Mark Walsh (darts player)

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Mark Walsh
Personal information
Nickname"Special Brew"
Born (1965-02-02) 2 February 1965 (age 56)
Watford, Herefordshire, England
Home townAbbots Langley, Herefordshire, England
Darts information
Playing darts since1995
Darts24g Target Darts Mark Walsh Range
Walk-on music"Special Brew" by Bad Manners
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO majors – best performances
World Darts TrophyLast 56: 2007
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipLast 16: 2011, 2013
World MatchplayLast 16: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
World Grand PrixLast 16: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010
Grand SlamSemi-finals: 2011
Ch'ship LeagueWinners group, Semi-finals 2008
Desert ClassicLast 16: 2005, 2008
European Ch'shipQuarter-finals: 2008, 2009, 2010
UK OpenRunner Up: 2005
US Open/WSoDQuarter-finals: 2010
Players Ch'ship FinalsQuarter-finals: 2011
Other tournament wins
Gleneagle Irish Masters 2007, 2011

Players Championships

Players Championship (BAR) 2009
Players Championship (DER) 2010
Players Championship (GER) 2009
Players Championship (MID) 2009

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

Regional Final (EMI) 2009
Regional Final (WAL) 2005
UK Open Qualifier 2010, 2010
Other achievements
Nine dart finish, Eddie Cox Memorial Players Championship 2009

Mark Walsh "Special Brew" (born 2 February 1965) is a former English professional darts player who competed in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournaments. He reached No. 6 in the PDC Order of Merit.

Walsh reached his first major televised final in 2005, when he was beaten by England's Phil Taylor in the UK Open.

Early career[edit]

Walsh made his televised debut at the 2002 World Matchplay but suffered a 10-0 whitewash at the hands of John Part.

His World Championship debut came in 2004, but he lost 0-3 to Erik Clarys in his first match. He went out to Wayne Mardle 2-4 in 2005. He won his first match at the World Championship at his third attempt in 2006. He was seeded 12th for the event, and beat Warren Parry before losing 0-4 to Dennis Smith in the next round.

Professional career[edit]


He had slipped to 16th in the world rankings for the 2007 World Championship, when he was surprisingly beaten by 19-year-old Dutch player Rico Vonck, thus continuing his poor run at the tournament. He started the year ranked 15th in the world, but had fallen to 32 by November, which put him in danger of failing to qualify for the 2008 World Championship. However, he reached the semi-final of the Ireland Open Classic in September, and won the non-ranked Gleneagle Irish Masters in early November, thus hinting at an upturn in form. He also reached the semi-finals of the PDC German Darts Championship. In the 2008 PDC World Darts Championship, Walsh defeated Adrian Gray in the first round, setting up a second-round match with Taylor. Walsh led Taylor 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before Taylor won six consecutive legs to beat him 4-3. Despite losing, Walsh stated that from suffering dartitis to pushing the greatest player in the world to the final set at the World Championship was a great victory in its own right.

Walsh continued his good form, reaching three quarter finals including the Open Holland Masters and then reached the last 32 stage of the US Open and the UK Open. He followed up with a semi final showing in the PDPA Players Championship Las Vegas and then qualified for the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic the next day. He beat Bill Davis in the first round before losing to James Wade. He then reached the second round of the 2008 World Matchplay, defeating Colin Lloyd in the opening match of the tournament but lost to Kevin McDine. He reached the second round of the World Grand Prix, beating Steve Beaton in the first round before losing to Terry Jenkins. Walsh missed out on qualifying for the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts but bounced back to reach the semi finals of the inaugural Championship League Darts, winning group eight and then placing second in the winners group, eventually losing to Mervyn King. He then reached the quarter finals of the 2008 European Darts Championship and reached the final of the PDPA Players Championship Holland 2, losing to Wade. Walsh defeated Jamie Caven 3-2 in the first round of the 2009 PDC World Championship, narrowly missing out on a nine dart finish on the way. In the second round he lost 4-2 to King. On 17 January, Walsh hit a nine-dart finish in the Eddie Cox Memorial Players Championship in Gibraltar against Caven to win the deciding leg of their first round match. Having rolled over for four Players Championships, Walsh won £1,600 for the nine-darter.[1]

Walsh won his first PDC title in two years, when he won the Coventry Players Championship on 28 March 2009 beating Taylor 6-4 in the final.[2] He added another title with his second career UK Open Regional in Derby, by winning the East Midlands region 6-5 over Raymond van Barneveld.[3]

2010 – present[edit]

Walsh was 12th seed for the 2010 World Championship, however he didn't get past the first round after losing 3-2 to former World Champion Mark Webster. Walsh qualified for the 2011 Grand Slam of Darts as the highest ranked player from the PDC Order of Merit not already invited. He progressed through Group A with victories over Tony O'Shea and Michael van Gerwen but finished second after losing to Scott Waites. He then defeated Group B winner Dean Winstanley 10-9 and former World Champion Ted Hankey 16-14 before losing out 11-16 to Gary Anderson. At the 2012 World Championship he came from a set down to defeat Warren French, 3–1 in the first round. Walsh played Kevin Painter in the Last 32 and came back from 1–3 to level the match at 3–3. He couldn't keep his momentum going, however, as he lost the deciding set by 3 legs to 0 to exit the tournament 3–4.[4] At the World Matchplay, Walsh beat Colin Osborne 10–8 in the first round, before being comprehensively beaten 4–13 by James Wade in the last 16.[5] Despite winning the first set in his first round match against Robert Thornton at the World Grand Prix, he only took one more leg and lost 1–2.[6] Walsh qualified from Group 8 of the Championship League with a 6–5 victory against Steve Beaton.[7] However, he finished bottom of the eight man Winners Group, winning just one of his seven matches.[8] Walsh was whitewashed 0–5 in his opening Group H game of the Grand Slam of Darts, but came back to defeat both Wayne Jones and Christian Kist 5–4. However, his heavy defeat and narrow wins meant that he failed to qualify for the knockout stage on leg difference.[9] After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Walsh was 23rd on the Order of Merit, inside the top 32 who qualified for the Players Championship Finals.[10] He was beaten 1–6 by Thornton in the first round.[11] Walsh reached the last 16 of the 2013 World Championship with wins over Darren Webster and Justin Pipe, but then lost to Wes Newton 1–4, having missed three darts to only trail 2–3.[12] He lost 4–5 to Lee Palfreyman in the second round of the UK Open.[13] He failed to qualify for the World Matchplay for the first time in his career and the World Grand Prix for the first time since 2007 due to falling out of the top 16 on the Order of Merit and not winning enough games through the PDC Pro Tour.[14] In October, Walsh reached the quarter-finals of a Pro Tour event for the first time in a year at the 11th Players Championship as he beat the likes of Andy Hamilton and Newton, before his run was ended with a 6–4 defeat against Robert Thornton.[15] He lost 5–0 to Robert Thornton and 5–1 to Andy Hamilton at the Grand Slam of Darts, before a consolation 5–2 victory over Justin Pipe but Walsh was already resigned to finishing bottom of the group.[16]

At the 2014 World Championship Walsh missed five darts to extend his first round match against Jarkko Komula into a final set as he lost 3–1.[17] He dropped to world number 31 after the event concluded and was defeated 9–5 by Mark Webster in the third round of the UK Open.[18][19] Walsh failed to advance beyond the last 32 of any event after this.[20] He fell to world number 41 ahead of the 2015 World Championship, outside of the top 32 who automatically qualify and could not claim a place via any other route to break a streak of 11 consecutive appearances in the event.[20][21] 2015 also marked the first UK Open not to feature Walsh (he had played in each one since its inception in 2003) after he failed to win enough matches to qualify. He did qualify for four European Tour events with two first round and two second round exits adding a total of £5,000 to his ranking.[20]

Walsh was 65th on the Order of Merit after the 2016 World Championship, just outside the top 64 who remain on tour and so entered Q School.[22] Despite losing in the final round to Vincent Kamphuis on the last day, Walsh had done more than enough to win his place back right away as he topped the Q School Order of Merit.[23] At the 10th Players Championship in July, Walsh reached his first quarter-final in over two years, but lost 6–1 to Andrew Gilding.[24] This helped him qualify for the Finals and, in what was his PDC major event since February 2014, he was edged out 6–5 by Josh Payne in the opening round.[25]


He has won six non-televised PDC titles: the Welsh Regional final of the UK Open in September 2005, the Gleneagle Irish Masters in November 2007,[26] the Coventry Players Championship and the UK Open East Midlands Regional plus two more Players Championships in Barnsley beating Jamie Caven and in Germany beating Andy Hamilton 6–5.


As of the 18th January he has not participated in any darts event.

World Championship results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

PDC major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

UK Open (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2005 UK Open England Phil Taylor 7–13 (l)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
PDC World Championship DNP 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R DNQ
World Matchplay 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R DNQ
World Grand Prix DNP 2R 2R 1R 1R DNQ 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R DNQ
UK Open NH 4R 4R F 4R 2R 4R 5R 4R 4R 2R 2R 3R DNQ 1R
Las Vegas Desert Classic DNP 2R DNQ 2R 1R Not held
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNQ SF RR RR DNQ
European Championship Not held QF DNQ QF 2R 1R DNQ
Championship League Not held SF RR RR RR RR RR Not held
Players Championship Finals Not held 1R 2R 1R QF 1R DNQ 1R DNQ
World Darts Trophy Did not participate RR Not held
Performance Table Legend
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


  1. ^ "Taylor Rocks Gibraltar!". 17 January 2009. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Walshie Cuts The Power!". 28 March 2009. Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Derby Win For Walsh". 19 April 2009. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  4. ^ "World Championship - Night Nine". PDC. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  5. ^ "2012 World Matchplay Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  6. ^ " WGP - Monday". PDC. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  7. ^ "2012 Championship of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Taylor Retains CLD Title In Style". PDC. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  9. ^ "2012 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Minehead Qualifiers Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Cash Converters PCF Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day 11". PDC. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Speedy Services UK Open - Thursday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Mark Walsh PDC Majors". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Thornton Triumphs In Killarney". PDC. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  16. ^ "2013 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  17. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Two". PDC. 14 December 2013.
  18. ^ "Order of Merit on 2 January 2014". PDC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Evening". PDC. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  20. ^ a b c "Mark Walsh 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Mark Walsh World Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  22. ^ "Order of Merit on 4 January 2016". PDC. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  23. ^ "Final PDC Tour qualifiers are confirmed in Wigan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Chisnall Wins Players Championship Ten". PDC. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  25. ^ "2016 Players Championship Finals Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  26. ^ Walsh wins Irish Masters Archived 5 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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