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Who do you think you are? Mervyn King

In another edition of our quest to chart the global professional darts players, we decided to take a look at the man who claimed the 2004 BDO World Masters title.

So, who the hell is Mervyn King?

Of course, you already know who Mervyn King is as he is a seasoned regular, but the 53-year-old from Suffolk was something of a late bloomer to the professional game not turning pro until he was 29-years of age.

Debut to win

That was in 1994 at the World Masters (a title he would go on to win) and he impressed making it to the last 32 before losing to Andy Fordham.

Two years later, King claimed his first BDO title at the 1996 French Open where he beat Leo Laurens in the final.

Biggest career win

2004 was a big year for King, he came runner up at the World Championships for the second time in three years – Lakeside – losing to Andy Fordham (yep him again) but went on to claim the a BDO major title at the World Masters beating Tony O’Shea narrowly in the final 7-6.

In 2005, the titles carried on coming for King as he claimed his second BDO major title defeating Tony O’Shea again the final to win the International Darts League.

Switch to the PDC

King was a prominent figure on the BDO, so it was a blow for the organisation to lose him to the PDC in 2007.

However, it was understandable as the PDC changed the game for professional darts players with regards to sponsors, money, and stature despite is causing much controversy at the time.

2008 proved to be a good year as he reached the final of the Champions League (losing to Phil Taylor).

Numerous PDC wins in Player Championship events have followed for King with his last taste of success coming in Barnsley in 2018.

2009 saw King’s best ever finish at the PDC World Championships as he reached the semi-final before losing to Phil Taylor (yep him again).


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