Magnus Caris

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Magnus Caris
Personal information
Nickname Poker Face
Born (1968-11-15) 15 November 1968 (age 46)
Sweden
Home town Nacka, Stockholm
Sweden
Darts information
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1987–2009
PDC 2009–
Current world ranking 66
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi-finals: 1994
World Masters Semi-finals: 1992
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 64: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Grand Slam Group stage: 2011
European Ch'ship Last 32: 2011, 2012
UK Open Last 96: 2011, 2013
Other tournament wins
Benidorm Open 2012
PDC World Sweden Qualifying Event 2009, 2010
SDC Denmark 2013
SDC Sweden 2012, 2013
Sweden National Championships 2009, 2010

Magnus Caris (born November 15, 1968) is a Swedish darts player who competes in Professional Darts Corporation events.

BDO Career[edit]

Caris made seven BDO World Darts Championship appearances, his first coming in 1988, losing in the first round to Rick Ney of the United States. In 1990, he reached the quarter finals, beating Antero Rantala and Brian Cairns before losing to Eric Bristow.

He is famous for his semi final match in the 1994 BDO World Darts Championship against crowd favourite Bobby George. He defeated Wayne Weening, Leo Laurens and Martin Adams to set up a match with George who was struggling with a very bad back following his quarter final win over Kevin Kenny. Caris lost the first 2 sets against George, but then won the next 4 sets and went 2 legs up in the seventh set. In the third leg of the seventh set, Caris had one dart at double 18 to win the match with a 141 checkout. Following this, George won 9 legs in a row and prevailed 5-4 in sets.[1]

Caris also played in the Winmau World Masters five times, with his best performance coming in 1992, reaching the semi finals with wins over John Lowe, Bristow and Martin Adams before losing to Mike Gregory. Caris returned to televised darts at the 2009 World Masters, losing to defending champion Martin Adams in the last 16.

PDC Career[edit]

At the end of 2009, Caris competed in the 2010 PDC World Championship. He whitewashed Spain's Francisco Ruiz in the preliminary round before losing to Colin Lloyd in the first round.

In December 2010, Caris competed for Sweden in the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts alongside Par Riihonen. Sweden beat Slovenia by 6 legs to 2 in the first round, but were defeated 6–4 by United States in the second round.

At the end of 2010, Caris qualified again for the 2011 PDC World Championship. He beat Austria's Dietmar Burger in the preliminary round 4–3, surviving several match darts against him, before losing to Mervyn King in the first round.

At the start of 2011, Caris competed in the PDC qualifying school and earned his 2011 PDC tour card by getting the semi-final on the second day of qualifying.[2]

Caris qualified for the 2011 UK Open and beat Kevin McDine in the first round. In the second round he was drawn against Peter Hudson and took a 3–0 lead before Hudson hit back to force a deciding leg, which Hudson won with a ten-darter. Caris also missed eight match darts including a bullseye for a 164 finish in the sixth leg.

Caris qualified for the 2011 Grand Slam of Darts after reaching the final of the Wildcard qualifier. He finished 3rd in his group with one victory and two defeats.

At the 2012 World Championship he let a 2–0 lead slip against Steve Beaton in the first round. Caris had three darts to wrap up a straight sets victory, but seemingly let the boisterous crowd get to him, and eventually lost the match, 2–3.[3] He represented Sweden with Dennis Nilsson once again in the 2012 PDC World Cup of Darts and together they were beaten 1–3 by Belgium in the second round, having defeated Japan in round 1.[4] In June, Caris earned a place in the European Tour Event 2 in Berlin by defeating Roger Palmen and Christian Gödl in the European Qualifier.[5] In the first round he lost to Terry Jenkins 3–6.[6] He also qualified for the third European Tour Event with a win over Mareno Michels,[7] but was then beaten by James Wade 3–6 in the first round in Düsseldorf.[8] At the European Championship, Caris lost in the first round to Phil Taylor 3–6 with an average of 90.

Caris finished 2012 sixth on the European Order of Merit which qualified him for the 2013 World Championship, as he took the second of four spots that were available for the highest non-qualified players.[9][10] He played Robert Thornton in the first round and lost 0–3 in sets, winning just a single leg during the match.[11] He was ranked world number 44 after the tournament.[12] Caris played in his third World Cup of Darts and second with Par Riihonen in February 2013, but they finished bottom of Group C, losing to Canada 4–5 and Scotland 2–5.[13]

Caris produced a very good run in the fourth UK Open Qualifier of the year by reaching the quarter-finals, beating Simon Whitlock and Andy Smith, before losing to Jamie Caven.[14] He lost 5–1 to Kirk Shepherd in the second round of the UK Open itself.[15] He won two events on the Scandinavian Pro Tour during the year to finish third on their Order of Merit.[16][17][18]

In March 2014, Caris reached the semi-finals of the fourth Players Championship, only the second time he has done so in his PDC career. He beat Nigel Heydon, Peter Hudson, Justin Pipe, Adam Hunt and Stephen Bunting, before losing 6–4 to Ian White.[19] In the World Cup of Darts, Caris and his playing partner Peter Sajwani lost both their singles games in the second round against Scotland's Peter Wright and Robert Thornton to exit the tournament.[20] Caris lost in the final of the European Championship Qualifier 6–4 to Robert Wagner.[21]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bobbygeorge.com
  2. ^ pdc.tv
  3. ^ "Beaton not beaten just yet". Sky Sports. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cash Converters World Cup Round Two Doubles Round-Up". PDC. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "European Stars Seal Berlin Places". PDC. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "German Darts Champs Day One". PDC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "European Tour 3 Qualifiers". PDC. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "European Darts Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "European Order of Merit". PDC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "2013 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day One". PDC. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Saturday Afternoon". PDC. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Thorn Strikes For Qualifier Four Win". PDC. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Pro Tour 4 – Caris takes Sunday’s Title". SDC. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "SDC PT 7 – Results". SDC. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "SDC Order of Merit". SDC. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Imperious Taylor's Crawley Triumph". PDC. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "bwin World Cup of Darts Second Round". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "2014 SDC European Championship Qualifier Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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