0, and Kim Huybrechts 5–2, to reach the semi-finals for the second time in his career. He played Simon Whitlock and found himself 3–5 down and on the brink of elimination before he produced a super fightback, which included four ton-plus finishes, to prevail 6–5. Hamilton was consistently outscored by the Australian, but his finishing proved to be crucial as he hit 58% of his doubles to secure his first World final and second major TV final. The 200–1 outsider at the start of the tournament could not complete a remarkable victory and clinch the title, however, as he valiantly fought hard throughout but could never get ahead of his opponent, Adrian Lewis, who won the match 7–3. The £100,000 Hamilton picked up for his runner-up spot is the biggest of his career to date and he vowed to go one better in the 2013 tournament. He rose to world number 7 after the event.
Rest of 2012
His performance at the World Championship helped him gain a wildcard place into the 2012 Premier League Darts, where he made his first appearance. On the first night he beat James Wade 8–5, but then did not win another game until the eighth fixture of the campaign which included three successive defeats. However, Hamilton turned his form around and went into the last round of matches knowing a win coupled with results going his way would see him into the play-offs. Hamilton thrashed fellow debutant Kevin Painter 8–1 and did qualify for the play-offs by finishing 3rd in the league. He was unbeaten in the last five matches of the season and played Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals, against whom he drew 7–7 and then beat 8–4 during the league stage. Hamilton led the match 4–1, with Whitlock's solitary leg being a nine-darter, but went on to lose 6–8.
Hamilton then lost 5–9 in the last 32 of the UK Open to Raymond van Barneveld. He reached the final of the tenth Players Championship of the year and held a 5–3 lead over his opponent Colin Lloyd, before losing 5–6. At the World Matchplay he beat Brendan Dolan and Mark Webster, but was then defeated 11–16 in the quarter-finals by Phil Taylor. Hamilton won through to his second Players Championship final of the year at the 12th event in September, but lost 4–6 to Simon Whitlock. He then beat Mark Webster and Steve Beaton to make the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix. Hamilton faced Michael van Gerwen and despite making a 160 finish to force a deciding set, he lost 2–3. Hamilton topped his group at the Grand Slam of Darts by winning all three of his games, before taking out four ton-plus finishes to edge past Gary Anderson 10–9. He beat John Part 16–12 in the quarter-finals, and led van Barneveld 6–3 in the semis, before the Dutchman put together a match defining run of nine straight legs and eventually triumphed 16–10. After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Hamilton was 14th on the Order of Merit, which qualified him for the Players Championship Finals where he saw off Andy Smith and van Gerwen to play Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals. Hamilton led 9–5 in the best of 19 legs match, on the verge of beating the 15-time world champion for the first time in a televised match, but Taylor came back and with the score at 9–8, Hamilton needed 60 for the match. He missed the board with his first dart and missed double 20 with his last, this being the only dart he had for the match as he lost 9–10.
Hamilton dropped one set in each of his first three games in the 2013 World Championship as he reached the quarter-finals. He played Phil Taylor and lost 0–5, winning just two legs during the match. He threw a nine-dart finish in the third UK Open Qualifier of the year during a third round victory over Tony West, but lost in the following round to Richie Burnett 4–6. By reaching the semi-finals of the 2012 Premier League, Hamilton qualified for the 2013 edition. In week six he enjoyed a 7–3 win over Phil Taylor with an average of 101.40, but he lost six of his last seven matches to finish seventh in the league. Hamilton reached the third major final of his career at the UK Open by producing a superb performance to beat James Wade 10–8 in the quarter-finals and survived six match darts from Raymond van Barneveld in the semis to win 10–9. He averaged 97 in the final against Phil Taylor who averaged almost 10 points more as he won 11–4. Hamilton vowed to win his first major title following the defeat. He reached the final of the sixth Players Championship two weeks later, but lost 1–6 to Michael van Gerwen meaning he has now not won a ranking event since 2007. Hamilton hit six out of six doubles against Kim Huybrechts in the first round of the World Grand Prix in a 2–0 set win and then beat Kevin Painter 3–1 to ensure he reached at least the quarter-final stage of a major for the ninth consecutive tournament. He played Justin Pipe and could only average 75.88 in the double start event and lost 3–1. Hamilton qualified from Group 2 of the Championship League by defeating Michael van Gerwen 6–5 to advance to the Winners Group where he could only win two of his seven games to finish seventh in the table. Hamilton survived a record 18 missed match darts from John Part in the first round of the Players Championship Finals as he fought back from 5–1 down to win 6–5 with a 158 checkout and an average of just 75.05. More routine wins over Brendan Dolan and Ian White followed before Van Gerwen defeated Hamilton 10–5 in the semi-finals.
World Championship Results
- 2005: Quarter-Finals (lost to Bob Anderson 1–5)
- 2006: 3rd Round (lost to Phil Taylor 0–4)
- 2007: Semi-Finals (lost to Phil Taylor 0–6)
- 2008: 2nd Round (lost to Alex Roy 1–4)
- 2009: 3rd Round (lost to Jelle Klaasen 1–4)
- 2010: 3rd Round (lost to James Wade 3–4)
- 2011: 2nd Round (lost to Robert Thornton 0–4)
- 2012: Runner Up (lost to Adrian Lewis 3–7)
- 2013: Quarter-Finals (lost to Phil Taylor 0–5)
PDC premier event finals: 3 (0 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|World Championship (0–1)|
|Grand Slam (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score||Ref.|
|Runner-up||1.||2007||Grand Slam of Darts||Phil Taylor||11–18 (l)|||
|Runner-up||2.||2012||PDC World Darts Championship||Adrian Lewis||3–7 (s)|||
|Runner-up||3.||2013||UK Open||Phil Taylor||4–11 (l)|||
Hamilton is sponsored by Unicorn. Hamilton previously practiced with Phil Taylor, a fellow resident of Stoke-on-Trent but he now practices with Colin Osborne. Although he temporarily relocated to Derby to be closer to Osborne, Hamilton has since returned to Stoke-on-Trent.
Away from the oche he is married to wife Kate and has three stepchildren Adam, Sarah and Vicky. He and his wife ran the Skylark pub in Stoke-on-Trent, but Hamilton soon sold the pub to pursue a full-time darts career.
Outside of darts
In 2012, Hamilton, together with the seven other players who competed in the Premier League recorded a charity single with Chas Hodges and his band called 'Got My Tickets For The Darts' which was written by Chas. It was released on 18 May, the night after the play-offs at the O2 in London, where it was premiered. Proceeds from the single will be donated to the Haven House Children's Hospice.
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