Colin Lloyd

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Colin Lloyd
Personal information
Full name Colin Edward Lloyd
Nickname Jaws
Born (1973-08-07) 7 August 1973 (age 41)
Colchester, Essex, England
Home town Colchester, Essex
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1985
Darts 18g Target Pure One
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Monster by The Automatic
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 1999–
Current world ranking 41
BDO majors - best performances
World Masters Last 64: 2001
World Darts Trophy Quarter-finals: 2006
Int. Darts League Runner up: 2006
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi-finals: 2002
World Matchplay Winner 2005
World Grand Prix Winner 2004
Grand Slam Last 16: 2007, 2009, 2010
Premier League Runner up: 2005
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Runner-up: 2008
Desert Classic Semi-finals: 2003
European Ch'ship Semi-finals: 2010
UK Open Semi-finals: 2007
US Open/WSoD Runner up: 2008
Players Ch'ship Finals Quarter-finals: 2009, 2010, 2011
Other tournament wins
Antwerp Open 2002, 2003, 2004
Atlanta Players Championship 2009
Bob Anderson Classic 2005
Canadian Masters Players Championship 2010
Irish Masters 2006
Le Skratch Montreal Open 2004
Open Holland 2004
Sunparks Masters 2004
Vauxhall Autumn Pro 2005
Vauxhall Spring Pro 2003, 2005
West Tyrone Open 2004, 2005
Windy City Open 2008

Players Championships

Players Championship (CRA) 2010, 2012
Players Championship (GIB) 2010
Players Championship (HAY) 2006
Players Championship (HOL) 2006
Players Championship (IRE) 2004
Players Championship (IOW) 2005

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

Regional Final (IRE) 2005
Regional Final (NEE) 2009
Regional Final (SWE) 2008
Regional Final (SOU) 2008
UK Open Qualifier 2010
Other achievements

PDC World Number 1 from April 2005 to January 2007 (except for March to May 2006)
Nine dart finish – Irish Masters 2006 (non-televised) [1]

Completed the first ever Premier League whitewash against Terry Jenkins on 26 April 2007
Updated on 17 February 2008.

Colin Edward Lloyd (born 7 August 1973 in Colchester, Essex), nicknamed Jaws, is an English professional darts player on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit. He is a former world number one ranked player and he has won two major television titles in the PDC – the 2004 World Grand Prix and the 2005 World Matchplay. His entrance music is "Monster" by The Automatic.

Early career[edit]

A former builder, Lloyd broke onto the scene in 1999, making his TV debut the same year, thrashing Alan Warriner 13–2 in the second round of the World Matchplay. His World Championship debut came in 2000 – but he lost in the first round to Shayne Burgess. After another first round loss at the 2001 World Championships, his major breakthrough was in the 2002 PDC World Championship, where he reached the semi-finals losing to Peter Manley. He had beaten Alex Roy, Warriner and Richie Burnett to reach the semi-finals that established him as one of the top players on the PDC circuit.

Major success[edit]

His long-awaited first major title came in the 2004 World Grand Prix, where he beat Warriner in the final. His success in the non-televised PDC Pro Tour events saw his world ranking continue to rise. By April 2005 he had reached world number one – a position he held (with a brief interruption in June 2006) for almost two years. Soon after becoming World Number One he added the 2005 World Matchplay title in Blackpool, beating John Part in the final, ending the match on a maximum 170 checkout.[2] He also reached the final of the 2005 World Grand Prix before losing 1–7 to Phil Taylor.[3] This good form made him second favourite in the 2006 World Championship, only behind Taylor in terms of odds. Unfortunately for Lloyd, he was knocked out in the first round by qualifier Gary Welding, having led 2–0 in the best-of-five match.[4] He reached the final of the International Darts League in the Netherlands in May 2006, losing to Raymond van Barneveld.

Loss of form[edit]

A heavy 2–11 defeat to Taylor at the 2006 UK Open saw his form in televised events dip dramatically. He lost in the first round of the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic to Chris Mason, to Steve Maish (despite a ten-dart leg where he was two darts away from a nine dart finish) at the 2006 World Matchplay and to Bob Anderson in the first round of the World Grand Prix. He lost his world number one ranking after a second round loss to eventual world champion van Barneveld at the 2007 PDC World Championship. He had led 3–0 in sets, failed with four match darts, and eventually lost 3–4.

Lloyd lost in the first round of the 2007 US Open to Jim Widmayer before showing some improvement with a run to the semi-finals of the 2007 UK Open. But he continued to lose ranking places as his good results from the two-year ranking period were replaced with further first round losses to Wes Newton at the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic and to Mervyn King at the 2007 World Matchplay.

He went into the 2008 World Championship ranked 12th in the world, having been number one just twelve months previously. He missed a dart at bullseye to win his first round match with Jan van der Rassel and then lost 2–3 (6–4 in legs in the final set). Lloyd's poor form at the 2009 World Championship continued as he lost in straight sets to Holland's Jelle Klaasen in the first round. After winning his first round match at the 2009 World Matchplay against Wayne Jones, Lloyd announced that he had just recovered from swine flu and had been placed in isolation for five days.[5]

Whilst playing Andree Welge in the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship first round, Lloyd punched the dart board out of frustration from letting slip a 2–0 lead to be all square at 2–2. Despite this, he eventually won the match 3–2 with a 116 out shot, and after the match said that he regretted what he did and said it was born out of pure frustration.[6]

He comfortably made it to the last 16 of the 2012 World Championship by beating Darin Young and Scott Rand, 3–1 and 4–1 respectively.[7] However, he struggled against world number four Gary Anderson in the next round, losing 1–4 as his opponent averaged 100.[8] In April, Lloyd dropped out of the world's top 16 for the first time in over a decade and will need to qualify for the upcoming major events if he does not regain his place.[9] In his next major event, the UK Open, Lloyd posted an encouraging result by defeating reigning champion James Wade 9–5,[10] but then lost to world number 48 Joe Cullen 8–9 in the last 32.[11] Lloyd hit a nine-dart finish in the first round of the European Tour Event 2 during a 6–5 win over Alex Roy.[12] In July, he won the tenth Players Championship of the year, his first ranking title in almost 2 years. He beat Andy Hamilton 6–5 in the final and briefly returned to the top 16.[13] He was ranked 17th at the cut-off point before the World Matchplay, but still qualified due to his position on the ProTour Order of Merit.[14] Lloyd faced Mark Webster in the first round and was defeated 6–10.[15] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Lloyd was 16th on the Order of Merit, which qualified him for the Players Championship Finals where he was beaten by Peter Wright 5–6 in the first round, after being 5–3 ahead.[16][17]

Lloyd overcame Darin Young and Mark Webster to face Michael van Gerwen in the last 16 of the 2013 World Championship, and was beaten 4–1.[18] He lost 9–8 to Brendan Dolan in the third round of the UK Open.[19] Lloyd lost each of the five opening legs to Van Gerwen in the first round of the World Matchplay but made a fightback to trail just 7–6 before being eliminated 10–7.[20] Lloyd's best result of 2013 was at the Austrian Darts Open where he beat the likes of Andy Hamilton (6–0) and Wes Newton (6–4) to reach the semi-finals and another meeting with Van Gerwen with Lloyd losing 6–2.[21][22]

He twice came from a set down to level his first round match at 2–2 in the 2014 World Championship against Beau Anderson. Lloyd then missed 11 darts in the final set to break throw as all ten legs went with throw to send the match into a sudden-death leg which Anderson won to eliminate Lloyd.[23] Lloyd missed out on playing in the UK Open for the first time in the tournament's history this year as he only entered three of the six qualifying events and failed to advance beyond the last 64 in any of them.[24] Lloyd also failed to qualify for both the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix for the first time in 2014. He could not get past the last 64 of any event he entered during the season.[25] Lloyd failed to qualify for the 2015 World Championship as he was 35th on the Order of Merit before the event, outside of the top 32 who automatically earn their places, and was not successful via any other method of qualification; it marked the first World Championship since 1999 to not feature Lloyd, and he vowed to retire if his poor form continued into 2015, saying "I'm not going to say I'm finished yet, because I think I'm far from finished. But this is the worst year I've ever had. It's been an abysmal year. If I get six months into next year and feel I'm not competing at the level I want to, then that will be the time to take a step back".[26] He begins 2015 as the world number 41.[27]

Premier League performances[edit]

Lloyd qualified for the first three Premier League tournaments between 2005 and 2007 – the tournament is restricted to the top ranked players in the PDC. In 2005, he finished second after the league stage but lost to Taylor in the final. In 2006 he went out to eventual winner Taylor in the semi finals, then finished 5th in the league stage in 2007. Due to his slip in rankings, he failed to qualify for either the 2008 Premier League or the 2009 Premier League.

World Championship results[edit]

PDC[edit]

PDC premier event finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (0–0)
World Matchplay (1–0)
World Grand Prix (1–1)
Premier League (0–1)
Other (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2004 World Grand Prix England Alan Warriner-Little 7–3 (s)
Runner-up 1. 2005 Premier League Darts England Phil Taylor 4–16 (l)
Winner 2. 2005 World Matchplay Canada John Part 18–12 (l)
Runner-up 2. 2005 World Grand Prix England Phil Taylor 1–7 (s)
Runner-up 3. 2008 US Open England Phil Taylor 0–3 (s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Lloyd Perfect Game. YouTube (2006-04-25). Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
  2. ^ "Lloyd sweeps to Matchplay title". BBC. 30 July 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rampant Taylor brushes past Lloyd". BBC. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welding knocks out top seed Lloyd". BBC. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Colin Lloyd back at darts World Matchplay after swine flu scare". The Mirror. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jaws attacks!". Sky Sports. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "2011 PDC World Championship Fixtures". Darts Database. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "World Championship – Day 12". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pipe Breaks Into Top 16". PDC. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open RD4". PDC. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "German Darts Champs Day One". PDC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jaws Bites For Crawley Win". PDC. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Betfair World Matchplay Field". PDC. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Betfair World Matchplay - Night Three". PDC. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "2013 PDC World Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Friday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "BetVictor World Matchplay Day Two". PDC. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "2013 PDC Gibraltar Darts Trophy Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Colin Lloyd 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Five". PDC. 18 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Coral UK Open Field Confirmed". PDC. 23 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Colin Lloyd 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Colin Lloyd moves on from 'worst year'". BBC. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Order of Merit on 5 January 2015". PDC. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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