Russell Stewart

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Russell Stewart
Personal information
Nickname Rusty
Born (1960-10-09) 9 October 1960 (age 55)
Manchester, England
Home town Canberra
Darts information
Darts 24g own design by PUMA Darts.
Laterality Right-handed
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1983-2002
PDC 2005-
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 16: 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995
World Masters Quarter Finals: 1985, 1988
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 64: 2009
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Australian Grand Masters
Australian Masters
Central Coast Australian Classic
DPA Australian Matchplay
Mittagong RSL Open
Oceanic Masters
Russell Stewart Classic
Scottish Open
Shoalhavens Viva Las Vegas
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2001
1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988
2008, 2012

Russell Stewart (born 9 October 1960 in Manchester) is an Australian darts player. He uses the nickname Rusty for his matches.

Playing career[edit]

Stewart was one of the most successful Australian darts players of the 1980s, Australian Singles Champion four times (1988, 1989, 1993 and 1994) also Pacific Masters Champion three times (1983,1984, 1990), winning the Australian Masters five times in six years (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and the Australian Grand Masters six times in three different decades (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2001). His only major title won on UK soil was the Scottish Open in 1983, but he twice reached the semi-finals of the MFI World Matchplay and was also a quarter-finalist at the Winmau World Masters in 1988. He came runner up to Eric Bristow MBE in then the worlds richest dart tournament the World Grand Prix - Tokyo 1988. He obtained his highest world ranking position in November 1989 at number 2 to Bob Anderson who was the number 1 ranked player.

He made his World Championship debut in 1984, but lost in the first round to Peter Locke. He competed eleven times at the BDO World Championship, but failed to progress beyond the last sixteen. Between 1985 and 1991, he suffered defeats to some of the best players of the era including to Bob Anderson in 1988 and Phil Taylor in 1990 during their world title runs.

After eight successive appearances in the world championships, he missed out in 1992 and 1993 but returned to the event in 1994 following the loss of many top players who left to form the World Darts Council. He went out to Bobby George in the first round in 1994 and to Richie Burnett in the second round in 1995 - Burnett went on to take the title.

Stewart only managed to qualify for the World Championship on one further occasion - when he suffered a first round defeat to Mervyn King in 2002.

Stewart continued to compete in darts tournaments in his native country - adding more titles to his collection. He narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2006 PDC World Darts Championship, losing in the final of the Oceanic Masters to Warren Parry.[1] and suffered a semi-final defeat to 15-year-old Mitchell Clegg the following year.[2] Stewart finally captured the Oceanic Masters in 2008 and earned qualification for the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship. It was his PDC World Championship debut and only his second appearance in any version of the World Championship in 14 years. He was beaten 3-1 in the first round by Adrian Lewis.

World Championship results[edit]



Outside darts[edit]

Stewart earns his living working for the Australian Government in Canberra. [3]


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