Matt Clark (darts player)

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Matt Clark
Personal information
Nickname Superman
Born (1968-04-04) 4 April 1968 (age 48)
Dartford, England
Home town Walkden, Greater Manchester
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1987
Darts 22g Elvan own design
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Superman Theme by John Williams
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1996–2003
PDC 2003–
Current world ranking 86
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-Final: 1996
World Masters Last 32: 1996, 1998
World Darts Trophy Last 32: 2002
Int. Darts League Last 16 Group: 2003
Zuiderduin Masters Last 16 Group: 2000, 2001
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 2006
World Matchplay Quarter-Final: 2008
Desert Classic Last 16: 2006
UK Open Last 32: 2006
US Open/WSoD Last 32: 2007, 2009
Other tournament wins
Canadian Open 1999
Mill Rythe Darts Festival 1995
Open Holland 2008
PDC Challenge Tour 2015
PDC World Championship Qualifiers 2013

Matthew 'Matt' Clark (born 4 April 1968 in Dartford) is an English darts player who competes for the Professional Darts Corporation and formerly played for the British Darts Organisation. He uses the nickname Superman for his matches.

Darting history[edit]

Matt Clark first started playing darts at the age of 19 at his local village pub,[1] and after a few years was playing for the Kent county team. At the age of 24 he began moving towards pro darts attending the Dutch Open where he made the quarter finals of the pairs and singles competitions.Clark appeared in the BDO World Darts Championship eight successive years, reaching the quarter-finals in 1996.

He switched to the PDC in 2004 and quickly reached the top 32 in the world rankings. He made his PDC World Darts Championship debut in 2006 and reached the second round, losing to eventual champion Phil Taylor. He entered the 2007 tournament as the number 31 seed, but lost in the first round to Mick McGowan. In 2008, Clark lost in the first round to Roland Scholten. Despite losing, Clark won more legs than Scholten, Clark winning 12 to Scholten's 10. However, he gained revenge on Scholten having qualified for the 2008 World Matchplay through the Players Championship Order of Merit and defeating him 10–4 in the first round. He continued to defeat veteran Peter Manley 13–6 in an upset and reached the quarter-finals, his best performance in the competition, before being defeated by defending champion James Wade, despite checking out at 161 which was the highest checkout of that year's tournament. Prior to the Matchplay Event Matt lost 3 stone in weight which forced him to change his throwing stance.

Clark suffered a first round exit in the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship, losing to Kevin Painter in a sudden leg death which Clark missed one dart at double 12 to win.

World Championship Results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
BDO World Championship QF L32 L32 L32 L16 L16 L32 L32 No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters L32 DNP L32 L128 L64 L64 L64 No longer a BDO Member
World Darts Trophy Not held L32 DNP Not held
International Darts League Not held RR DNP Prelim Not held
PDC World Championship Non-PDC DNP L32 L64 L64 L64 L64 DNP L64 DNP
World Matchplay Non-PDC DNP L32 L32 DNP QF DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held DNP L16 DNP L32 DNP Not held
UK Open Not held DNP L64 L64 L32 L96 L64 L96 L64 L96 Prelim DNP L128 L128
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Clark's December 2006 report from Matt Clark's official website, retrieved 23 July 2008

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