|Full name||Jacobus Wilhelm Stompé|
10 September 1962 |
|Playing darts since||1988|
|Darts||22g Grand Slam|
|Walk-on music||"Sandstorm" by Darude|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 61|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Semi-final: 2000|
|World Masters||Quarter-final: 2000, 2006|
|World Darts Trophy||Last 16: 2002, 2004|
|Int. Darts League||Quarter-final: 2005|
|Zuiderduin Masters||Semi-final: 2001, 2004|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter-final: 2009, 2010|
|World Matchplay||Quarter-final: 2010|
|World Grand Prix||Last 32: 2010|
|Grand Slam||Quarter-final: 2010|
|Desert Classic||Last 16: 2009|
|European Ch'ship||Last 32: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|UK Open||Last 32: 2011|
|US Open/WSoD||Last 32: 2010|
|Players Ch'ship Finals||Last 16: 2011|
|Other tournament wins|
|9 Dart Finish: UK Open Qualifier 2010|
Jacobus Wilhelm 'Co' Stompé (born 10 September 1962) is a Dutch professional darts player who currently plays in the British Darts Organisation. Stompé is nicknamed The Matchstick because of his almost bald head and very thin appearance making him look like a matchstick. He is also one of very few professionals who play in long-sleeved shirts.
For years Stompé was considered the second best Dutch darts player behind Raymond van Barneveld. After reaching the semi-finals of the 2000 BDO World Darts Championship, he dropped back behind a younger emerging Dutch group of players.
Towards the end of his BDO career, Stompé also acted as a darts commentator for Dutch commercial television station SBS6.
On 11 June 2008 it was announced that Stompé had joined the Professional Darts Corporation circuit, and had to join the PDC rankings at 227. He made his PDC debut in the two PDPA Players Championship tournaments in Bristol. The first tournament started with a bye into the last 64, due to van Barneveld not taking part. He lost to Matt Clark. The next day saw him beat Tony Ayres and Peter Manley before losing in the last 32 stage to Kirk Shepherd.
Stompé won the 2008 PDC German Darts Championship, beating Phil Taylor 4–2 in the final. Both players averaged well in excess of 100; Stompé averaged 107.28, while Taylor averaged 108.09. The win earned him a spot in the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts and also earned him a place in the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship qualifying through the Continental Europe Order of Merit. He originally qualified through Dutch broadcaster SBS6's wildcard place which then went to Remco van Eijden as a result. He defeated 2007 semi-finalist Andy Jenkins in the first round. He also defeated Alan Tabern, the ninth seed in the second round and his impressive form in the championship continued with a 4–0 win over eighth seed Wayne Mardle in the third round. The win set up a quarter final encounter with Taylor, losing 5–0.
Stompé then qualified for the Desert Classic for the second successive year. He defeated Colin Osborne in the first round but lost in round two to Raymond van Barneveld. He then suffered first round losses in the World Matchplay to Adrian Lewis and in the European Championship to Gary Anderson and also went out at the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts. His defence of the German Darts Championship ended in the last 32 with a loss to Ronnie Baxter.
At the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship, Stompé defeated Steve Maish, Mervyn King and Mark Dudbridge to reach the quarter finals once more but was defeated by Mark Webster. He then reached the quarter finals of the 2010 World Matchplay, defeating Andy Hamilton and Mark Webster before losing to Raymond van Barneveld.
On 18 October that year, Stompé broke into the PDC Top 16 for the first time, dropping out three weeks later. In December, he partnered van Barneveld in the Netherlands team which won the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts. Later that month, Stompé was knocked out of the 2011 World Darts Championship in the first round, losing 1–3 to Peter Wright. Stompé comfortably beat Michael Smith 3–0 in the first round of the 2012 World Championship. He was bitten by a dog over the Christmas period and couldn't replicate the form he showed days earlier as he lost 1–4 in the second round to Terry Jenkins, hitting just 28% of his doubles. 2012 proved to be a disappointing year for Stompé as he could not reach a single quarter-final out of the 25 tournaments he played, with his best finishes being last 16 defeats in Pro Tour events.
Stompé dropped out of the top 32 during 2012, but qualified for the 2013 World Championship by finishing fifth on the European Order of Merit, taking the first of four spots for non-qualified players. He lost 0–3 to Paul Nicholson in the first round. After the tournament he was world ranked number 40. Stompé lost 5–4 to Michael Mansell in the second round of the UK Open. He only played in four more events during the rest of the year with his final PDC tournament coming in September.
Stompe returned to the BDO in 2014. He made his return to high-profile televised BDO tournaments at the Zuiderduin Masters.
Co is married to his second wife Danielle. He proposed to her on stage after winning the WDF World Cup with the Netherlands. Stompé's son, also called Co (born 1991), plays on the PDC Youth Tour, and reached the final of an event in Crawley in May 2011. Stompe has "adopted" Portsmouth as his football team, due to the support he has received from fans.
World Championship record
- 1996: 1st round (lost to Steve Beaton 0–3)
- 1998: 1st round (lost to Roland Scholten 2–3)
- 1999: 2nd round (lost to Roland Scholten 2–3)
- 2000: Semi-finalist (lost to Ronnie Baxter 2–5)
- 2001: 2nd round (lost to Wayne Mardle 0–3)
- 2002: 2nd round (lost to Bob Taylor 2–3)
- 2003: 1st round (lost to Martin Adams 1–3)
- 2004: 1st round (lost to Robert Wagner 2–3)
- 2005: 1st round (lost to André Brantjes 2–3)
- 2006: 1st round (lost to Paul Hanvidge 1–3)
- 2007: 2nd round (lost to Martin Adams 1–4)
- 2008: 2nd round (lost to Brian Woods 2–4)
- 2015: TBC
- 2009: Quarter-finalist (lost to Phil Taylor 0–5)
- 2010: Quarter-finalist (lost to Mark Webster 3–5)
- 2011: 1st round (lost to Peter Wright 1–3)
- 2012: 2nd round (lost to Terry Jenkins 1–4)
- 2013: 1st round (lost to Paul Nicholson 0–3)
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- "World Championship – Night Two". PDC. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- "World Championship – Day Ten". PDC. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- "Co Stompé 2012". Darts Database. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "European Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "2013 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
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- Van Gerwen Takes Youth Double PDC.tv