Arron Monk

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Arron Monk
Personal information
Full name Arron Monk
Nickname Mad Monk
Born (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 27)
Andover, England
Home town Andover, Hampshire
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1995
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music (Theme From) The Monkees by The Monkees (Intro) followed by Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 2006–
Current world ranking 143
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 64: 2012, 2013, 2014
Grand Slam Last 16: 2012
UK Open Last 32: 2012
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2010
Other tournament wins
Colin Monk Classic 2011
Eastbourne Open 2010
Hampshire Open 2010
Mill Rythe Darts Festival 2009
New Kids On The Oche 2008
PDC Under 21 World Championship 2011
PDC World Championship Qualifiers 2011
PDC Youth Tour England 2012 (x6)
Other achievements
First Youth World Darts Champion 2011

Arron Monk (born 15 April 1990) is an English professional darts player who competes in Professional Darts Corporation events. He is the son of fellow former professional darts player and the 1996 Winmau World Masters winner Colin Monk.[1]

Career[edit]

He came to prominence with a group of young darts players at the 2010 UK Open which included Joe Cullen, William O'Connor and Reece Robinson. He defeated Nick Fullwell in the second round, whilst being cheered on by his father. In the third round, however he was defeated by the in-form Denis Ovens, who went on to reach the semi-final.

Monk also competes on the PDC Pro Tour and won the New Kids on the Oche event – Nuts TV's last televised darts tournament – in 2008.

On 3 January 2011, he won the final of the PDC Under-21 World Championship against Michael van Gerwen, played before the final of the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship. As a result of reaching the final, he qualified for the 2011 Grand Slam of Darts.

2012 season[edit]

Monk qualified for his first PDC World Championship in 2012 by beating Joe Cullen in the PDPA Qualifier.[2] He was perhaps unlucky with the draw for the first round as he played the winner of the previous weeks Players Championship Finals, Kevin Painter, and was beaten 3–1.[3] In April, he earned a place in the Austrian Darts Open in Vienna by defeating Paul Barham and Daniel Day in the UK qualifier.[4] He played Raymond van Barneveld in the first round and lost 6–4.[5] At the UK Open Monk enjoyed a 9–8 victory over Painter, before losing to Paul Nicholson 9–3 in the last 32.[6] He also qualified for the third European Darts Open with wins over Jack Hill and Chris Mason,[7] but lost to Steve Brown 6–2 in the first round in Düsseldorf.[8] In October, Monk reached the semi-finals of a PDC event for the first time at the 13th Players Championship of the year. He defeated the likes of Dennis Priestley, Roland Scholten and Mark Webster, all of whom have won major titles in the past, before losing 6–1 to Michael van Gerwen.[9] Monk then saw off John Part, Vincent van der Voort and Andy Hamilton, to make the quarter finals of the firth European Tour Event of the year, the Dutch Darts Masters.[10] Monk faced Paul Nicholson and lost 6–1 with an average of just 69.39.[11] Monk qualified for the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts by finishing top of the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Order of Merit.[12] He won two of his three group games to finish second in the table and qualify for the last 16 of a major tournament for the first time.[13] He played Dean Winstanley and was beaten 10–5.[14]

2013 season[edit]

Monk reached his second World Championship by finishing 35th on the 2012 ProTour Order of Merit,[15] claiming the fifth of sixteen spots that were awarded to non-qualified players.[16] He lost 3–0 to Peter Wright in the first round.[17] Monk was ranked world number 45 after the event.[18] At the UK Masters he defeated Ian White and Mark Walsh both 6–4, before missing one match dart in the third round against Robert Thornton to lose 6–5.[19][20] He was beaten 6–4 by Ricky Evans in the semi-finals of the Under-21 World Championship,[21] and lost 5–2 to Gaz Cousins in the second round of the UK Open.[22] In total he reached the last 16 stage four times during the year but could not advance beyond this stage.[23]

2014 season[edit]

Monk was beaten 3–0 by Justin Pipe in the first round of the 2014 World Championship as he lost each set by three legs to one with an average of just 78.64.[24] He lost 5–4 to Karl Merchant in the second round of the UK Open.[25] Monk had a disappointing year as he couldn't get beyond the last 32 of any event.[26] The only European Tour event he could qualify for was the Austrian Darts Open and he was beaten 6–1 by Stephen Bunting in the first round.[27]

2015 season[edit]

Monk received a ban from the DRA for reckless throwing of darts and did not play in an event until September 2015 and only won two matches in the nine tournaments he entered.[28][29] He dropped to 145 in the world at the end of the year and could not win his place back on tour via Q School.[30][31]

2016 season[edit]

Monk qualified for the 2016 UK Open and defeated Stewart Rattray 6−3 and Robert Thornton 6−4, before losing 9−5 to Phil Taylor in round three.[32] He was knocked out in the semi-finals of the 13th Challenge Tour event by Michael Barnard, but went one better later in the day at the 14th event by reaching the final where he lost 5−1 to Richie Burnett.[33][34]

World Championship results[edit]

PDC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaron Monk Player Profile.". Dartsdatabase. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "PDPA World Championship Qualifier". PDC. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Championship – Night Five". PDC. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "European Tour 1 – UK Qualifier". PDC. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Austrian Open Day One". PDC. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "European Tour 3 UK Qualifier". PDC. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "European Darts Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Van Gerwen Glory in Dublin". PDC. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "2012 PDC Dutch Darts Masters Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Whitlock Claims Dutch Masters Win". PDC. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Monk's Joy With Youth Tour Triumph". PDC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "William Hill Grand Slam - Tuesday". PDC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "2012 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "ProTour Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "2013 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "2013 PDC UK Masters Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "UK Masters - Third Round Round-Up". PDC. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "2013 PDC Under 21 World Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Arron Monk 2013". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Six". PDC. 19 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Arron Monk 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Rodriguez & Suljovic Shine On Home Soil". PDC. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Arron Monk 2015". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 29 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "DRA Hearing Results" (PDF). The DRA. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  30. ^ "Order of Merit on 4 January 2016". PDC. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  31. ^ "2016 PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  32. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  33. ^ "2016 PDC Challenge Tour England Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  34. ^ "2016 PDC Challenge Tour England Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 

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