Painter hungry for repeat run

Having lifted the title three years ago, Kevin Painter is hungry to taste glory again in the Players Championship Finals.

The Artist claimed his first televised major in Doncaster, beating Mark Webster 13-9 in the 2011 final of the tournament that switched to Minehead 12 months later.

With the William Hill World Championship also on the horizon and memories of a first round exit in Somerset last year still relatively fresh in his mind, Painter told UK Sports Management he was ready for another memorable run.

The Unicorn Darts user also revealed the inspiration behind his eye-catching shirt that dazzled crowds at last month’s World Grand Prix.

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Kevin Painter raring to go at Players Championship after break

Having missed out on the last three majors, darts ace Kevin Painter is raring to go ahead of his return to the oche this weekend.

The Artist dazzled the Dublin crowds on the way to the quarter-finals at October’s World Grand Prix but unfortunately had to watch on as the game’s stars battled at the European Championship, Unibet Masters and Grand Slam.

With this weekend’s Players Championship rounds 19 and 20 in Coventry signalling the start of a frantic end to 2014, UK Sports Management’s Painter is hungry to make up for lost time.

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The Artist wants to make most of form

Fresh from a run to the World Grand Prix quarter-finals, Kevin Painter is hungry to seize the momentum.

The Artist – represented by UK Sports Management – beat Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis in Dublin before falling 3-2 to Gary Anderson, unable to repeat the dramatic comeback in his five-set thriller against Jackpot.

The Unicorn Darts player is back in the PDC world top 20, but is well-aware that his absence from the European Championships later this month means he faces a fight to keep his place.

Heading to the Players Championship this weekend, Quantax-backed Painter is ready to tackle head-on the challenge of transferring stage form to the floor.

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The Artist climbs into world’s top 20

Kevin Painter has returned to the PDC world top 20 following his run to the World Grand Prix quarter-finals last week.

The Artist – one of five UK Sports Management players at the doubles-away competition – returned from the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, with £15,000 having reached the final eight.

The Unicorn Darts user eased past Andy Hamilton in the opening round before battling back from two sets down to knock out two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Painter again forced a deciding set against new world number seven Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals, firing in a memorable 152 checkout to level.

Although the Scotsman edged a high-quality final set, his opponent’s achievements were enough to climb to 20th globally ahead of Steve Beaton and hot on the tails of Terry Jenkins.


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Kevin Painter at the World Grand Prix

THE 2014 World Grand Prix is being held from October 6-12 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, and Kev starts his first game in the tournament tonight, 3rd game live on Sky Sports against Andy Hamilton.

The famous event, which sees players need to both begin and end every leg with a double, sees 32 stars battling for a tournament record £400,000 in prize money at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.

Kevin spoke about tonight’s game in Dublin here, and he’ll be looking to hit those twice as important doubles tonight – remembering that it’s a double start and finish format. World Grand Prix

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 2-1 Andy Hamilton

Kevin Painter wins in Dublin

Kev gives it large as he wins through to round 2 of the Grand Prix (Pic Lustig/PDC)

First Set 3-1 – Painter takes the opening two legs before Hamilton gets off the mark in the third by taking out 32, but Painter lands a 180 in the fourth before finishing 74 on tops to wrap up the set.
Second Set 0-3 – Painter’s starting doubles desert him as Hamilton take the opening two legs on double four and double 16, and the Stoke ace then opens leg three with a 152 score and takes the set on double eight without his opponent having a dart at a finishing double.
Third Set 3-0 – Hamilton misses the bull to finish 170 and is also unable to land two further doubles as Painter steps in to finish 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination to take the opening leg. He then defies a 174 from Hamilton by taking out double 16 to maintain his flawless record at finishing doubles – at 5/5 from the game – before sealing victory in the next leg, missing double 16 for a 152 checkout but returning – following a 180 from his opponent – to hit the bed at the second time of asking.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-2 Adrian Lewis

First Set 2-3 – Painter holds throw to win two of the first three legs with throw, with Lewis firing in a 180 in the second and another maximum in leg four, which he takes with a 106 checkout before breaking to win the set in the decider by landing double four.
Second Set 2-3 – The second set also goes all the way, with Lewis hitting a 180 and tops in the opener before Painter lands a maximum as he levels on double ten. Lewis kicks off the third with a 160 score before finishing another 106 checkout – only to miss nine starting doubles in the fourth as Painter posts tops to send the set into a fifth leg, only to be left waiting on 60 as Lewis follows a 180 by finishing 142 on double 11 to snatch the set from under his nose.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter sweeps through the third set in superb fashion, taking out double eight before hitting back-to-back 180s in the second as he broke throw, before finishing 100 to claim the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 – Painter takes the game into a deciding set by edging a thrilling fourth set, as Lewis pays for missing one match dart. Five missed doubles from Painter in the opening leg allow Lewis in on double eight, and after Painter levels the Stoke ace kicks off leg three with 160 and 140 to move 2-1 up despite a 180 from his opponent. Painter lands a 180 in the fourth leg, and when Lewis misses the bull for a 129 finish for the match, double four from Painter sends the set into a decider as the Daventry ace scores 152 and 180 to pull clear before finishing 84 on double 18 to level the game.
Fifth Set 3-2 – Lewis finishes 100 with two double tops to lead, before Painter finishes 107 to level and then capitalises when his opponent fails to give himself a dart at a double on 84, allowing the Daventry man in on tops for a 2-1 lead. Lewis finishes a 14-darter on tops to send the game into a sudden-death leg, but Painter lands his eighth maximum of the game to pull clear before finishing tops for a 15-darter to complete a brilliant comeback.

1/4 Final:  Kevin Painter 2-3 Gary Anderson

First Set 0-3 – Anderson takes the opening set without Painter having a dart at a finishing double, taking out tops to win the first two legs – with the second featuring a 180 – before landing double five to claim the set.
Second Set 2-3 – Anderson is first to a finish, but is punished for failing to close out the leg as Painter finishes double 12 to win his first leg of the game, only for Anderson to open leg two with a 160 score before levelling on double four and move 2-1 up on tops. Painter levels with a 108 finish, but Anderson is first to a finish in the decider before finishing 68 on tops to double his advantage to two sets.
Third Set 3-1 – The pair trade the first two legs of set three, before Anderson is punished for failing to close out the third as Painter lands tops to move 2-1 and then hits double ten to wrap up the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 – Anderson lands double 19 to win the set’s opening leg, and the pair trade 180s in the enxt two legs as the Scot moves a leg away from the win. Painter takes leg four to level the set, and when Anderson scores 145 to leave 36, the Rugby-based ace takes out a stunning 152 finish to save the game, take the set and level the contest.
Fifth Set 1-3 – Anderson bounces back strongly by hitting a 180 and finishing 72 to win the opening leg before taking out 116 for a 2-0 lead. Painter hits a 180 in a 12-darter as he hits back, and follows the Scot’s 160 to open leg four by kicking off with 152 and adding a 180 – but he is only able to watch on as Anderson takes out 101 to secure his semi-final place.

Kevin Painter beats Adrian Lewis

Kevin Painter beats Adrian Lewis with a 3 set run (Pic Lustig/PDC)


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2014 Player Championships in Dublin

It’s the weekend before the World Grand Prix, and Kevin has joined the other 127 elite pro tour players in Dublin to take part in the two ‘warm up’ Pro Tour events.

All those players taking part in the televised Grand Prix next week will be looking to fine tune their game in the weekend’s games, hopefully building some confidence or final testing of any changes to set-up or throw.  Kevin always seems to play better on TV than ‘on the floor’ – the competitor in him prefers the roar of the crowd – but he’ll still be looking to play well this weekend.

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Saturday October 4, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Kyle Anderson

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Saturday October 5, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-0 Steve West
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Simon Whitlock

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Kevin Painter focused on Dublin darting double

Next week’s World Grand Prix will be on the minds of all darts’ top names at this weekend’s Players Championship rounds according to Kevin Painter.

The Artist takes to the oche in Dublin for Saturday and Sunday’s ProTour double-header before turning his attentions to the £400,000 doubles-away competition at the Citywest Hotel.

With former Betway Premier League ace Andy Hamilton awaiting him in the first round, Unicorn Darts player Painter said he was focused on a good run on the floor to ensure he hits the ground running on Monday.

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The Artist at the European Darts Trophy in Germany

THE European Darts Trophy kicks off on Friday, with the first round being held in one bumper session at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig, Germany.

The £100,000 tournament is the year’s final European Tour event, featuring 48 players competing across the weekend, and Kevin is won of those players, after he qualified for the event earlier in the year.

Kev plays on day 1, against young talent James Hubbard, and if he comes through that, he’ll face Wes Newton on Saturday.

European Darts Trophy
Friday September 19

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-5 James Hubbard

A tight game, as it goes to 5-5.. then in the decider, it also goes all the way, with Hubbard missing the bull for a 122 finish to see another match dart go begging before Painter lands double 12 to move through to face Wes Newton on Saturday afternoon.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Wes Newton

Unfortunately a few too many missed doubles against Wes, who hit 50% of his to take the game.

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The Artist in Crawley, as 2014 Season Gets Going

After what seems an age, the players of the PDC elite pro tour got back to business this weekend, with the 128 players travelling to Crawley to take part in a double header player championships event.  Kevin started the weekend seeded 21st.

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September 13 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:   Kevin Painter (21) 6-5  Brian Woods
Round 2:   Kevin Painter 6-2 Nigel Heydon
Round 3:   Adrian Lewis 6-2 Kevin Painter

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September 14 2014, K2 Centre, Crawley

Round 1:   Kevin Painter 6-3 Jason Lovett
Round 2:   John Bowles 6-3 Kevin Painter

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European Darts Grand Prix

european darts grand prix 2014It’s about time, but after the summer break, The Artist is back on the oche in the PDC tour!

THE PDC’s seventh European Tour event of 2014 will begins today with the first round of the European Darts Grand Prix at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen, with the eye-catching clash between Kevin Painter and James Wade lighting up the opening day.

The 48-player tournament will be held from September 5-7, with live online coverage through a series of bookmakers’ websites listed below as well as for LIVEPDC.TV International Pass Subscribers.

The first round sees the 32 qualifiers, who won through July’s UK Qualifier and Thursday’s European Qualifier and Host Nation Qualifiers, drawn against each other, with the 16 seeded players entering in Saturday’s second round.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 4-6 James Wade

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