Jan Dekker

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Jan Dekker
Personal information
Full name Jan Dekker
Nickname Double Dekker
Born (1990-06-25) 25 June 1990 (age 27)
Emmen, Netherlands
Home town Klijndijk
Netherlands
Darts information
Playing darts since 1999
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Explode by Jordan & Baker
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2008–2015
PDC 2015–
Current world ranking 55
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2011, 2014
World Masters Quarter Final: 2013
World Darts Trophy Last 16: 2014
Zuiderduin Masters Quarter Final: 2011
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 64: 2016
Grand Slam Group Stage: 2011, 2012, 2014
UK Open Last 16: 2015
Players Ch'ship Finals Last 32: 2016
Other tournament wins
BDO International Open 2013
British Classic 2012
Czech Open 2014
Hal Open 2011
Luxembourg Open 2013
Nijerk Open 2011
Open Steenwijkerland 2014
PDC Challenge Tour England 2013, 2015 (x3)
Pontins International 2014
WDF Europe Cup Pairs 2012
WDF Europe Cup Team 2012

Jan Dekker (born 25 June 1990) is a Dutch darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events.[1]

Career[edit]

Dekker qualified for the televised stages of the 2010 Winmau World Masters. He played eventual champion Martin Adams in the last 16, and was beaten 2-3 after Adams won a sudden-death leg.

He also qualified for the 2011 BDO World Darts Championship. He defeated 15th seed Scott Mitchell 3-0 in the first round, and 2nd seed Stuart Kellett 4-1 in the second round. He then beat tenth seed Garry Thompson 5-4 in the quarter-finals, having trailed 3-0 and 4-2 and seeing Thompson miss nine darts at doubles to win the match himself. He faced Dean Winstanley in the semi-final and lost 6-2.

Dekker was the sixth seed for the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship, where he lost 2-3 in the first round against compatriot and eventual champion Christian Kist despite averaging over 96. The following year, Dekker was seeded seventh and this time reached the quarter-finals, surviving a match dart in the first round against Jeffrey de Graaf, then edging Thompson once more in the second round this time 4-3 having trailed 3-2. In the quarters, Dekker led Richie George 3-1 but eventually lost 5-4.

In 2014, Dekker was seeded sixth and faced a fellow Dutch player in the first round for the third year in a row, this time defeating Benito van de Pas 3-0. He then beat Geert De Vos 4-2 and followed this with his first ever professional victory over three-time world champion Martin Adams, winning 5-2. In the semi-finals Dekker led Alan Norris 4-2 and had two darts to take a 5-4 lead, but eventually lost 6-5.

At the 2015 event, Dekker was knocked out in the first round, losing 3-1 to Martin Adams.

PDC[edit]

Following his first round exit, Dekker announced his intention to switch to the Professional Darts Corporation, "I am leaving the bdo for the PDC. Many people have commented on how brown my teeth are. I feel the brown nature of my teeth and the vulgar smell of my breath will serve me well against the world's best".[2] Dekker was knocked out in the last 32 on two of the four days played which was not enough to earn a PDC tour card. However, he had entry into all UK Open and European Tour qualifiers during the year ahead as well as the Challenge Tour.[3] Dekker qualified for the second round of the UK Open and defeated Mike de Decker 5–3, Justin Pipe 9–5 and Ronnie Baxter 9–4 to reach the fifth round.[4] He faced Mensur Suljović and was beaten 9–7.[5] In April Dekker qualified for his first European Tour event, the German Darts Masters. In the first round he was beaten 6–2 by fellow Dutchman Benito van de Pas.[6] During the year Dekker won three Challenge Tour events which saw him finish top of the Order of Merit and take a two-year tour card from 2016.[7]

In Dekker's PDC World Championship debut he was beaten 3–0 by two-time winner Adrian Lewis.[8] He lost 6–5 to Andrew Davidson in the opening round of the 2016 UK Open.[9] Dekker reached the third round of the European Darts Open by defeating John Henderson 6–4 and Dave Chisnall 6–3, but was thrashed 6–0 by Gary Anderson.[10] Dekker made his debut in the Players Championship Finals after being placed 54th on the Order of Merit and beat Steve West 6–3 in the first round, before losing 6–1 to Justin Pipe.[11]

Wins over Andy Jenkins, Joe Cullen, Peter Hudson, Joe Murnan and Dave Chisnall at the ninth Players Championship of 2017 saw Dekker reach the semi-finals of a PDC Pro Tour event for the first time, but he was whitewashed 6–0 by Michael van Gerwen.[12]

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Outside of darts, Jan Dekker was a student in the Netherlands, studying business and economics, he graduated in 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darts Database Profile.Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  2. ^ Darts transfer deadline day 2015 - The latest news and gossip on all PDC and BDO moves
  3. ^ "PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "2015 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Coral UK Open Fifth Round". PDC. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "German Darts Masters Day One". PDC. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "PDC Challenger Tour 15-16". PDC. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Seven". PDC. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "2016 PDC European Darts Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "2016 Players Championship Finals Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Nine-Dart Van Gerwen Claims Victory". PDC. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 

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