6 May 1972 |
|Walk-on music||Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||148|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||First round: 2002|
|World Masters||First round: 1998|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||First round: 2006, 2010, 2011|
|European Ch'ship||Last 16: 2012|
|Other tournament wins|
GDC Ramada Hotel Koln
German Gold Cup
Germany National Championships
He made his World Championship debut in the 2002 BDO World Darts Championship where he lost in the first round 3-2 to Eric Clarys. Welge made his PDC debut in the 2006 PDC World Darts Championship, where he was defeated 3-0 by Alan Warriner-Little in the first round. Four years later, he qualified for the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship, but was beaten 3-0 by Mark Dudbridge in the first round. In the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship he was close to beating Colin Lloyd in the first round, having three matchdarts, but ultimately lost 3-2.
In June 2012, he earned a place in the European Tour Event 2 in Berlin by defeating Andy Kröckel and Matheus Ziolkowski in the Home Nation Qualifier. Welge played Paul Nicholson in the first round and lost 3–6. He again came through the Home Nation Qualifier to reach the fourth European Tour Event and played Mark Webster in the first round in Stuttgart. There he beat the former world champion 6–4, despite Webster hitting a nine-dart finish in the opening leg and leading 4–2. Welge continued his run with a 6–4 win over Brendan Dolan in round two, to set up a last 16 encounter with Raymond van Barneveld, which he lost 2–6. In a copy of this, two weeks later at the European Championship he beat Webster 6–4 in the first round and once again faced Dolan in round two. However, this time he was beaten 5–10.
Welge won the Bild Superdarter, the biggest darts event ever held in Germany with thousands of players competing in best of three leg matches. He beat Tomas Seyler in the final to win the €100,000 first prize and his place in the 2013 World Championship. Welge played Leung Chen Nam of Hong Kong in the preliminary round and lost 1–4 as he hit just 10% of his doubles, with an average of 76.70.
Welge entered 2013 ranked world number 74, outside of the top 64 who retain their places on the PDC tour. Therefore, he played in the Q School in an attempt to win a tour card for 2013 and 2014 and succeeded on the third day, defeating 2008 World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd 6–3 in his final match. He played in his second World Cup of Darts in February with Jyhan Artut and they qualified from Group F with 5–3 wins over Finland and the USA. The home nation then saw off Poland 5–2 and then played the Finnish duo of Jani Haavisto and Jarkko Komula in the quarter-finals. Artut beat Haavisto, but Welge lost to Komula 2–4 meaning that a doubles match was required to settle the tie. Germany came from 1–3 down to level at 3–3 but lost the deciding leg to exit the tournament.
World Championship results
- 2002: First round (lost to Erik Clarys 1–3)
- "German Aces Win Berlin Spots". PDC. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "German Darts Champs Day One". PDC. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- "German Darts Masters Schedule". PDC. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "German Darts Masters - Day One". PDC. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "German Darts Masters - Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "German Darts Masters Round Three". PDC. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- "PartyPoker.net Euro Champs - Thurs". PDC. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "PartyPoker.net Euro Champs - Sat". PDC. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Super Prize For Welge!". PDC. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "Ladbrokes WDC Day One". PDC. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "PDC Qualifying School Day Three". PDC. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Saturday Afternoon". PDC. Retrieved February 02, 2013.
- "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Last 16". PDC. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Betfair World Cup of Darts - Quarter-Finals". PDC. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
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