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|Nickname||The Fen Tiger|
27 May 1964 |
|Playing darts since||1986|
|Darts||peter evison b+w|
|Walk-on music||Lost In Space by Apollo 440|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter Final: 1988, 1989|
|World Masters||Winner 1989|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Semi Final: 1994, 1995, 1997|
|World Matchplay||Winner 1996|
|World Grand Prix||Semi Final: 2002|
|UK Open||Last 16: 2004|
|Other tournament wins|
PDC Samson Darts Classic
|Updated on 22 June 2009.|
Peter Evison (born 27 May 1964 in Chiswick) is a former darts player who enjoyed a long career in the game. His greatest achievements were to win the 1989 Winmau World Masters and the 1996 World Matchplay. He came close to winning the World Championship on a number of occasions.
Before appearing in a major tournament Evison was a contestant on Bullseye. He along with his teammate failed however to get to Bully's prize board. He later appeared on the show in 1992 a professional dart player scoring over 300 points in 9 darts in the "Points for Charity" round. Two years prior to this he appeared on the show for the first time after winning the 1989 masters, in which he scored 255 points.
Evison burst on the darts scene in 1986 with a surprise victory over John Lowe in the British Professional Championship, a major televised tournament in that era.
He made his World Championship debut in 1988, and went on to reach the quarter-finals, before losing to Bob Anderson. He returned to the same stage the following year, only to be defeated by Eric Bristow. He avenged that defeat in the final of the prestigious Winmau World Masters later in 1989 to take the title. There was a dip in form between 1990 and 1992, when he won just one match in the World Championship - a first round win over Lowe in 1991.
Having failed to qualify for the 1993 World Championship, he followed the top players who left the British Darts Organisation to form the WDC (now the Professional Darts Corporation, PDC). He reached the semi-final of the inaugural 1994 PDC World Darts Championship losing to eventual champion, Dennis Priestley.
Rod Harrington halted him in the semi-final of the 1995 PDC World Darts Championship. A quarter-final defeat followed in 1996, before he reached (and lost) his third semi-final in the 1997 PDC World Darts Championship. There was a third-placed play-off in that year and he beat Eric Bristow to finish third. He also got to the quarter-finals of the 1998 PDC World Darts Championship, losing to Harrington.
He failed to pass the first round of the 1999 World Championships, but reached the quarter-finals again in 2000 - losing this time to Peter Manley. For the next four years Evison lost in the first round as his career began to fade. He managed one preliminary round win in 2005 at Purfleet, before being badly beaten in a grudge match against Andy Jenkins. It was Evison's last appearance in the tournament.
Evison's best performances in the PDC came during the week in which he won the 1996 World Matchplay. He beat the defending champion, Phil Taylor, 8-1 in the second round, and beat Dennis Priestley 16-14 in the final to clinch the title. The defence of his title the following year ended with a quarter-final loss to Richie Burnett. He had further quarter-final appearances in 1999 and 2003, but he also suffered a humiliating 10-0 whitewash in the 2004 World Matchplay to Ronnie Baxter which was his last appearance in Blackpool.
He also reached the semi-final of the World Grand Prix in 2002 but lost 0-6 to Phil Taylor.
With his PDC world ranking falling rapidly, he was forced to qualify for all the PDC darts tournaments, which he failed to do for the World Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 2008, it was announced that Evison was one of eight players to take part in the BetFred League of Legends alongside the likes of Bristow, Bobby George and Lowe. He would go on to reach the semi finals of the tournament. It was also announced that Evison had re-joined the BDO system, becoming one of only a handful of players to return to the BDO after switching to the rival PDC. Evison took part in the BDO International Open on 15 June 2008, receiving a bye into the second round before losing to Paul Hanvidge 3-2 in legs. He reached the last 16 of the Czech Open in November 2008.
In 2009 he reached the last 16 of both the Isle of Man Open and the Open Holland. He then reached the quarter finals of the Swiss Open, his best performance since returning to the BDO.
In 2012 Evison attempted to rejoin the PDC via the qualifying school. He failed to earn a tour card, but is eligible to enter the qualifiers for the UK Open and World Championship.
World Championship Results
- 1988: Quarter-final (lost to Bob Anderson 0-4)
- 1989: Quarter-final (lost to Eric Bristow 3-4)
- 1990: 1st round (lost to Jack McKenna 1-3)
- 1991: 2nd round (lost to Kevin Kenny 1-3)
- 1992: 1st round (lost to Keith Sullivan 1-3)
- 1994: Semi-final (lost to Dennis Priestley 3-5)
- 1995: Semi-final (lost to Rod Harrington 1-5)
- 1996: Quarter-final (lost to John Lowe 2-4)
- 1997: Semi-final (lost to Dennis Priestley 4-5)
- 1998: Quarter-final (lost to Rod Harrington 0-4)
- 1999: 1st round (lost to Dennis Smith 0-3)
- 2000: Quarter-final (lost to Peter Manley 1-5)
- 2001: 1st round (lost to Dennis Smith 0-3)
- 2002: 1st round (lost to Richie Burnett 1-4)
- 2003: 2nd round (lost to Wayne Mardle 3-4)
- 2004: 3rd round (lost to Colin Lloyd 1-4)
- 2005: 3rd round (lost to Andy Jenkins 0-4)