Brendan Dolan

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Brendan Dolan
Personal information
Nickname The History Maker
Born (1973-08-02) 2 August 1973 (age 40)
County Fermanagh
Home town Belcoo
Northern Ireland
Darts information
Playing darts since 1979
Darts 24.5g A180 Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music I'm Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 2002–
Current world ranking 13
BDO majors - best performances
World Masters Last 192: 2003
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
World Matchplay Last 16: 2013
World Grand Prix Runner up: 2011
Grand Slam Last 16: 2012
European Ch'ship Semi-final: 2012
UK Open Quarter Final: 2014
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2010
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 16: 2012, 2013
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
UK Open Qualifier
Ulster Open

Players Championships Players Ch'ship (BAR)
Players Ch'ship (WIG)

2013, 2014
Other achievements
Became the first darts player to hit a nine-dart finish with the double-start rule on television in 2011

Brendan Dolan (born 2 August 1973) is a professional darts player from Northern Ireland who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. He is best known for becoming the first player to hit a nine-dart finish in a double to start event which he did at the 2011 World Grand Prix. Dolan lost in the final of the tournament to Phil Taylor and it is to date his only appearance in a major final. Away from the television cameras in floor events on the PDC Pro Tour he lost his first seven finals, before winning his maiden ranking title in 2013.


After two early exits in the 2003 and 2004 UK Open, his first major run came in the 2004 World Grand Prix where he earned his place through the All Ireland qualifiers, winning one of four places.[1] He defeated fellow qualifier Mark Wilton in the first round but lost 3–1 in the second to Kevin Painter.[2] However, he did not yet play in full compliment of PDC events as he only took part in a total of four tournaments in 2005 and 2006.[3] Dolan reached the last 32 of the 2007 UK Open, beating Bob Anderson and Darren Johnson before losing to Dennis Priestley.[4]

In March 2008, Dolan reached his first PDC Pro Tour final, doing so in the UK Open Midlands Regional Final. He scored wins over Vincent van der Voort, Roland Scholten, Wes Newton, Colin Lloyd and Colin Osborne before losing to Phil Taylor. The result though earned Dolan £3,000, which helped him finish 16th in the UK Open rankings and enter the tournament in the third round.[5] He defeated fellow Irish player John MaGowan in the third round and then beat Adrian Lewis to reach the last 16 where he lost to Chris Thompson.[6] Dolan won the non-ranking 2008 Ulster Open, beating Ronnie Baxter in the final.[7] He qualified for the 2008 World Grand Prix as the highest ranked Irish player in the PDC Order of Merit and was beaten in the first round by Jacko Barry.[8][9]

Dolan qualified for the 2009 World Championship by winning one of eight places at the qualifiers in Telford. He was beaten 3–0 by number three seed James Wade in the first round.[10] In October, he reached his second PDC Pro Tour final in Nuland, where Wade fought back from 2–0 down to defeat Dolan 6–2.[11]

He qualified for the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship via the Players Championship Order of Merit and won his first game at the event by defeating Tony Eccles 3–1 in the first round, but lost 4–0 in the second to Raymond van Barneveld, who hit a nine-dart finish in the match.[12][13] He qualified for the Players Championship Finals for the first time but lost 6–5 to Adrian Lewis in the first round.[14]


At the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship, Dolan defeated Kevin Painter 3–0 in the first round before losing 0–4 to Wes Newton in the second round. At the World Grand Prix, Dolan defeated Wayne Jones, John Part and John Henderson to become the first Irish player to qualify for the semi-finals of the event. In his semi-final against James Wade, Dolan became the first darts player to hit a nine-dart finish with the double-start rule on television. He hit 160 to start, followed by a 180 then followed this up with treble 20, treble 17, and then the bullseye.[15] Dolan eventually won the match 5–2 to reach the final, where his run ended with a 6–3 loss to Phil Taylor.


Dolan did not enjoy a good 2012 World Championship as he lost 0–3 in the first round to Kim Huybrechts, picking up just two legs during the match.[16] He then represented Northern Ireland with Michael Mansell in the 2012 PDC World Cup of Darts and together they reached the quarter-finals, where they were whitewashed by the Netherlands 0–4, having beaten Denmark in the second round.[17] Dolan reached the last 32 of the UK Open, where he lost 8–9 to Denis Ovens.[18] He also reached the World Matchplay for the first time and was defeated by Andy Hamilton 7–10 in the first round.[19] At the European Championship he beat Justin Pipe and Andree Welge to set up a quarter-final meeting with Phil Taylor, who had never lost a match in the event.[20] Dolan became the first man in 23 attempts to defeat Taylor in the tournament with a 10–6 win, at the same time breaking his own duck against the fifteen-time world champion after 14 previous losses.[21] Dolan played Wes Newton in the semi-finals and from being 9–6 up he lost five consecutive legs to bow out 9–11.[22]

Dolan once again produced his best form at his home tournament, the World Grand Prix in October. He comfortably beat world number four Gary Anderson, Vincent van der Voort and Justin Pipe to reach the semi-finals for the second successive year and the second successive major event.[23] Dolan took out a 170 finish to trail 1–2 in sets against Mervyn King, but was unable to stop King from going on to win 5–2.[24] At the Grand Slam of Darts, he finished second in Group F thanks to wins over Paul Nicholson and Barrie Bates to qualify for the last 16.[25] Dolan played John Part and made a disastrous start to the match as he trailed 0–6 and despite only trailing at one point 6–8, he lost 6–10.[26] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Dolan was 21st on the Order of Merit, comfortably inside the top 32 who qualified for the Players Championship Finals.[27] He beat James Wade 6–4 in the first round,[28] and again fell 0–6 down in the second round against Justin Pipe, and never quite recovered as he was defeated 8–10.[29]


Dolan lost in the second round of the 2013 World Championship 1–4 to Raymond van Barneveld.[30] In his third World Cup of Darts and second with Michael Mansell the pair were beaten 4–5 in the last 16 by the Croatian duo of Robert Marijanović and Tonči Restović.[31] Dolan reached the final of the second UK Open Qualifier following wins over the likes of Dave Chisnall, Ronnie Baxter and van Barneveld. He faced Michael van Gerwen and was defeated 2–6.[32] At the UK Open itself he eliminated Matt Padgett and Colin Lloyd to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2008.[33] He faced Phil Taylor and missed three match darts when leading 8–7. He threw first in the deciding leg but Taylor only needed 11 darts to beat Dolan 9–8.[34] In October, Dolan came extremely close to winning his first ranking tournament as he led Adrian Lewis 3–0 in the final of the ninth Players Championship, but went on to lose 6–4.[35] He faced Lewis again a few days later in the first round of the World Grand Prix and lost in the deciding leg of the final set.[36] Another defeat in a final followed at the Dutch Darts Masters as he was beaten 6–3 by Kim Huybrechts despite averaging 101.52. This meant he had appeared in eight ranking finals without landing a title.[37] However, a week later at the 13th Players Championship Dolan finally won his first PDC ranking tournament. He took advantage of a depleted field due to the top 16 on the Order of Merit all participating in the Masters to defeat world number 110 Ricky Evans 6–3 in the final.[38] His second tournament win came later in the month at the final Players Championship of 2013 where he beat Jamie Robinson 6–1 in the final.[39]


Dolan was outplayed by Gary Anderson in the 2014 World Championship in a 4–1 defeat, meaning he has failed to advance beyond the second round in six appearances at the event.[40] He won the fourth UK Open Qualifier by beating Jamie Lewis 6–1.[41] A favourable draw saw Dolan beat Steve Beaton, Nigel Heydon and Aden Kirk to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Open for the first time, where he lost 10–4 to Terry Jenkins[42] His second title of the season and fourth in sixth months came at the fifth Players Championship where he averaged 103.66 in whitewashing Michael Smith 6–0 in the final.[43]

World Championship performances[edit]



  1. ^ "2004 World Grand Prix All Ireland Qualifiers Player Prize Money". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "2004 World Grand Prix Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Brendan Dolan 2004–2009". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "2007 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "2008 UK Open Midlands Regional Final Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "2008 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "2008 Ulster Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "2008 World Grand Prix Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "2008 World Grand Prix Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "2009 PDC World Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wade Hits Top Gear". PDC. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "2010 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "9 Darter for Brilliant Barney!". Unicorn Darts. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "2010 Players Championship Finals Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  15. ^ WGP Semi-Finals
  16. ^ "World Championship – Night Four". PDC. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Cash Converters World Cup Quarter-Finals Round-Up". PDC. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "2012 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Betfair World Matchplay – Night Three". PDC. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "2012 European Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  21. ^ " Euro Champs – Sat". PDC. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Whitlock Is European King!". PDC. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "2012 World Grand Prix Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  24. ^ " WGP Semi-Finals". PDC. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "2012 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  26. ^ "William Hill Grand Slam - Friday". PDC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  28. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  30. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Nine". PDC. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  31. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Last 16". PDC. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  32. ^ "Mighty Mike Completes Crawley Double". PDC. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  33. ^ "2013 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  34. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Fifth Round". PDC. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "First Blood To Lewis In Dublin". PDC. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  36. ^ " World Grand Prix Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  37. ^ "Superb Huybrechts is Dutch Master". PDC. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "Maiden Triumph For Dolan". PDC. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  39. ^ "Dolan Claims Second Title". PDC. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  40. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Ten". PDC. 22 December 2013. 
  41. ^ "Dolan Takes Qualifier Four In Wigan". PDC. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  42. ^ "2014 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  43. ^ "Dolan Wins Second Title Of The Year". PDC. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 

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