Jamie Hughes (darts player)

Jamie Hughes (born 27 February 1986) is an professional English darts player. He competes for the Professional Darts Corporation.

Jamie Hughes
Personal information
NicknameYozza
Born (1986-02-27) 27 February 1986 (age 34)
West Bromwich, England
Home townTipton,
England
Darts information
Playing darts since1996
DartsJamie 'Yozza' Hughes Red Dragon 26g
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO2007–2018
PDC2018–
Current world ranking42
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipSemi Final: 2016, 2017
World MastersRunner Up: 2014
World Darts TrophySemi Final: 2016
Finder MastersWinner (1): 2014
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipLast 96: 2020
World MatchplayLast 32: 2019
World Grand PrixLast 32: 2019
Grand SlamLast 16: 2016
European Ch'shipLast 32: 2019
UK OpenQuarter Final: 2020
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 32: 2019
Other tournament wins
Antwerp Open2014
British Classic2017
British Pentathlon2015
Gwynedd Open2013
Isle Of Man Classic2017
Jersey Classic2015
PDC Challenge Tour England2018
Romanian Classic2015, 2016
Swedish Open2015
WDF Europe Cup Team2016
WDF World Cup Team2015

European Tour Events

Czech Darts Open 2019

CareerEdit

2014–2015Edit

Hughes broke out in 2014 by entering the world's top ten and reaching the final of the prestigious Winmau World Masters. He defeated Alan Norris 3–2 in the quarter-finals from 2–0 down, and Martin Adams 6–5 in the semi-finals from 5–2 down, also surviving ten match darts in the ninth set. Hughes was eventually beaten 7–3 by Martin Phillips having led 2–0 and thrown for the third set. In December of that year, Hughes won the prestigious Zuiderduin Masters on his first appearance at the event, surviving six match darts in the semi-final against Tony O'Shea before beating Gary Robson 5–0 in the final, losing only three legs in the whole match.

Hughes made his World Championship debut at the 2015 BDO World Darts Championship as the number 10 seed. He beat Michel van der Horst in the first round before losing in the second round to his good friend Glen Durrant. Hughes then went onto to make the 2015 BDO World Trophy as fifth seed, however he was surprisingly beaten 7–4 by Stefaan Deprez in the last 16. Later on in the year Hughes reached the Quarter-finals of the 2015 World Masters but was surprisingly beaten by Thomas Junghans. Hughes failed to defend his previous Zuiderduin Masters finals, been knocked out of the competition in the group stage.

2016–2018Edit

Hughes was fourth seed going into the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship, beating Ross Montgomery, Madars Razma and fifth seed Wesley Harms to reach the semi finals for the first time. He was defeated 6–1 by eventual winner Scott Waites, however reaching the semi-finals meant he automatically qualified for the 2017 tournament. Hughes achieved his best ever World Trophy result when he reached the Semi-finals, where he was defeated 11–9 to eventual winner Darryl Fitton. Hughes qualified for the PDC event the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time due to his ranking. He beat Dave Chisnall and James Wilson to finish top of his group. He was beaten 10–9 by Chris Dobey in the last 16. Hughes reached the Semi-finals of the 2016 World Masters but was beaten by eventual winner Glen Durrant. In the 2016 Zuiderduin Masters he reached the final, before once again being beaten by Glen Durrant.

In the 2017 BDO World Darts Championship Hughes reached the semi-finals for the second year in a row before been beaten 6–1 by eventual winner Glen Durrant.

In the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship Hughes lost to German debutant Michael Unterbuchner 3–2 in the first round.

PDCEdit

Hughes switched to the PDC following the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship, entering the 2018 PDC Q-School.[1] He was unable to win a Tour Card, but finished 12th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, winning one event and making another semi-final. 2018 also saw Hughes make the last 32 of the UK Open, qualify for his first European Tour event, the 2018 European Darts Open, and play in the last four Players Championship events due to his Challenge Tour success. He picked up £3,500 in these tournaments, setting him up well for a return to Q-School in 2019.

A fantastic performance on the opening day in Wigan including several very high averages meant Hughes won his PDC Tour Card for the first time on the very first day of 2019 UK Q-School, beating Kirk Shepherd 5–1.

Hughes was to win his first PDC title in June, claiming the Czech Darts Open in Prague with an 8–3 win over Stephen Bunting, after knocking out the number 14 seed Simon Whitlock in the semi final, qualifying him for the World Matchplay as a result.

World Championship resultsEdit

BDOEdit

PDCEdit

Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
PDC World Championship Non-PDC 1R
UK Open DNQ PR DNQ 4R 5R QF
World Matchplay Non-PDC 1R
World Grand Prix Non-PDC 1R
Grand Slam of Darts DNP 2R RR DNQ RR
European Championship Non-PDC 1R
Players Championship Finals Non-PDC 2R
BDO World Championship DNP 2R SF SF 1R PDC
BDO World Trophy Not held DNP 2R SF 1R DNP
Winmau World Masters PR DNP L144 L272 RU QF SF L32 DNP
Zuiderduin Masters DNP W RR RU SF DNP
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BDO Exodus continues: Hughes moves to the PDC". Dartsnews. 15 January 2018.

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