Gary Robson (darts player)
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|Born|| 19 June 1967
|Playing darts since||1984|
|Darts||22g gary robson g force darts|
|Walk-on music||This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us by Sparks|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 8|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter Finals: 2007, 2009, 2011|
|World Masters||Quarter Finals: 2005, 2011, 2014|
|World Darts Trophy||Winner: 2005|
|Int. Darts League||Quarter Finals: 2007|
|Zuiderduin Masters||Runner Up: 2014|
|Other tournament wins|
England National Ch'ships
Granite City Open
Isle Of Man Open
Tyne and Wear Open
West Brabant Open
Robson qualified twice for the World Championships, but was beaten in the first round on each occasion. He made it for a third time in 2004, but found himself 2−0 down in sets against Steve Coote. However, Robson recovered and took the match to a sudden death deciding leg, which he won. Bobby George commented that "you won't see better darts in this tournament than that match". Robson had another excellent performance in losing to 'Silverback' Tony O'Shea in the second round.
Robson's biggest tournament win so far was at the World Darts Trophy in Utrecht, Netherlands. He beat Mervyn King 6-4 in the 2005 final, averaging 91.5 for three darts, which was a fair way below his averages during his aforementioned performances in the 2004 World Championship.
Robson had to wait until 2007 to win another match at the World Championship, but his opponent for that match was pre-tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen. Robson won 3−2, although the teenage van Gerwen was not quite at his best form and looked nervous on some doubles. Robson did not have to wait long for his next win, as he made the quarter-finals for the first time in his career with a superb 4−3 win over former champion John Walton, having been 3−1 down. Robson could have had a nine-dart leg, but missed his seventh treble. However, his run was ended by Dutchman Niels de Ruiter. Robson led 2−0 and 4−2 but ended up losing 5−4. This match included a leg which Tony Green and John Part touted as "probably the best in thirty years", which Robson won to take the fifth set and lead 3-2.
Robson returned to the World Championship in 2008 where he was drawn against 2002 World Champion, Tony David. It was a lacklustre contest, in which Robson, whose 3 dart average was 80.43 went on to win 3−1 over a very disappointing David who averaged 76.77. This was Robson's only win at the 2008 World Championship, as in the second round he came up against an in-form Darryl Fitton. Fitton averaged over 100 in a 4−0 victory.
In the 2009 World Championship, Robson reached the quarter final for the second time, beating Stephen Bunting and Martin Atkins before losing to Martin Adams. 2009 was not a good year for Robson as a whole and as a result, he was forced to qualify for the 2010 Lakeside World Championship.
Robson lost 3−0 in a first round clash with 2009 champion and 5th seed Ted Hankey at the 2010 BDO World Championship. The next year, Robson was seeded once more and cruised through to the quarter-finals for a third time by defeating Steve Douglas and Dave Chisnall for the loss of just one set. He then led Martin Phillips 3−1 but was once again defeated 5−4.
After the final of the Sky's PDC tournament in 2012 an ex world champion and current pundit for the PDC quoted as saying being ranked 12th in the world within the PDC is an achievement in itself with the calibre of players within the organisation, but 12th within the BDO is like playing an average Sunday night Super league county darts player. (Referring directly about Gary Robson)
World Championship Results
- 2001: 1st Round (lost to Raymond van Barneveld 1−3)
- 2003: 1st Round (lost to Robert Wagner 1−3)
- 2004: 2nd Round (lost to Tony O'Shea 2−3)
- 2005: 1st Round (lost to Darryl Fitton 1−3)
- 2006: 1st Round (lost to Gary Anderson 1−3)
- 2007: Quarter Final (lost to Niels de Ruiter 4−5)
- 2008: 2nd Round (lost to Darryl Fitton 0−4)
- 2009: Quarter Final (lost to Martin Adams 4−5)
- 2010: 1st Round (lost to Ted Hankey 0−3)
- 2011: Quarter Final (lost to Martin Phillips 4−5)
- 2012: 1st Round (lost to Steve Douglas 0−3)
- 2013: 1st Round (lost to Garry Thompson 1−3)
- 2014: 2nd Round (lost to Robbie Green 1-4)
BDO major finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[N 1]|
|Winner||1.||2005||World Darts Trophy||Mervyn King||6–4 (s)|
|Runner-up||1.||2014||Zuiderduin Masters||Jamie Hughes||0-5 (s)|
- (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.