John Henderson (darts player)
4 May 1973 |
|Darts||24g a180 Hendo Darts|
|Walk-on music||Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean intro followed by Rockin' All Over the World by Status Quo|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||44|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 16: 2005, 2010|
|World Masters||Last 32: 2005|
|Zuiderduin Masters||Last 24 Group: 2010|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 32: 2014|
|World Matchplay||Last 16: 2011|
|World Grand Prix||Quarter Final: 2011|
|Grand Slam||Last 32 Group: 2010|
|UK Open||Last 16: 2013|
|Other tournament wins|
Granite City Open
Scotland National Championships
Henderson briefly played in the Professional Darts Corporation, playing one tournament in Scotland and then the 2003 UK Open where he lost in the first round having won his Preliminary match. Henderson then qualified for the 2005 BDO World Darts Championship, where he beat Stephen Bunting in the first round before losing in round two to Martin Adams – hitting a record 13 180s (for a five-set match) in the 3–2 defeat. Henderson then reached the quarter finals of the 2005 British Open and the Last 32 of the 2005 Winmau World Masters.
Henderson reached the final of the 2007 British Open. He beat Tony O'Shea in the quarter finals and Ted Hankey in the semis before losing to Gary Anderson in the final. This was followed however with failure to qualify for the 2008 BDO World Championship and an early exit from the 2007 World Masters.
2008 was a good year for Henderson, reaching the semi-finals of the Norway Open and the quarter finals of the WDF Europe Cup. On 20 September 2008 Henderson captured his very first title, winning the 2008 British Open. He scored notable wins over Edwin Max and Dave Chisnall to earn a spot into the televised stages which were shown live on Setanta Sports. He then defeated Gary Robson in the quarter-finals and Mareno Michels in the semis before avenging his defeat over Anderson twelve months previously by beating him in the final to win the £3,000 top prize. The win also helped Henderson finish fourth in the BDO International Grand Prix, earning him another £2,750 for his efforts. He also shot up the world rankings as a result of the win, moving him into the WDF's top 20, . He then captured the German Open in 2009, beating Stephen Bunting in the final which elevated Henderson to seven in the WDF rankings.
Henderson then qualified for the 2010 BDO World Championship, winning one of four places available from the Inter-Playoff Qualifiers in Bridlington. He was defeated in the second round by Scott Waites. Henderson failed to qualify for the 2011 tournament, but did qualify for the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts where he finished third in his group. After being defeated by Mervyn King he was accused of standing in front of the oche, however after watching the match again, King admitted that he had overreacted and apologised to Henderson in a pre-match interview.
On 15 January 2011 Henderson came through qualifying at the PDC Q-School event and has therefore left the British Darts Organisation. On joining the PDC he said "It means everything to me the first two days were hard and I felt a lot of pressure today but to qualify, so I’m delighted I did it."
In the 2011 Derby championships he hit the 9 darter in his second leg of the second round beating Andy Hamilton 6–5 and earning £800.
Henderson qualified for the 2011 World Matchplay where he beat Colin Lloyd 10–7 in the first round, before losing to Andy Hamilton 13–11 in the second round. He defeated on form Justin Pipe 2-0 at the World Grand Prix 2011, he went on to reach the Quarter finals losing to eventual runner up Brendan Dolan
Henderson reached his first PDC World Championship in 2012, but was beaten by three-time World Champion, John Part, 0–3. He only managed to win 2 legs during the match, with Part stating afterwards that "John struggled and wasn't himself". His best result on the 2012 Pro Tour was in reaching the quarter-finals of the 16th Players Championship event, where he lost to Nick Fullwell 2–6. Henderson was beaten in the last 16 of the Qualifier for the 2013 World Championship. He was ranked world number 39 after the World Championship.
Henderson qualified for the 2013 UK Open by finishing 50th on the Order of Merit to enter the event in the second round. He enjoyed his best ever run in the tournament by beating Dave Place, Scott Rand and Kevin McDine to advance to the last 16. He played James Wade and lost 9–4. Henderson reached the quarter-finals of a Players Championship played in Killarney for the second consecutive year as he beat Mark Webster, Ian White and Justin Pipe before being whitewashed 6–0 by Darren Webster. He qualified for the 2014 World Championship through the ProTour Order of Merit having claimed the ninth of sixteen places that were available to non-qualified players. Henderson started his first round match brightly as he took a 2–0 lead against seventh seed Dave Chisnall which included a 132 finish of bull, bull, double 16. He threw for the match in the third set but lost the leg and the set as Chisnall fought back to level the game. Henderson survived four match darts from Chisnall in the final set as he pulled off a big shock win in a performance he rated as the best of his career. Another tight match followed against Mark Webster with Henderson missing three darts at tops to seal a 4–2 win, and then went on to lose the deciding set to bow out of the tournament 4–3.
World Championship results
Outside darts he makes and tests slings for chemical offshore companies as he is only a part-time darts player. He has expressed his desire to go full-time on the circuit, which joining the PDC has potentially allowed him to do.
Henderson currently plays darts for the Masada Bar in the Aberdeen Darts Association.
He is engaged to Veronica Hughes and has no children.
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- "Thornton Triumphs In Killarney". PDC. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- "2014 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Three". PDC. 15 December 2013.
- "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Ten". PDC. 23 December 2013.
- "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014.
- About me. johnhendersondarts.co.uk