Niels de Ruiter

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Niels de Ruiter
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Personal information
Nickname The Excellent Dude
Born (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 34)
Lelystad, Netherlands
Home town Nieuwegein
Darts information
Playing darts since 1999
Darts 25g John Part
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Enter Sandman by Metallica
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2004-2009
PDC 2017-
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2007
World Masters Last 32: 2004, 2005, 2006
World Darts Trophy Quarter Final: 2006
Int. Darts League Quarter Final: 2005
Zuiderduin Masters Last 24 Group: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand Slam Group Stages 2007, 2008

Niels de Ruiter (born January 21, 1983 in Lelystad, Flevoland) is a Dutch darts player and current director of the Dutch Darts Federation.


On the darts circuit his nickname is The Excellent Dude, which is a reference from the film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He is also known for using Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' as his walk-on music, which he plays air guitar as he enters the stage.

He began playing darts in 1999, but it wasn't until 2005 de Ruiter became popular in the BDO circuit when he reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open and the Welsh Classic. De Ruiter made his World Championship debut in the 2006 Lakeside World Championship, but lost in the first round to Shaun Greatbatch. De Ruiter was runner-up to Welshman Mark Webster in the 2006 WDF Europe Cup. In the 2007 World Championships, held at the Lakeside, De Ruiter made an excellent run by reaching the semi-finals, narrowly losing 6-4 in sets to the late Phill Nixon who would later finish runner-up to eventual champion Martin Adams. In the 2008 World Championships, De Ruiter was eliminated in the first round, losing to Englishman Glenn Moody.

De Ruiter played very few tournaments during early stages of 2008 due to vertigo and quit darts for three months until he came back to the game. He recovered and returned to the sport during the latter stages of the year to participate in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. De Ruiter was drawn in a tough group consisting of James Wade, Adrian Lewis and Denis Ovens. He only won a single leg during the three group matches and suffered two whitewash losses to Lewis and Ovens. De Ruiter then failed to qualify for the 2009 BDO World Darts Championship and also for the last 16 stage of the World Masters.

In 2012, De Ruiter returned to the Lakeside having failed to qualify, but having overseen a record eight Dutch players reaching the televised stages. Due to his fluent English, De Ruiter became a translator for one of these players, Christian Kist. Kist made an exceptional run by winning the tournament. De Ruiter has failed to qualify for any major tournaments since.

World Championship Results[edit]


Career finals[edit]

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2006 Europe Cup Singles England Mark Webster 3–4 (s)

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