Dave Askew

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Dave Askew
Personal information
Nickname Diamond Dave
Born (1963-04-03) 3 April 1963 (age 53)
Redhill, Surrey, England
Home town Redhill, Surrey
Darts information
Playing darts since 1980s
Darts 19g Phil Taylor adapted
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1988-2000
PDC 2000-2011
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 16: 1995
World Masters Quarter Final: 1993
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2001, 2002
World Matchplay Last 16: 2001, 2002, 2005
World Grand Prix Quarter Final: 2001
UK Open Last 16: 2005
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2007
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Denmark Open
French Open
Windy City Open
Updated on 17 February 2008.

Dave Askew (born 3 April 1963 in Redhill, Surrey) is an English former darts player who competed in the Professional Darts Corporation. Askew is a twice semi-finalist in the PDC World Championship, both in 2001 and 2002 and on both occasions losing to eventual winner Phil Taylor.


Askew began competing in major tournaments in the late 1980s, prior to the split in the game during 1992-94. He won the Danish Open in 1988 and the French Open the following year. After the top players left the British Darts Organisation during mid-1993, Askew began to produce some more good results, reaching the final of the British Open and the quarter-finals of the Belgian Open and the Winmau World Masters, performances which secured his debut at the 1994 BDO World Darts Championship (the first year after the split) but he lost to Ian Sarfas - an Englishman who made his only World Championship appearance that year. In 1995, Askew came back from 2 sets down to beat the number one seed Steve Beaton in the first round of the World Championship before losing heavily to Raymond van Barneveld, who went on to reach his first world final that year.

After the 1995 World Championships and Scottish Open, Askew virtually disappeared off the circuit for around five years - with only a semi-final appearance at the British Open and a quarter final at the Dutch Open in 1998 of note. He then joined the Professional Darts Corporation in May 2000, and a few months later was reaching the semi finals of the 2001 World Championship. Later in 2001, he reached the final of the Irish Masters (losing to Denis Ovens). He beat Chris Mason, Roland Scholten and Dennis Priestley in another fine run to the semi-final of the 2002 World Championship. Shortly after the Worlds he reached the semi-finals of the Irish Masters again.

However, since then, Askew has failed to live up to the building potential. He made regular quarter-final and semi-final appearances at the non-televised events in 2004, but then only one quarter-final in 2005 and one in 2006 saw his world ranking steadily fall. He competed at 31 PDC tour events during 2007, with £5,475 prize money and just two quarter-final runs to show for it. He fell out of the top 32 of the rankings, which means he will have to qualify for all future televised events including the World Championship.

Askew is not a full-time professional player - he earns his living as a bricklayer.

World Championship performances[edit]



Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
BDO World Championship DNP L32 L16 DNP No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters L32 DNP L16 QF L32 DNP L32 DNP L16 DNP
PDC World Championship NYF DNP SF SF L16 L32 L32 L64 L16 L64 DNQ
World Matchplay NYF DNP L32 L16 L16 L32 L32 L16 L32 DNQ
World Grand Prix Not held DNP L24 QF L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 DNQ
UK Open Not held L64 L64 L16 L32 L96 L64 L64
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

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