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Jonny Clayton

Jonny Clayton
Personal information
NicknameThe Ferret
Born (1974-10-04) 4 October 1974 (age 44)
Wales
Home townPontyberem
Wales
Darts information
Playing darts since1995
Darts21 Gram Red Dragon Signature
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on musicJohnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO2008–2015
PDC2015–
Current world ranking17
BDO majors - best performances
World MastersLast 272: 2012
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'shipLast 32: 2017
World MatchplayLast 32: 2018
World Grand PrixLast 32: 2018
Grand SlamQuarter Final: 2018
European Ch'shipLast 16: 2017
UK OpenLast 32: 2018
Players Ch'ship FinalsRunner Up: 2017
World Series FinalsLast 24: 2017
Other tournament wins
WDF Europe Cup Team 2014
Worthingtons Darts Champion of Champions 2016

Players Championships

Players Championship (BAR) 2017

European Tour Events

Austrian Darts Open 2018

Jonny Clayton (born 4 October 1974) is a Welsh darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. Clayton won the 2016 Worthingtons Darts Champion of Champions. His performances on the PDC Pro Tour ensured his qualification for the 2017 World Championship for the first time. He is a plasterer by trade. His nickname is The Ferret.

Career

Clayton joined the PDC Pro Tour in 2015 after winning a Tour Card on the final day of Qualifying School.[1] His first quarter-final came at the sixth Players Championship event and he lost 6–1 to Benito van de Pas.[2] Clayton qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts later that year, but despite winning his opening match against Terry Jenkins, he went on to finish bottom of his group.[3]

Clayton's first appearance at the UK Open came at the 2016 edition, but he was defeated 6–3 by James Wilson in the second round.[4] Clayton recorded a quarter-final showing at the eighth Players Championship and reached his first semi-final at the 12th event, but was whitewashed 6–0 by Gary Anderson.[5] A 2–0 victory over Tony Darlow saw Clayton claim the non-ranking Worthingtons Darts Champion of Champions title.[6] He lost 6–3 to Darren Webster in round one of the Players Championship Finals.[7]

Clayton made his PDC World Championship debut in the 2017 event, and came from a set down to beat fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price 3–1 in the first round.[8] He lost 4–1 to Ian White in the second round.[9] Clayton won his first PDC ranking title with Players Championship 22 after beating James Wilson 6-1 in the final.[10]

Clayton got to his first PDC major final at the 2017 Players Championship Finals. He beat Jeffrey de Graaf, Price, Stephen Bunting, Steve Beaton and number 1 seed Rob Cross, before losing out to Michael van Gerwen.[11]

His run to the final saw him break into the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit, meaning that he was a seed at the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship, where he was eliminated by fellow countryman Jamie Lewis.[12]

World Championship performances

PDC

Career finals

PDC major finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1] Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2017 Players Championship Finals Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2–11 (l) [13]
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
PDC World Championship DNQ 2R 1R
UK Open 1R 2R 3R 4R
World Matchplay Did not qualify 1R
World Grand Prix Did not qualify 1R
European Championship DNQ 2R 1R
Grand Slam of Darts RR DNQ QF
Players Championship Finals DNQ 1R F
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

  1. ^ "PDC Qualifying School Day Four". PDC.tv. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Mighty Mike Defies Wade For Title". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  3. ^ "SINGHA Beer Grand Slam - Monday". PDC.tv. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Anderson Takes Title In Barnsley". PDC. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Worthingtons Darts Champion of Champions Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 Players Championship Finals Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  8. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Two". PDC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  9. ^ "2017 PDC World Championship Fixtures". Darts Database. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Clinical Clayton's Maiden Title". Professional Darts Corporation. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  11. ^ Allen, Dave (26 October 2017). "Minehead Treble For Unbeatable Van Gerwen". PDC. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ Allen, Dave (27 November 2017). "William Hill World Darts Championship Draw". PDC. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  13. ^ Allen, Dave (26 October 2017). "Minehead Treble For Unbeatable Van Gerwen". PDC. Retrieved 9 December 2017.

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