Glen Durrant

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Glen Durrant
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Durrant in 2019
Personal information
NicknameDuzza
Born (1970-11-24) 24 November 1970 (age 49)
Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Home townMiddlesbrough
England
Darts information
Playing darts since1985
DartsGlen Durrant 24 Gram Target Signature
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"Pump It Up" by Endor
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO2004–2019
PDC2019–
Current world ranking20
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipWinner (3): 2017, 2018, 2019
World MastersWinner (2): 2015, 2016
World Darts TrophyWinner (1): 2018
Finder MastersWinner (3): 2015, 2016, 2018
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter Final: 2020
World MatchplaySemi Final: 2019
World Grand PrixSemi Final: 2019
Grand SlamSemi Final: 2019
Premier League2020
European Ch'shipLast 32: 2019
UK OpenLast 64: 2020
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 16: 2019
Other tournament wins
BDO Gold Cup2016
Belgium Open2018
British Classic2016
Denmark Masters2016, 2017
Denmark Open2015
England Classic2012, 2013, 2015
England Masters2016
England Matchplay2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
England Open2016
European Darts Open2016
Isle Of Man Classic2015
Isle Of Man Open2018
Jersey Open2012
Northern Ireland Open2013, 2014
Swedish Open2016
Welsh Open2015, 2017
Winmau Wolverhampton Classic2017
WDF Europe Cup Team2016
WDF World Cup Team2015

Players Championships

Players Championship (WIG) 2019
Players Championship (BAR) 2019
Other achievements
Lazenby Open 2014
Middlebeck Open 2014
Northumberland Open 2012
Staithes Open 2009
Teesside Open 2011
Thornaby Open 2009

Glen Durrant (born 24 November 1970 in Middlesbrough) is a professional English darts player. He currently plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. He won the BDO World Darts Championship three times consecutively from 2017 to 2019. He is also a 2-time World Masters and 3-time Finder Darts Masters champion.

Darts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Although he began playing in 1985, Durrant's first major appearance was in the 2004 Winmau World Masters, where he lost out in the early stages to Dietmar Burger.[1] He would have more success the following year however. Two consecutive 3-0 wins put him in the last 32 and this was followed by a 3-1 win over Anthony Miera, to set up a last 16 match against Martin Adams. Durrant almost pulled off a famous victory but lost out 2-3.[2]

Durrant has appeared in the PDC's UK Open on three occasions. In 2005 he won his opening match against Darren Moulsley before losing a deciding leg against Ray Cornibert in the last 64.[3] In 2009 Durrant defeated Graham Usher and John McGuirk before losing out to Terry Jenkins 1-9.[4] Durrant also qualified for the PDC's UK Open in 2012 by winning the Riley's qualifier in Middlesbrough. He drew a fellow Riley's qualifier in Stephen Bunting and lost 0-4 in the preliminary round.

2011-2014[edit]

In 2011 he made his third appearance in the Winmau World Masters. Four consecutive wins and dropping only 3 legs put him into the televised stages of the tournament, where he defeated Craig Baxter 3-2 in sets in the last 24. In the last 16 he faced 2000 world champion John Walton. A 3-1 win in sets saw an emotional Durrant set up a rematch against Martin Adams, where Adams won 3-1.[5]

Durrant came within one match of qualifying for the World Championship in 2012, but was beaten in the final round by Alan Norris who went on to reach the quarter-finals.

Durrant is a dominant force locally in his own Teesside area and has won the Teesside darts championship 3 times in the last 4 years.[6]

He threw his first competitive 9 dart finish in the England Darts Organisations Grosvenor Casino Tyneside Classic. This was part of a dramatic comeback from 0-4, to win 5-4, against England teammate Garry Thompson in the last 16.[7]

The first major International open tournament win for Durrant came in September 2012, when he recorded victories against Martin Adams, Robbie Green and Martin Atkins, amongst others, before defeating Scott Waites in the final to win the 2012 EDO England Classic and the £3000 first prize. At the same tournament he "did the double" by winning the pairs competition with his playing partner Tony Eccles and also was runner up in the inaugural EDO England Matchplay.[7] After adding the 2012 Jersey Open, Durrant retained the England Classic in 2013.[7]

Durrant made his debut at the World Championship in 2014 as a seeded player. He defeated qualifier Mike Day 3-0 in the first round before losing 4-1 to Norris.

Durrant reached the semi-finals of the Masters in 2014. He survived six match darts en route including four against Scott Mitchell in the quarter-finals (the other two were against Brian Dawson in a previous round), before losing in a deciding leg against eventual champion Martin Phillips having missed one match dart at the bullseye. Durrant then lost to Mitchell in the final of the Jersey Open, televised on Eurosport, having led 5-3 in a race to six and missed three match darts.

2015-2019[edit]

Durrant's reached the last four of the 2015 World Championship, maintaining a 90+ average in each of his first three wins over Karel Sedláček, Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton. In the semi-final, Martin Adams defeated Durrant 6-5, despite Durrant having led 5-4 and missing one match dart to win 6-4, and then leading the deciding set 2-0 in legs and missing two further match darts. The match was lauded as one of the best in the history of the tournament as Durrant averaged 99.57 to Adams` 97.92 and they hit 12 ton+ finishes between them. After the world championships Glen approached renowned sports mind coach Stephen McKibben from Northern Ireland, who was accredited with leading Scott Mitchell to world glory. He has worked with Stephen ever since and it has enabled him to win his majors and dominate the BDO world tour.

Durrant had a fine 2015 on the BDO Circuit and has picked up the English Classic, English Matchplay, Welsh Open, Denmark Open and Isle of Man classic titles, and was finalist in the Scottish Open, Isle of Man Open, English Open and British Classic. He also helped his country to win the WDF World Cup team title.

Durrant won his first major title with the 2015 World Masters title, after showing superb form throughout the tournament. He defeated the former World Matchplay champion, Larry Butler, 7-3 in the final. Glen mentioned about how much working with Stephen has changed him from a nearly man to a major winner.

His second major BDO title came in December when he won the 2015 Zuiderduin Masters, beating Martin Adams 5-2 in sets in the final and averaging 100.69.[8]

Durrant entered the 2016 World Championship as the favourite to win the tournament, and won his first two matches without dropping a set, defeating Dean Reynolds and Larry Butler. In the quarter final, the 2013 world champion and eventual winner, Scott Waites, defeated Durrant 5-4, despite Durrant leading 3-1 and 4-2 in sets and being 2-0 up in legs during the seventh set.

Durrant entered the 2017 BDO World Darts Championship as the number 1 seed and won the tournament for the first time, beating Danny Noppert in the final 7-3. Glen had a pressure filled tournament, and contacted his mind coach Stephen McKibben after a near miss against Paul Hogan. Durrant excelled in the rest of the tournament, dominating his remaining games.

Durrant experienced his most successful season to date as he reached final of every major, successfully defending the BDO World Darts Championship. Through the year he won the BDO World Trophy for the first time, lost in the final of the Winmau World Masters and won the Finder Darts Masters.

Despite being the reigning Lakeside champion. Durrant was seeded number 2 for the 2019 BDO World Darts Championship and defeated Mark McGrath, Scott Baker, Kyle McKinstry, Jim Williams and Scott Waites in the final to once again retain the championship. He is the only player since Eric Bristow to win the championship 3 years in a row.

PDC[edit]

2019-present[edit]

Durrant announced on 15 November 2018 his intentions to enter the PDC Q-School in January regardless of his performance in the BDO World Championship due to there being no penalties from the BDO, unlike previous years.[9] He lost in the last 128 round at the first two days of Q School to Darren Herewini and Vince Tipple, collecting two points on the Q School Order or Merit. Durrant did better on the third day, but lost at the final hurdle to Reece Robinson.

On Sunday 21 January, Durrant survived match darts from Matthew Dennant before going on to reach the last 32 and seal his two-year PDC Tour Card via the UK Q-School Order of Merit.

Following Gary Anderson's withdrawal from the 2019 Premier League, Durrant was selected as one of nine 'contenders' to replace him. He would play a one-off match against Daryl Gurney on night two in Glasgow which he lost 7-3.

At the second PDC Players Championship event in 2019, Durrant made his first PDC final after he beat Joe Cullen 7–4 in the Semi-Final. He hit a 170 checkout to stay in the match against Dave Chisnall, but eventually lost the final 8–7. The following week, Durrant would claim his first PDC title in just his fourth Pro Tour event, dispatching Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-3 in the final. On 18 May 2019, Durrant clinched his second PDC title at Players Championship 15 after a series of impressive performances on the day, beating Darius Labanauskas 8-1 in the final, having already dismissed World number 1 Michael van Gerwen 7-2 in the semi final. At the World Matchplay in July, Durrant advanced to the semi-finals, a run which included wins over Adrian Lewis, van Gerwen and James Wade.[10][11] He lost his semi-final 17–10 to Michael Smith.[12]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 10 (9 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (3–0)
Winmau World Masters (2–1)
Zuiderduin Masters (3–0)
BDO World Trophy (1–0)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2015 Winmau World Masters (1) United States Larry Butler 7–3 (s)
Winner 2. 2015 Zuiderduin Masters (1) England Martin Adams 5–2 (s)
Winner 3. 2016 Winmau World Masters (2) England Mark McGeeney 6–3 (s)
Winner 4. 2016 Zuiderduin Masters (2) England Jamie Hughes 5–3 (s)
Winner 5. 2017 World Darts Championship (1) Netherlands Danny Noppert 7–3 (s)
Winner 6. 2018 World Darts Championship (2) England Mark McGeeney 7–6 (s)
Winner 7. 2018 BDO World Trophy Germany Michael Unterbuchner 10–7 (l)
Runner-up 1. 2018 Winmau World Masters England Adam Smith-Neale 4–6 (s)
Winner 8. 2018 Zuiderduin Masters (3) Netherlands Richard Veenstra 5–3 (s)
Winner 9. 2019 World Darts Championship (3) England Scott Waites 7–3 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

BDO

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
BDO World Championship DNQ 2R SF QF W W W
BDO World Trophy Not held 1R QF 2R QF W PDC
Winmau World Masters Prel. 4R DNQ QF 5R 6R SF W W QF F PDC
Finder Darts Masters DNQ W W RR W PDC

PDC

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
PDC World Championship Non-PDC QF
UK Open 2R DNQ 3R DNQ Prel. DNQ 3R 4R
Premier League Non-PDC DNP
World Matchplay Non-PDC SF
World Grand Prix Non-PDC SF
European Championship Not held Non-PDC 1R
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNQ 2R QF RR SF
Players Championship Finals Not held Non-PDC 3R
Performance Table Legend
PDC As a New PDC member, no longer plays BDO events DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R 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 F lost in the final W won the tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 World Masters Results". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  2. ^ "2005 World Masters Results". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ "2005 UK Open Results". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ "2009 UK Open Results". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "2011 World Masters Results". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Home - Teesside Darts". Freewebs.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Glenn Durrant news". Archived from the original on 20 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Finder Darts Masters kampioenen, Glen Durrant, Fallon Sherrock en Justin van Tergouw | Finder Darts Masters". Findermasters.nl. 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 4 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Glen Durrant has one eye on PDC Q School ahead of Lakeside, and so do plenty more BDO stars". Metro. 11 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Glen Durrant beats Michael van Gerwen to reach World Matchplay quarter-final". Sky Sports. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  11. ^ "PDC World Matchplay: Glen Durrant beats James Wade to reach semi-finals". BBC Sport. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Frustration For Durrant After Smith Defeat". pdc.tv. 28 July 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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