Robbie Green

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Robbie Green
Personal information
NicknameKong
Born (1974-07-19) 19 July 1974 (age 45)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Home townWallasey, Merseyside
England
Darts information
Playing darts since1991
Darts21.5g CSM Gold Robbie Green and 22g Winmau Robbie Green
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"You'll Never Walk Alone" by Gerry & The Pacemakers
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO2008–2015
PDC2003–2007, 2015–
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'shipSemi Final: 2014
World MastersRunner Up: 2009
Int. Darts LeaguePreliminary Round: 2007
Finder MastersRunner Up: 2010
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'shipLast 64: 2017
World MatchplayLast 32: 2004, 2016
World Grand PrixLast 32: 2016
Grand SlamLast 16: 2014, 2015
UK OpenQuarter Final: 2006
Players Ch'ship FinalsQuarter Final: 2016
Other tournament wins
TournamentYears
Belgium Open
Isle of Man Open
Northern Ireland Open
Scottish Open
Sunparks Masters
2012
2014
2010
2011, 2014
2011
Other achievements
2010 Birkenhead Open
2012 England National Championships
2011, 2012, 2014 Gwynedd Open
2009 Scandinavian Masters
2008 Wales National Championships
2015 WDA Merseyside Open

Robbie Green (born 19 July 1974 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English professional darts player who plays in the Professional Darts Corporation events. His nickname is Kong.

PDC career[edit]

Green made his televised debut at the 2004 UK Open, reaching the last 64 stage. The same year he qualified for the World Matchplay in Blackpool Losing in the first round to Bob Anderson. In the 2006 UK Open, he reached the quarter-finals, beating Jamie Harvey, Chris Mason, Mark Walsh and Terry Jenkins along the way. He was eventually beaten by John MaGowan.

Positive drugs test[edit]

After drugs testing was introduced to the sport in 2006, after the UK Open in what was the eighth random test in the British-based organisation by agency UK Sport, Green became the first darts player to test positive for drugs. As a result of a positive test for marijuana, he was: forced to return his £4,000 prize money from the UK Open; fined £2,000; and banned from competition for eight weeks.[1][2][3]

After his ban, during which he lost sponsorship, he returned and qualified for the International Darts League and had another UK Open campaign, but a shortage of sponsorship money forced him to play fewer tournaments during the following period.

BDO career[edit]

On 22 January 2008, Green became one of only a handful of players to switch from the PDC to the rival BDO. His first tournament with the BDO was the Scottish Open on 17 February where he reached the second round. Green returned to his Merseyside roots, after a spell playing for Cheshire and now he plays county darts for Merseyside. He followed his good form with a semi-final showing in the BDO International Open, beating Martin Adams, Gary Anderson, Martin Atkins and Ted Hankey along the way, eventually losing to England Open champion Ross Montgomery of Scotland.

In 2009, Green became an international player, having been picked to play for England. He reached the 2009 Winmau World Masters final, beating 6th seed Ross Montgomery and qualifiers Connie Finnan from Ireland and Filipino Lourence Ilagan in the televised stages. In the final Green led Martin Adams, the defending champion, by six sets to three and had a dart at double 16 for the title, but was unable to convert it and subsequently lost the next six legs in succession as Adams retained his title. Green remains one of only five players, along with Mike Gregory, Ronnie Baxter, Darryl Fitton and Mervyn King, to have lost at least one major televised darts final having had a dart at double to win. Green managed to secure qualification for the World Championship, but in the first round on the Lakeside Leisure Complex stage, he lost 3-2 to number 1 seed Tony O'Shea.

Green continued his good form the following season. On 7 March 2010 Green hit a 3 dart average of 128.82, which is one of the highest ever recorded. Reaching the final of the Zuiderduin Masters and once again missing championship darts before losing 5-4 in sets to Ross Montgomery, having led 4-0. Green's consistency led to him returning to Lakeside in 2011 as a seeded player. He comfortably defeated stand-by qualifier Andy Boulton 3-0 in the first round, but was defeated 4-1 in the second round by third seed Dean Winstanley.

He won the Scottish Open in 2011, defeating Clive Bardon 5-4 in the final. This success led to him becoming world #1 for a brief period.

At the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship, Green was the fourth seed. He beat Darryl Fitton 3-1 in the first round but was defeated 4-1 by Wesley Harms in the second round.

At the 2013 BDO World Darts Championship, Green was seeded fifth. He faced defending champion Christian Kist in the first round and beat him 3-1. He then defeated Scott Mitchell 4-1 in the second round to reach his first World Championship quarter-final, where he faced Tony O'Shea. Green won the first set and had eight darts at double to win the second, but missed and eventually lost the match 5-3 having never retaken the lead.

Despite winning no titles during 2013, Green had better success in the majors as he reached the semi-final of the Winmau World Masters, eliminating world champion Scott Waites before losing 6-3 to James Wilson. He followed this up with his best showing at the BDO World Championship, maintaining a 90+ tournament average in wins over Richie George (3-0), Gary Robson (4-1), and a 5-2 win over Tony Eccles in which he hit back-to-back checkouts of 125 and 164, to reach the semi-finals at Lakeside for the first time in his career, where he was defeated by top seed Stephen Bunting 1-6. He then won the Isle of Man tournament beating James Wilson in the final 5-1 with an incredible average of 114.65.[4]

Green made his debut at the PDC's Grand Slam of Darts in 2014 and qualified as runner-up in a tough group that included Raymond van Barneveld, Robert Thornton and Vincent van der Voort. Green lost to Barneveld but defeated Thornton in his second match and then van der Voort in the crucial third match, ending with a 170 checkout in the deciding leg. Green was defeated in the next round by eventual runner-up Dave Chisnall. Green then entered the World Championship as the 16th seed but, after high-quality wins over Darius Labanauskas and Peter Sajwani, was instilled as bookmakers' favourite for the title going into his quarter-final against Jeff Smith. However, Smith defeated Green 5-1.

PDC return[edit]

Green returned to the PDC after a seven-year absence in which Green worked as a cotton bud tester, in January 2015. At Qualifying School he was unable to automatically earn a place on any of the four days, but had done enough to finish inside the top 18 on the Order of Merit to earn a two-year PDC tour card. "it feels great to be back in the PDC. I believe with the talent I have and my persistently sweaty groin area I can become world champion within three years".[5] He qualified for the UK Open, but was thrashed 5–0 by Stuart Kellett in the first round.[6] Green had to wait until September to reach his first quarter-final back on the tour which came at the 16th Players Championship, but he lost 6–2 to Jelle Klaasen.[7] Another soon followed at the 20th event where Klaasen was again the victor, this time 6–4.[8] Green qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts by winning five matches which included 5–1 successes over Andy Hamilton and Vincent van der Voort.[9] A 5–1 victory over Martin Phillips in his final group fixture saw Green reach the last 16 of the event for the second year in a row.[10] He was 4–0 down to Robert Thornton and claimed his first leg courtesy of a 170 finish. Green was also 7–3 behind and reduced the deficit to 7–6, but went on to be defeated 10–8.[11]

Green lost 9–5 to Dirk van Duijvenbode in the third round of the 2016 UK Open.[12] His first semi-final in the PDC came at the third Players Championship where he was beaten 6–1 by Michael van Gerwen.[13] He didn't have to wait long for his second which came two days later at the fifth event and was ended 6–4 by Ian White.[14] A further quarter-final finish saw Green take the last qualification spot for the World Matchplay. It was Green's first appearance at the event in 12 years and he was defeated 10–8 by Phil Taylor.[15] He also took the final Pro Tour Order of Merit place for the World Grand Prix and won the first set against Dave Chisnall. Green threw for the match in the second set, but lost the leg and would be defeated 2–1.[16]

Green made his PDC World Championship debut at the 2017 event, but only won two legs versus Raymond van Barneveld in a 3–0 loss.[17] He got to his first semi-final for 12 months at the ninth Players Championship and was beaten 6–3 by Robert Thornton.[18] Green qualified for the Grand slam, where he beat James Wade 5-1, before losing to Phil Taylor 4-5 and 3-5 to Peter Machin. "Kong" also reached the Last 32 stage of the Players Championship Finals.

He hit a 9-darter in one of the six UK Open qualifiers at the beginning of 2018. The 2018 season was not good for the man from Wallasey due to a heavy knee injury, which had been affecting Green since he was 15 (after a football incident). Robbie picked up far too little money and was unable to qualify for any of the Major and European tour events, thus leading to a dramatic fall in the rankings - he slid all the way to world number 77. 'Kong' was unable to secure a tour card in the 2019 UK Q School.

Personal life[edit]

Has four children. Green is a big supporter of Liverpool FC.

Career finals[edit]

BDO major finals: 2 (2 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
World Masters (0–1)
Zuiderduin Masters (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 3. 2009 World Masters England Martin Adams 6–7 (s)
Runner-up 3. 2010 Zuiderduin Masters Scotland Ross Montgomery 4–5 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

World Championship results[edit]

BDO[edit]

PDC[edit]

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
PDC World Championship Did not qualify Non-PDC DNQ 1R DNQ
UK Open 3R DNQ QF 4R Did not play 2R DNP Prel. DNP 1R 3R DNQ
World Matchplay 1R Did not qualify Non-PDC DNQ 1R DNQ
World Grand Prix Did not qualify Non-PDC DNQ 1R DNQ
Grand Slam of Darts Not held Did not qualify 2R 2R DNQ RR
Players Championship Finals Not held Non-PDC DNQ QF 2R DNQ
BDO World Championship Not BDO member DNQ 1R 2R 2R QF SF QF Not BDO member
Winmau World Masters Not BDO member 5R F 4R 6R 5R SF 5R Not BDO member
Zuiderduin Masters DNP NH Did not play F RR RR RR DNP Not BDO member
BDO World Trophy Not held 1R Not BDO member
Performance timeline legend
DNP Did not play in the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green gets first darts drugs ban BBC Sport". Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ "KONG HIT WITH A DRUGS BAN". Daily Mirror. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.pdc.tv/news/article/13by83l7tt3z1x0x67ldy1wan/title/dra-statement-robbie-green
  4. ^ http://www.bdodarts.com/2484/08-03-2014/Isle_of_Man_Open_2014_Results
  5. ^ "PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. Archived from the original on 8 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 PDPA Players Championship Coventry Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  9. ^ "SINGHA Beer Grand Slam Qualifier". PDC. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  10. ^ "2015 Grand Slam Of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  11. ^ "SINGHA Beer Grand Slam - Wednesday". PDC. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  12. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Barnsley Title For van Gerwen". PDC. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  14. ^ "White's Whitewash Seals Barnsley Win". PDC. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  15. ^ "BetVictor World Matchplay Day Three". PDC. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Day Two". PDC. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  17. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Six". PDC. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Nine-Dart Van Gerwen Claims Victory". PDC. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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