Peter Evison

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Peter Evison
Personal information
Nickname The Fen Tiger
Born (1964-05-27) 27 May 1964 (age 53)
Chiswick, England
Darts information
Darts peter evison b+w
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Lost In Space by Apollo 440
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1987-1993, 2008-2011
PDC 1993-2007 (Founding Member)
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter Final: 1988, 1989
World Masters Winner 1989
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Third Place: 1997
World Matchplay Winner 1996
World Grand Prix Semi Final: 2002
UK Open Last 16: 2004
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Finnish Open
French Open
German Open
Norway Open
PDC Samson Darts Classic
Swiss Open
1997, 1999
1992, 1993
1991, 1992

Updated on 22 June 2009.

Peter Evison (born 27 May 1964 in Chiswick) is a former darts player who enjoyed a long career in the game. His greatest achievements were to win the 1989 Winmau World Masters and the 1996 World Matchplay. He came close to winning the World Championship on a number of occasions.


Before appearing in a major tournament, Evison was a contestant on Bullseye. He, along with his teammate, failed however, to get to Bully's prize board. Evison later appeared on the show in which he scored 300 points on the "Pounds for points" charity round. Evison appeared on the show again in 1989, scoring 323 points in 9 darts in the "Pounds for points" round.

Evison burst on the darts scene in 1986 with a surprise victory over John Lowe in the British Professional Championship, a major televised tournament in that era.

Evison made his World Championship debut in 1988, and went on to reach the quarter-finals, before losing to the eventual champion, Bob Anderson. Evison returned to the same stage the following year, only to be defeated by Eric Bristow in a close quarter-final match. Evison avenged this defeat in the final of the prestigious Winmau World Masters later in 1989, to take the title. However, 1989 was the year of the big slump in darts' television coverage and prize money. As a result, Evison's 1989 World Masters win was not televised, and he received only half of the prize money that the 1988 World Masters champion, Bob Anderson, had received for winning the tournament the year before Evison. Evison was one of the tournament favourites to win the 1990 World Championship. However, despite hitting a 170 checkout, Evison was beaten in the first round by Jack McKenna. Evison had a dip in form at the World Championship between 1990 and 1992, failing to get to the quarter finals in any of the three, despite a first round win over John Lowe in 1991. Evison failed to qualify for the last unified World Championship in 1993.


Evison was one of the top players who left the British Darts Organisation to form the World Darts Council (now the Professional Darts Corporation, PDC). Evison reached the semi-final of the inaugural 1994 PDC World Darts Championship losing to eventual champion, Dennis Priestley.

Rod Harrington halted him in the semi-final of the 1995 PDC World Darts Championship. A quarter-final defeat followed in 1996, before he reached (and lost) his third semi-final in the 1997 PDC World Darts Championship. There was a third-placed play-off in that year and he beat Eric Bristow to finish third. Evison also got to the quarter-finals of the 1998 PDC World Darts Championship, losing to Harrington.

Evison failed to pass the first round of the 1999 World Championships, but reached the quarter-finals again in 2000 - losing this time to Peter Manley. For the next four years Evison lost in the first round as his career began to fade. He managed one preliminary round win in 2005 at Purfleet, before being badly beaten in a grudge match against Andy Jenkins. It was Evison's last appearance in the tournament.

Evison's best performances in the PDC came during the week in which he won the 1996 World Matchplay. He beat the defending champion, Phil Taylor, 8-1 in the second round, and beat Dennis Priestley 16-14 in the final to clinch the title, averaging over 100 in both matches. The defence of his title the following year ended with a quarter-final loss to Richie Burnett. He had further quarter-final appearances in 1999 and 2003, but he also suffered a humiliating 10-0 whitewash in the 2004 World Matchplay to Ronnie Baxter which was his last appearance in Blackpool.

Evison also reached the semi-final of the World Grand Prix in 2002 but lost 0-6 to Phil Taylor.

With his PDC world ranking falling rapidly, Evison was forced to qualify for all the PDC darts tournaments, which he failed to do for the World Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In 2008, it was announced that Evison was one of eight players to take part in the BetFred League of Legends alongside the likes of Bristow, Bobby George and Lowe. He would go on to reach the semi finals of the tournament. It was also announced that Evison had re-joined the BDO system, becoming one of only a handful of players to return to the BDO after switching to the rival PDC. Evison took part in the BDO International Open on 15 June 2008, receiving a bye into the second round before losing to Paul Hanvidge 3-2 in legs. He reached the last 16 of the Czech Open in November 2008.

In 2009, Evison reached the last 16 of both the Isle of Man Open and the Open Holland. He then reached the quarter finals of the Swiss Open, his best performance since returning to the BDO.

In 2012, Evison attempted to rejoin the PDC via the qualifying school. He failed to earn a tour card, but is eligible to enter the qualifiers for the UK Open and World Championship.

World Championship Results[edit]



Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1989 Winmau World Masters England Eric Bristow 3–2 (s)

PDC premier event finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1996 World Matchplay England Dennis Priestley 16–14 (l)

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1987 News of the World Championship England Mike Gregory 0–2 (l)

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
BDO World Championship DNP QF QF L32 L16 L32 DNQ No longer a BDO Member DNQ
Winmau World Masters DNP SF W DNP L16 Did not participate DNP L72 L136 L264
News of the World ??? RU ??? Not held DNP Not held
British Professional L16 QF L32 Not held
MFI World Matchplay DNP SF Not held
PDC World Championship Not yet founded SF SF QF SF QF L32 QF L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 DNQ DNP
World Matchplay Not yet founded L32 L16 W QF L32 QF L32 L32 L32 QF L32 DNQ DNP
World Grand Prix Not yet founded L16 QF L16 L32 SF L32 L32 DNQ DNP
UK Open Not held L64 L16 L128 DNQ DNP
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

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