Keegan Brown

Keegan Brown (born 5 November 1992) is an English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. He was the 2014 PDC World Youth champion and is mentored by Australian player Simon Whitlock.

Keegan Brown
Personal information
NicknameThe Needle
Born5 November 1992 (age 26)
Durham, England
Home townNewport, Isle of Wight
England
Darts information
Darts22 Grams Keegan Brown Contender
LateralityRight Handed
Walk-on music"Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC2011–
Current world ranking31
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'shipLast 16: 2018
World MatchplayLast 16: 2015
World Grand PrixLast 32: 2015
Grand SlamQuarter Final: 2014
UK OpenLast 32: 2018, 2019
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 32: 2015, 2018
Other tournament wins
PDC World Youth Championship 2014
PDC Youth Tour England 2012, 2014

Players Championships

Players Championship (COV) 2015
Other achievements
2014 PDC Young Player of the Year

2015 Breaks into the top 64 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time

2019 Breaks into the top 32 on the Order of Merit for the first time

Career

Early career

Brown began playing darts at the age of nine and was playing in men's county league games for the Isle of Wight at the age of 13.[1] He qualified for the 2011 PDC Under-21 World Championship but lost to Michael van Gerwen 4–2 in the last 64.[2]

In January 2012, Brown entered the Professional Darts Corporation's Q-School event in an attempt to earn a two-year tour card. He achieved this by finishing seventh on the Order of Merit after the four days of play, comfortably inside the top 24 who won their places.[3] He mainly concentrated his 2012 season around Youth Tour tournaments, winning the 14th event in September.[4] However, he also posted some impressive results out of the handful of main tour events he did play, most notably in the fifth and sixth Players Championships.[5] In the former he lost to Justin Pipe 6–2 in the last 16 and in the latter he defeated the likes of James Wade, Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins, before losing in the semi-finals 6–1 to Dave Chisnall.[6][7]

Brown entered 2013 ranked world number 86.[8] He lost 5–3 to Joey Palfreyman in the second round of the UK Open having beaten Keith Rooney and Shaun Griffiths in prior rounds.[9] Brown played a combination of Challenge Tour and ProTour events during the year with his deepest run on the main tour coming at the ninth Players Championship in October, which was highlighted by a second round 6–1 victory over Phil Taylor, before he was beaten 6–2 in last 16 by Mark Dudbridge.[10][11]

2014

Brown's tour card expired at the start of 2014 and with him being ranked 102nd in the world, well outside of the top 64 who retain their places, he once again entered Q School.[12][13] Brown lost in the final round on the first day 5–3 to Kyle Anderson, but a further defeat in the last 16 on the third day saw him finish tied second on the Q School Order of Merit to earn a fresh two-year tour card.[14][15] Brown was beaten 5–3 by Austria's Mensur Suljović in the second round of the 2014 UK Open.[16] In the quarter-finals of the seventh Players Championship event, Brown averaged an incredible 112.32 to beat Ben Ward 6–1, sealing his win with a 10-darter. He then defeated Peter Wright 6–5 to make his first PDC final and missed four darts for the title against Robert Thornton in a 6–5 loss.[17]

In May, he won the World Youth Championship 6–4 against Rowby-John Rodriguez at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Premier League finals night.[18] The title secured Brown a place in the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts and 2015 World Championship.[1] At the Grand Slam he lost 5–1 to Dave Chisnall in his opening group game, but then averaged 100.60 in eliminating two-time world champion Adrian Lewis 5–1 and defeated Rodriguez 5–3 to reach the last 16.[19] He faced five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld and raced into a 9–3 lead to stand just one leg away from the quarter-finals in his first televised event. However, Brown missed a total of five match darts as Van Barneveld closed the gap to 9–7, before he missed three darts in the next leg to allow Brown in to take out 122 on the bull to seal a 10–7 win.[20] He also started exceptionally well in the last eight against Dave Chisnall as he held 8–2 and 12–6 leads. However, on this occasion Brown could not hold on when his opponent began fighting back as Chisnall levelled at 14–14 and ended Brown's tournament with a 16–14 win.[21][22]

2015

Brown was drawn to face John Part in the first round of the 2015 World Championship, with the match going into a final set after Brown had led 2–0. He took it without reply to win 3–2 and advance to the second round.[23] There, five of the six sets against Adrian Lewis went to deciding legs, with Lewis getting the better of Brown in a 4–2 win.[24] He entered the top 64 on the Order of Merit for the first time afterwards, as the world number 52.[25] Brown was named the PDC's Young Player of the Year at the annual awards dinner.[26] He lost 9–2 to Nathan Derry in the third round of the UK Open.[27] Brown reached the final of the eighth Players Championship and took out a pair of 130 finishes as he averaged 111.72 in defeating Lewis 6–3 to claim his first professional title.[28]

Brown made his debut in the World Matchplay and he started very well to be 5–1 ahead of Robert Thornton and went on to win 10–7.[29] He relinquished an 8–5 advantage over Dave Chisnall in the second round as he was beaten 13–11.[30] Brown also qualified for the World Grand Prix for the first time and lost 2–1 in sets to Michael van Gerwen in the opening round.[31] He needed a win over James Wade in his final group game at the Grand Slam to advance to the second round but lost 5–2, and from 4–4 in the first round of the Players Championship Finals he lost 6–4 to Michael van Gerwen having missed leg darts in both of the last two games.[32][33]

2016

Brown could only win two legs in the first round of the 2016 World Championship during a 3–0 defeat to Peter Wright.[34] He could not win enough matches to qualify for the UK Open. His only quarter-final on the Pro Tour in 2016 was at the fifth Players Championship and he lost 6–3 to Michael van Gerwen.[35] Brown was defeated 4−3 by Aden Kirk in the final of the 11th Development Tour event.[36] He qualified for the Players Championship Finals and lost 6–5 to Ian White in the first round, missing three match darts in the process.[37] Brown could not play in his third successive World Championship as he was knocked out in the fourth round of the qualifier 5–4 by Mark Frost.[38]

2018

Brown made it through the top 16 of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship where he faced Phil Taylor. Brown stated he intended on ending Taylor's career in the match.[39] Taylor won the match comprehensively, 4–0.

2019

Brown's first major of 2019 was the UK Open, where he entered at the Last 96 because of his ranking. He defeated Nathan Derry 6-5, before beating William O'Connor 10-4 to move into the Last 32. In a tight game all the way, Keegan was eventually defeated 10-8 by Steve Beaton, who had gotten the better of Gary Anderson in the previous round.

In Players Championship 8 in March, 'The Needle' saw off Dave Chisnall, Christian Kist, Benito van de Pas, Cristo Reyes and Andy Boulton before he was defeated 7-6 by Raymond van Barneveld in his first semi-final since September 2018,

Brown qualified for the German Darts Championship by defeating Peter Hudson 6-1 and Bradley Brooks 6-5 in the UK Qualifier. In the first round, he opened up a 5-2 lead against Madars Razma, but was pegged back to 5-5. However, Brown pinned a 116 checkout in the decider to set up a tie with world number 1 Michael van Gerwen. Brown, then world number 36, produced the performance of a lifetime to defy a 108 average from the Dutch man and defeat him 6-4 with 100% on doubles. Keegan hammered James Wilson 6-0 in the Last 16 with a 98 average, before defeating Gerwyn Price 6-5 in a thriller to qualify for his first Euro Tour semi-final. His opponent was fellow unseeded player, Ricky Evans, who had gotten the better of Darren Webster in the quarter finals. This game was one step too far for Brown as he lost 7-3, but his run to the semi finals caused him to make the top 32 in the PDC Order of Merit for the first time.

Personal life

Brown is named after the footballer Kevin Keegan.[40] He works as a medical lab assistant in blood services on the Isle of Wight.[20] Brown is married to Roz.

World Championship results

PDC

Performance timeline

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
PDC World Championship DNP 2R 1R DNQ 3R 3R
UK Open 2R 2R 3R DNQ 1R 4R 5R
World Matchplay DNP 2R DNQ 1R
World Grand Prix DNP 1R DNQ
Grand Slam of Darts DNP QF 1R DNQ 1R
Players Championship Finals DNP 1R 1R 1R 2R
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

References

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External links

2014 Grand Slam of Darts

The 2014 Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts, was the eighth staging of the tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The event took place from 8–16 November 2014 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England.

Phil Taylor was the defending champion and won the title for the a sixth and final time by defeating Dave Chisnall 16–13 in the final.In his quarter-final victory over Michael van Gerwen, Belgian player Kim Huybrechts threw a nine-dart finish, only the second in the event's history, and the first ever nine-darter on TV by a Belgian player.

2014 PDC World Youth Championship

The 2014 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship was the fourth edition of the PDC World Youth Championship, a tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation for darts players aged between 16 and 21.

The knock-out stages from the last 64 to the semi-finals were played in Reading on 5 April 2014. The final took place on 22 May 2014, before the final of the 2014 Premier League Darts, which was shown live on Sky Sports.

2013 champion Michael Smith was not eligible to defend his title. Keegan Brown and Rowby-John Rodriguez contested the final at The O2 Arena, London, with Brown winning 6–4.

2015 Grand Slam of Darts

The 2015 Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts, was the ninth staging of the tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The event took take place from 7–15 November 2015 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England.Phil Taylor was the defending champion, having won his sixth Grand Slam title by defeating Dave Chisnall 16–13 in the 2014 final.The 2015 edition saw several changes in the qualification criteria due to the Grand Slam of Darts being a PDC Order of Merit ranking tournament for the first time. As a result of this, at most 20 places were filled by invitations and the remaining 12 places were open for qualification.The tournament was won by Michael van Gerwen, who had a tournament average over 100, and with this title won every current PDC major tournament at least once.Other notable things that happened in the tournament included Dave Chisnall hitting a nine-dart finish against Peter Wright in their group match, and BDO veteran Martin Adams making his first appearance at the event, after declining his invite every year since the tournament's inception in 2007.

2015 PDC World Youth Championship

The 2015 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship was the fifth edition of the PDC World Youth Championship, a tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation for darts players aged between 16 and 23.

The knock-out stages from the last 64 to the semi-finals were played in Wigan on 19 October 2015. The final took place on 29 November 2015 before the final of the 2015 Players Championship Finals, which was shown live on ITV4.

Keegan Brown was the defending champion, but he was defeated in the first round by Rowby-John Rodriguez in a repeat of the 2014 final.

The final was contested between Max Hopp and Nathan Aspinall at the Butlins Minehead Resort, Minehead, with Hopp winning 6-5.

2015 World Matchplay (darts)

The 2015 BetVictor World Matchplay was the 22nd annual staging of the World Matchplay, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament took place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from 18–26 July 2015.

Phil Taylor was the defending champion, having won the last seven editions of the event and he reached the semi-finals, where his 38-game unbeaten run came to the end against James Wade. Michael van Gerwen won his first World Matchplay title by defeating Wade 18–12 in the final.

2015 World Series of Darts Finals

The 2015 Unibet World Series of Darts Finals was the first time this event has taken place. The tournament took place in the Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, between 21–22 November 2015. It featured a field of 24 players.

Michael van Gerwen won the title by beating Peter Wright 11–10 in the final.

2017 European Darts Grand Prix

The 2017 European Darts Grand Prix was the fourth of twelve PDC European Tour events on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place at Glaspalast, Sindelfingen, Germany, between 5–7 May 2017. It featured a field of 48 players and £135,000 in prize money, with £25,000 going to the winner.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, after defeating Peter Wright 6–2 in the final of the 2016 tournament, but Wright sought revenge by defeating Van Gerwen 6–0 in the final.

2017 PDC Players Championship 1

The 2017 PDC Players Championship 1 was the first of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place in Barnsley, England on 25 February. It featured a field of 128 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner.

2017 PDC Players Championship 12

The 2017 PDC Players Championship 12 was the twelfth of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place in Milton Keynes, England on 21 May. It featured a field of 124 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner.

2017 PDC Players Championship 16

The 2017 PDC Players Championship 16 was the sixteenth of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour. The darts tournament took place in Barnsley, England on 9 July. It featured a field of 128 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner.

2017 PDC Players Championship 21

The 2017 PDC Players Championship 21 was the twenty-first of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour. The darts tournament took place in Barnsley, England on 10 October. It featured a field of 127 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner.

2018 Grand Slam of Darts

The 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts was the twelfth staging of the tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The event took place from 10–18 November 2018 in Wolverhampton, England, but for the first time in the event's history, it was not at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, as it is undergoing a two-year renovation. The 2018 tournament was held at Aldersley Leisure Village. Beginning with this tournament, the winner of the title would receive "The Eric Bristow Trophy", named after the legendary player who died in April 2018.

The tournament's defending champion was Michael van Gerwen, who won the tournament in 2017 by defeating Peter Wright 16–12 in the final to win it for a third straight year, but lost in the semi-finals to Gary Anderson by the same scoreline 16–12.

Gerwyn Price won his first PDC major title by defeating Gary Anderson 16–13, in a highly controversial final. Price also became the first Welsh player to win a PDC major title.

The DRA launched an investigation into the behaviour from both players in the final. Price was fined £21,500 for 'Bringing the sport into disrepute and gamesmanship' in the final, as well as a further £8,000 for the same offences in his Quarter-Final clash with Simon Whitlock. Price was also given a three month ban, which is suspended for 6 months. Anderson was given a formal warning for pushing Price on the oche. Dimitri Van den Bergh hit the fourth nine dart leg in Grand Slam of Darts history, in his second round match with Stephen Bunting, and for the first time in the tournament history no Englishman progressed into the quarter-final stage.

2018 PDC Players Championship 4

The 2018 PDC Players Championship 4 was the fourth of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2018 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place in Barnsley, England on 11 March 2018. It featured a field of 128 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner. It was won by Gary Anderson.

2018 PDC Players Championship 8

The 2018 PDC Players Championship 8 was the eighth of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2018 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place in Barnsley, England on 8 April 2018. It featured a field of 128 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner. The winner was Mickey Mansell.

2018 PDC Players Championship 9

The 2018 PDC Players Championship 9 was the ninth of twenty-two Players Championship events on the 2018 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place in Wigan, England on 28 April 2018. It featured a field of 128 players and £75,000 in prize money, with £10,000 going to the winner. Michael van Gerwen won the tournament.

2019 German Darts Championship

The 2019 German Darts Championship was the second of thirteen PDC European Tour events on the 2019 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place at Halle 39, Hildesheim, Germany, from 29–31 March 2019. It featured a field of 48 players and £140,000 in prize money, with £25,000 going to the winner.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion after defeating James Wilson 8–6 in the final of the 2018 tournament, but he was defeated 6–4 in the second round by Keegan Brown.

Daryl Gurney won his first European Tour title, by defeating Ricky Evans 8–6 in the final.

James Wade hit the second nine-dart finish of the 2019 European Tour season in his third round defeat to Darren Webster.

2019 World Matchplay (darts)

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay will be the 26th annual staging of the World Matchplay, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from 20–28 July 2019.

Gary Anderson is the defending champion, after defeating Mensur Suljović 21–19 after extra time in the longest final in the tournament's history.

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