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Niels de Ruiter (born January 21, 1983 in Lelystad, Flevoland) is a former Dutch darts player and current director of the Dutch Darts Federation.

Niels de Ruiter
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Personal information
NicknameThe Excellent Dude
Born (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 36)
Lelystad, Netherlands
Home townNieuwegein
Darts information
Playing darts since1999
Darts25g John Part
Walk-on musicEnter Sandman by Metallica
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'shipSemi Final: 2007
World MastersLast 32: 2004, 2005, 2006
World Darts TrophyQuarter Final: 2006
Int. Darts LeagueQuarter Final: 2005
Finder MastersLast 24 Group: 2005, 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand SlamGroup Stages 2007, 2008
Other tournament wins
WDF Europe Cup Team2006


On the darts circuit his nickname is The Excellent Dude, which is a reference from the film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He is also known for using Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' as his walk-on music, which he plays air guitar as he enters the stage.

He began playing darts in 1999, but it wasn't until 2005 de Ruiter became popular in the BDO circuit when he reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open and the Welsh Classic. De Ruiter made his World Championship debut in the 2006 Lakeside World Championship, but lost in the first round to Shaun Greatbatch. De Ruiter was runner-up to Welshman Mark Webster in the 2006 WDF Europe Cup. In the 2007 World Championships, held at the Lakeside, De Ruiter made an excellent run by reaching the semi-finals, narrowly losing 6-4 in sets to the late Phill Nixon who would later finish runner-up to eventual champion Martin Adams. In the 2008 World Championships, De Ruiter was eliminated in the first round, losing to Englishman Glenn Moody.

De Ruiter played very few tournaments during early stages of 2008 due to vertigo and quit darts for three months until he came back to the game. He recovered and returned to the sport during the latter stages of the year to participate in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. De Ruiter was drawn in a tough group consisting of James Wade, Adrian Lewis and Denis Ovens. He only won a single leg during the three group matches and suffered two whitewash losses to Lewis and Ovens. De Ruiter then failed to qualify for the 2009 BDO World Darts Championship and also for the last 16 stage of the World Masters.

In 2012, De Ruiter returned to the Lakeside having failed to qualify, but having overseen a record eight Dutch players reaching the televised stages. Due to his fluent English, De Ruiter became a translator for one of these players, Christian Kist. Kist made an exceptional run by winning the tournament. De Ruiter has failed to qualify for any major tournaments since.

World Championship ResultsEdit


Career finalsEdit

WDF major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2006 Europe Cup Singles   Mark Webster 3–4 (s)

Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
BDO World Championship DNQ 1R SF 1R
International Darts League DNQ QF L32G L32G NH
World Darts Trophy DNQ 2R QF 1R NH
Winmau World Masters L32 L32 L32 DNP L136
Finder Darts Masters DNQ RR NH RR DNQ
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# 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

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