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|Full name||Robert Sinnaeve|
October 10, 1949 |
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 57|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 16: 1987, 1988, 1991|
|World Masters||Runner Up: 1986|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|US Open/WSoD||Last 64: 2009, 2010|
|Other tournament wins|
|ADO Buckeye Open
ADO Cleveland Extravaganza
ADO Indianapolis St. Pats Open
ADO Little River Casino Classic
ADO PA Open/Rae Chesney Tournament
ADO Syracuse Open
Canada National Championships
1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991
|Canada's number one ranked player (1981-1992)
Inducted to Canadian Darts Hall of Fame (2002)
Robert "Bob" Sinnaeve (born October 10, 1949) is a Canadian darts player who won his national title five times.
Sinnaeve took up darts in 1973 as an alternative to bowling, as he felt the darts circuit would give him more time to spend with his wife, Judy. He first appeared at the World Masters in 1979 and made his World Professional Darts Championship debut in 1982, but lost in the first round to Alan Evans.
World Championship record
Sinnaeve appeared at the World Championship on ten occasions, but managed to win only three matches in that time. He lost in the first round on his first four attempts (1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986), and finally won a match in 1987, producing a major upset by beating Dave Whitcombe, who reached the final in the previous year. His only other match wins came in 1988 against Horrie Seden, and in 1991 against Eric Burden. His last appearance at the World Championship came in 1992, when he lost 1-3 to Paul Lim.
Sinnaeve once managed to reach number four in the world rankings, and his best performance in a major tournament was reaching the final of the Winmau World Masters in 1986 - an event in which he competed each year between 1979 and 1991. Internationally, he was part of the Canadian WDF World Cup winning team of 1989 - the only time they have taken the team event title. Sinnaeve finished as Runner-Up in the 1986 Butlins Grand Masters, the 1987 World Cup Singles and the 1988 MFI World Matchplay, victim to Eric Bristow each time. He was also runner-up to John Lowe in the Canadian Open in 1986. He reached the semi-finals of this event in 1990 and further semi-final places in the 1987 Denmark Open and 1988 North American Open.
He received recognition as one of Canada's greatest ever players, winning a record five national titles (1979, 1983, 1986, 1987 & 1991) - a record which stood until John Part equalled it in 2007. He also won the Ontario Singles five times (1978, 1980, 1983, 1984 & 1987) and four All-Canada Cup singles titles (1985, 1986, 1987 & 1988). Sinnaeve was Canada's number one ranked player between 1981 and 1992.
Recently, he has teamed up with American Larry Butler and is once again playing darts in North America.
He now resides in Langton, Ontario, with his wife Judy, and has three children: Lisa, Michelle and Adam. He's now an independent contractor for his own heating company, Sinnaeve Heating Limited.
World Championship Results
- 1982: 1st Round (lost to Alan Evans 1-2)
- 1984: 1st Round (lost to Dave Whitcombe 0-2)
- 1985: 1st Round (lost to Willy Logie 1-2)
- 1986: 1st Round (lost to Alan Glazier 1-3)
- 1987: 2nd Round (lost to Alan Evans 0-3)
- 1988: 2nd Round (lost to Dennis Hickling 0-3)
- 1989: 1st Round (lost to Dave Whitcombe 0-3)
- 1990: 1st Round (lost to Leo Laurens 2-3)
- 1991: 2nd Round (lost to Dennis Priestley 0-3)
- 1992: 1st Round (lost to Paul Lim 1-3)