Dave Askew

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Dave Askew
Personal information
Nickname Diamond Dave
Born (1963-04-03) 3 April 1963 (age 51)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Home town Redhill, Surrey
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1980s
Darts 19g Phil Taylor adapted
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1988-2000
PDC 2000-2011
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 16: 1995
World Masters Quarter Final: 1993
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2001, 2002
World Matchplay Last 16: 2001, 2002, 2005
World Grand Prix Quarter Final: 2001
UK Open Last 16: 2005
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2007
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Denmark Open

French Open

Windy City Open

1988
1989

2000
Updated on 17 February 2008.

Dave Askew (born 3 April 1963 in Redhill, Surrey) is an English former darts player who competed in the Professional Darts Corporation. Askew is a twice semi-finalist in the PDC World Championship, both in 2001 and 2002 and on both occasions losing to eventual winner Phil Taylor.

Overview[edit]

Askew began competing in major tournaments in the late 1980s, prior to the split in the game during 1992-94. He won the Danish Open in 1988 and the French Open the following year. After the top players left the British Darts Organisation during mid-1993, Askew began to produce some more good results, reaching the final of the British Open and the quarter-finals of the Belgian Open and the Winmau World Masters, performances which secured his debut at the 1994 BDO World Darts Championship (the first year after the split) but he lost to Ian Sarfas - an Englishman who made his only World Championship appearance that year. In 1995, Askew came back from 2 sets down to beat the number one seed Steve Beaton in the first round of the World Championship before losing heavily to Raymond van Barneveld, who went on to reach his first world final that year.

After the 1995 World Championships and Scottish Open, Askew virtually disappeared off the circuit for around five years - with only a semi-final appearance at the British Open and a quarter final at the Dutch Open in 1998 of note. He then joined the Professional Darts Corporation in May 2000, and a few months later was reaching the semi finals of the 2001 World Championship. Later in 2001, he reached the final of the Irish Masters (losing to Denis Ovens). He beat Chris Mason, Roland Scholten and Dennis Priestley in another fine run to the semi-final of the 2002 World Championship. Shortly after the Worlds he reached the semi-finals of the Irish Masters again.

However since then, Askew has failed to live up to the building potential. He made regular quarter-final and semi-final appearances at the non-televised events in 2004, but then only one quarter-final in 2005 and one in 2006 saw his world ranking steadily fall. He competed at 31 PDC tour events during 2007, with £5,475 prize money and just two quarter-final runs to show for it. He fell out of the top 32 of the rankings, which means he will have to qualify for all future televised events including the World Championship.

Askew is not a full-time professional player - he earns his living as a bricklayer.

World Championship performances[edit]

1994 (BDO) Last 32 lost to Ian Sarfas 0-3
1995 (BDO) Last 16 lost to Raymond van Barneveld 0-3
2001 (PDC) Semi Final lost to Phil Taylor 0-6
2002 (PDC) Semi Final lost to Phil Taylor 0-6
2003 (PDC) Last 16 lost to Roland Scholten 0-5
2004 (PDC) Last 32 lost to Keith Deller 3-4
2005 (PDC) Last 32 lost to Chris Mason 3-4
2006 (PDC) Last 64 lost to Gerry Convery 0-3
2007 (PDC) Last 16 lost to Alan Tabern 3-4
2008 (PDC) Last 64 lost to Adrian Lewis 1-3

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