If you follow darts on a regular basis, then no doubt you have come across and even watched the man known as ‘The Bronzed Adonis’.
After all, this is a man who turned professional on the BDO back in 1991 and five years later went on to claim his biggest success to date winning the 1996 BDO World Championship from Lakeside.
Welshman was Beaton’s opponent in the final that day and the Bronzed Adonis was in imperious form winning through 6-3.
Although that remains Beaton’s largest regarded success, over 25-years on the circuit is an achievement in its own right and at the age of 54, the man from Coventry is still a revered opponent to this day.
After World title success and World Masters success with the BDO, Beaton joined the cream of the crop in 2001 by switching to the more lucrative PDC.
Since then, it is safe to say Beaton has never quite managed to hit the heights he managed in the 1990’s, but that is not to say he has not been a consistent performer.
Twice Beaton has won Player Championship events on tour, at Nuland in 2009 and Wigan as recently as 2017 while his biggest win on the PDC came in 2013 at the German Darts Masters.
The Bronzed Adonis overcame Mervyn King in an epic final 6-5 in the German town of Sindelfingen and bigger things were perhaps expected after that victory.
Perhaps Beaton’s biggest frustration to date is his performance at the PDC World Championships. For a man who has been a semi-finalist at events such as the World Matchplay, Grand Slam of Darts, and the World Grand Prix, his record of never having made it past the last sixteen stage is somewhat of a disappointment.
However, it certainly does not let the man also known as ‘Marathon Man’ for his love of taking part in the 26.2-mile endurance races to keep fit as Beaton continues to be a popular figure on tour with both fans and players alike.
Beaton is showing no signs of slowing down and the PDC is all the better for it. Onwards and upwards in 2019 please Beaton.