- Mark Webster (darts player)
Mark Webster Personal information Nickname Webby, The Spider Born 12 August 1983
St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales
Home town Denbigh
Darts information Playing darts since Teenager Darts 20g Winmau Mark Webster Laterality left-handed Walk-on music The Bartender and the Thief by Stereophonics Organisation (see split in darts) BDO 2006 to 2009 PDC 2009 to present Current world ranking 6 BDO majors - best performances World Ch'ship Winner 2008 World Masters Semi Finalist 2006 World Darts Trophy Quarter Finalist 2007 PDC premier events - best performances World Ch'ship 3rd Place 2010, SF 2011 World Matchplay Quarter Finalist 2011 Grand Slam Quarter Finalist 2008, 2011 Premier League 8th 2011 European Ch'ship Last 32 2011 UK Open Semi Finalist 2011 Players Ch'ship Finals Last 16 2011 Other tournament wins Tournament Years World Cup Singles
Updated on 13 January 2008.
Mark Webster (born 12 August 1983 in St Asaph) is a left-handed Welsh darts player who lives in Denbigh. Known as Webby, he plays in Professional Darts Corporation events, having previously won the 2008 BDO World Championship. Mark became a full time professional in 2009, having previously been a fully qualified Gas registered Plumber]. He is sponsored by Winmau Dartboard company and underfloor heating and plumbing specialist Uponor.
Webster made progress once he was aged 18 and could play in Local Darts Leagues in public houses in his native North Wales. He started playing for the local "Golden Lion" team like both of his parents, and still plays regularly for his pub team.
He first came to prominence in 2006, winning the 2006 WDF Europe Cup, and making the semi-finals of the 2006 Winmau World Masters. In other BDO/WDF tournaments during 2006 he won the Northern Ireland Open and reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open. However, he underperformed in the subsequent 2007 World Championship, losing on his debut to Tony Eccles 3–0 in the first round.
In May 2007, he beat Phil Taylor in the group stages on his way to the final of the International Darts League – however he lost to 9–13 to Gary Anderson. However, he added to his growing collection of titles by winning the World Cup Singles in October 2007.
Despite his lack of major television tournament wins, Webster entered the 2008 BDO World Championship as the number one seed due to his success in open events. This time around, Webster justified his status as joint-favourite for the title (alongside Anderson), as he beat Ian Jones in the first round, popular qualifier Glenn Moody in the last 16 and ninth seed Darryl Fitton in the quarter-finals. He played defending champion Martin Adams in the semi-finals, beating him 6–4 and earning a place in the final. He then beat Simon Whitlock 7–5 in the final on 13 January 2008, to become the third Welshman to win the World Championship of either organisation, after Leighton Rees and Richie Burnett.
Webster did not play in a lot of tournaments in 2008, instead choosing to remain in college in order to earn his plumbing degree. He did though retain the WDF Europe Cup, beating Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney in the final. Webster also had a great run into the quarter finals of the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. After surprisingly losing his opening group game to Colin McGarry, he went on to whitewash Michael van Gerwen 5–0 and despite losing to Mervyn King, Webster went through to the knockout stages on leg difference after McGarry failed to beat van Gerwen. Webster then demolished PDC World Champion John Part 10-2 – in a battle of the incumbent world champions – to reach the quarter finals where he lost again to King. Webster then suffered a last 16 exit in the 2008 World Masters, losing to Ross Montgomery and then went out in the group stages of the Zuiderduin Masters. Having beaten Martin Atkins, he lost to wildcard entrant Henny van der Ster who claimed the quarter final spot ahead of Webster and went on to reach the semi finals.
Webster entered the 2009 BDO World Championship as the number two seed. He defeated Dutchman Willy van de Wiel 3–0 in the first round but his title reign came to an end in the second round when he was beaten 4–0 by 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton.
With rumours persisting over a potential switch to the PDC, Webster had remained defiant that he would return to Lakeside in 2010. However, it was announced on 5 February 2009 that Webster had joined the PDC, making his debut at the double-header Players Championship events in Gladbeck at the end of February.
In his PDC debut he did not manage to earn any prize money—losing 6–1 to Ronnie Baxter in the opening round. The following day however, Webster got through to the second round of the Sunday event in Gladbeck, earning his first prize money as a PDC player.
Having started from scratch in the PDC rankings, Webster had to build up ranking points by entering the PDC Pro Tour events. His best result came at the UK Open Scottish Regional Qualifier in March when he reached the semi-final. He also managed two quarter final appearances in Players Championship Events in the East Midlands in April and Atlanta in August. By October 18 he had played in 31 Pro Tour events. His PDC Prize Money, boosted by a run to the last 16 of the UK Open had totalled £10,800 and his ranking had improved to 71.
In his debut at the PDC World Championship in 2010, Webster defeated established players including Mark Walsh, Peter Manley and Co Stompe to reach the semi-final, where he was outplayed by Taylor. Webster did, however, earn the consolation of third place via a playoff match with van Barneveld, earning an extra £20,000 in the process and entering the top 32 in the PDC rankings for the first time.
He began 2010 poorly with repeated early exits in Floor events but found form by a few quarter final appearances and by reaching consecutive semi finals in a Players Championship and UK Open Qualifier 8 in Wigan during May. This cemented his qualification for the 2010 UK Open Darts. However he was knocked out in his first match against Tony Eccles.
After the UK Open his poor floor form returned in which he failed to progress past the last 32 in any event until the 2010 World Matchplay Darts in which he knocked out seventh seed Adrian Lewis 11-9 in the first round but was beaten 13-9 by Co Stompe This earned him £7,500 towards the order of merit.
His next major event was the 2010 Championship League Darts which he qualified for due to his order of merit ranking of 29 which put him into the last group - 8. He qualified from the group stage in fourth with wins over Jelle Klaasen, Michael van Gerwen, Dennis Priestley and Denis Ovens this meant that he played group winner Co Stompe in the semi final in which he prevailed 6-3 however he was beaten 6-2 by Wayne Jones in the group final.
After this competition his floor event form sharply rose with a Victory over Richie Burnett in a Players Championship Final in Germany earning him his first ever PDC tournament victory and £6,000. This was followed soon later with a Semi final and final appearance in a weekend in Barnsley further pushing him up the order of merit.
Due to his 3rd place finish at the previous World Championship Webster qualified for the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts. Despite losing 5-2 to Wayne Jones in his first game a 5-3 win over Mark Hylton (darts player) left him with a chance to qualify however even though he beat Gary Anderson 5-3 it was not enough as he missed multiple doubles to win the match with the required scoreline of 5-1 to qualify.
Webster was the Welsh captain for the inaugural 2010 PDC World Cup of Darts in which Barrie Bates was his partner. After beating New Zealand in their first game 6-4 Webster and Bates became the surprise package of the tournament topping their group in the next stage which included wins over the Scottish pairing of Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton and the Spanish team of Carlos Rodriguez and Antonio Alcinas who had knocked out the England team consisting of world number one and two Phil Taylor and James Wade. This meant that they played the Australian team of Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in the Semi Finals. A 6-5 win for Webster over Nicholson in the opening match proved crucial as it kept them in the match after the other 3 matches were won by Australia taking the match the doubles match. They won this 6-4 which meant that the match would go to a sudden death leg to decide who went to the final. Despite Australia winning the throw for the bull and opening with a 180 from Whitlock consecutive 140's from Wales got them back in the match. Bates then held his nerve to take out a 116 to take them to the final which also went to the doubles match after Webster defeated Co Stompe and Raymond Van Barneveld back to back with an 100+ average in each match. However they lost the doubles 8-5 to finish runners up in the tournament.
He continued this good form into the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship in which he knocked out Steve Maish, number 8 seed Ronnie Baxter and Mark Hylton (darts player) in the early rounds losing only 1 set between them. On 1 January 2011 In the Quarter Final he knocked out 15 time world champion Phil Taylor in the PDC world championship. by 5 sets to 2 completing one of his greatest victories during his career and meant he reached the semi final for the second year running. He lost 6-4 to Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals, continuing the trend of players beating Taylor but going on to lose their next match when the event is televised. This earned him £50,000 and Moved him into the top 16 of the PDC rankings for the first time at number 13. He will also be competing in this years PDC Premier League Darts 2011.
His performances in Floor events during the year mean that he will make his first appearance in the 2011 Players Championship Finals playing Alan Tabern as the number 13 seed. In the 2011 premier league of darts he defeated Adrian Lewis with an average of 110.19 - the second highest ever achieved in the Premier league only betterd by Phil Taylor. He went on to have a great loss in form, receiving 8-1 batterings at the hands of James Wade and Phill Taylor keeping him last in the leaderboard.
World Championship Results
- 2007: 1st round (lost to Tony Eccles 0–3)
- 2008: Champion (beat Simon Whitlock 7–5)
- 2009: 2nd round (lost to John Walton 0–4)
- 2010: 3rd Place (beat Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 (legs)
- 2011: Semi-finalist lost to Adrian Lewis 4-6
- ^ "Bio- Mark Webster". ITV Sport. 30 October 2007. http://www.itv.com/Sport/Darts/Playerprofiles/MarkWebster/default.html. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- ^ http://connections-newswire.blogspot.com/2011/02/uponor-sinks-mark-webster-sponsorship.html
- ^ Rob Griffiths (4 January 2008). "Mark Webster ready for crack at darts title". Daily Post. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/other-sport/2008/01/04/mark-webster-ready-for-crack-at-darts-title-55578-20312900/. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- ^ Gregg Roughley (13 January 2008). "Webster claims first world title in dramatic final". The Guardian. http://sport.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2240301,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- ^ "Webster Joins PDC". pdc.tv. 5 February 2009. http://www.pdc.tv/page/NewsdeskDetail/0,,10180~1547082,00.html. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
- ^ http://www.pdc.tv/page/NewsdeskDetail/0,,10180~2333228,00.html
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