||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (August 2008)|
|Nickname||Scotty 2 Hotty|
17 February 1977 |
|Home town||Halifax, West Yorkshire
|Playing darts since||2004|
Red Dragon Darts/ Penetrators – 23 gram
|Walk-on music||Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 10|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Winner 2013|
|World Masters||Winner 2011|
|World Darts Trophy||Last 16: 2007|
|Int. Darts League||Last 16: 2007|
|Zuiderduin Masters||Winner 2011|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|Grand Slam||Winner 2010|
|UK Open||Last 32: 2008|
|Other tournament wins|
|BDO Gold Cup
England GP of Darts Newcastle
Isle Of Man Classic
Tops of Ghent
WDF World Cup
WDF Europe Cup Pairs
2010, 2012, 2013
|Updated on 7 December 2008.|
Scott Waites (born 17 February 1977) is an English semi-professional darts player who plays in tournaments organised by the British Darts Organisation. Waites is a former BDO World Darts Champion having won the 2013 tournament. He is also a former Winmau World Masters champion, WDF World Cup singles' champion, Zuiderduin Masters champion, and the only BDO representative to ever win the Professional Darts Corporation Grand Slam of Darts.
Waites' first career success came in February 2007 when he won the Dutch Open an event which attracted 2867 entries. He also took the Welsh Masters title in March 2007 and earlier reached the final of the 2007 Scottish Open.
Barry Hearn confirmed on 13 August 2007 via the official PDC website, that Scott Waites was the highest ranked non-qualifier in the BDO that had accepted his invitation to compete in the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts, alongside Dennis Priestley (highest PDC non-qualifier). At the tournament he failed to qualify for the knockout stage, losing all three group matches to Michael van Gerwen, Mervyn King and Roland Scholten.
Waites was one of 32 pub qualifiers for the 2008 PDC UK Open, reaching to the last 32 stage, losing to Ronnie Baxter.
On 12 July 2008 Waites won the 2008 BDO Gold Cup, beating Gary Anderson four sets to two in the final. In December 2008, Waites reached his first major BDO final, reaching the Winmau World Masters final. He was beaten 7–6 by Martin Adams, but ended the year ranked #1 on the WDF rankings due to his consistent season.
Through his performances at the World Masters, the World Championship and also the Zuiderduin Masters, Waites became the number one ranked player on the BDO world rankings. Waites reached the quarter finals of the 2009 BDO World Championship, losing to Darryl Fitton 5–4 having led 4–2.
Waites reached the final of the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, a PDC major held at Wolverhampton Civic Centre, where he was beaten 16–2 by PDC world number one Phil Taylor. This earned Waites £50,000, which was at the time his biggest success in the game.
For some of his matches he has used Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis as his entrance music. However at the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites used Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C., to avoid a clash with Chelsea Dagger, the music played during breaks.
Waites entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the 2nd seed. For the third consecutive year, he was knocked out at the quarter final stage, this time by Martin Phillips of Wales. Waites had recovered from 4–0 down to level at 4–4 before Phillips prevailed.
At the 2010 World Masters, Waites reached the Quarter Finals, before losing to eventual champion Martin Adams.
At the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites once again reached the final by winning all three of his group matches, then following up with comprehensive victories over Raymond van Barneveld, Co Stompe and Steve Beaton (who had earlier eliminated Taylor). Waites played James Wade in the final, and defeated the PDC world #2 16–12 having trailed 8–0. The win was Scott's first in either a PDC or a BDO major, and made him the first player from the BDO (and the first player from either code other than Phil Taylor) to win the Grand Slam.
Waites was the sixth seed for the 2011 BDO World Championship and was second favourite with bookmakers at the start of the tournament. In the first round he defeated the unseeded two-time champion Ted Hankey 3–0, but in the second round he lost 4–2 to another unseeded player, Stephen Bunting.
At the 2011 World Masters in Hull, Waites defeated Ewan Hyslop in the Last 16, Gary Robson in the Quarter-Finals, defending champion Martin Adams in the semi-finals, and World Championship runner-up Dean Winstanley in the final to win his first World Masters title.
Waites continued his impressive run of form by winning the BDO British Open beating Willy van de Wiel 3–1 and WDF World Cup beating Martin Adams 6–2. He then won his third major championship at the Zuiderduin Masters, beating former champion Darryl Fitton 5–4 in the final after Fitton missed darts to win. However, Waites was beaten in the second round at the 2012 BDO World Championship 4–3 by Ted Hankey.
At the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites topped his group by beating Phil Taylor 5–2, avenging his heavy loss to the same player in the 2009 final. He was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Michael van Gerwen 16–12.
Waites went into the 2013 BDO World Championship as number three seed and bookmakers' favourite. He beat Willy van de Wiel 3-0 in the first round, Geert De Vos 4-1 in the second round, and Paul Jennings 5-2 in the quarter-final to reach the semi-finals for the first time. He then beat Richie George 6-1 to set up a final against two-time runner-up Tony O'Shea, which Waites won 7-1 to win the title.
Waites had a lower-profile season in 2013-14, suffering early exits in the Winmau Masters and Zuiderduin Masters and not being selected to defend his WDF World Cup singles title. He did enjoy another good run at the PDC Grand Slam, reaching the semi-finals before being defeated by Robert Thornton. However, his season ended in disappointment when, as the defending champion, he was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship 3-0 by eventual runner-up Alan Norris. It was the first time Waites had lost in the first round of the world championship, and afterwards he complained of a lack of preparation due to injuries as well as a power-cut shortly before his match started, though he still gave credit to Norris for his performance.
Waites's indifferent form continued at the start of the 2014-15 season when he lost in the first round of the World Trophy to Jim Williams.
World Championship Performances
- 2008: Quarter Final (lost to Brian Woods 3–5)
- 2009: Quarter Final (lost to Darryl Fitton 4–5)
- 2010: Quarter Final (lost to Martin Phillips 4–5)
- 2011: 2nd Round (lost to Stephen Bunting 2–4)
- 2012: 2nd Round (lost to Ted Hankey 3–4)
- 2013: Winner (beat Tony O'Shea 7–1)
- 2014: 1st Round (lost to Alan Norris 0–3)
Waites was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He currently resides in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with his partner Lucy. He has a son, Michael, with his ex-partner of 12 years, Sally. Sally was seriously ill during most of 2010 and this was speculated to be the main reason why Waites did not turn professional during that period despite his success in the PDC Grand Slam of Darts.
Waites is not a full-time professional player and he earns his full-time living as a carpenter for the council-linked Pennine Housing 2000, Calderdale. He has no ambition to venture over to the PDC as he says he is happy to play in the BDO for the forseable future, playing against players he is familiar with.
- Profile and stats on Darts Database
- Scott Waites statistics, career results, head 2 heads and profile on DartsMad