The flying scotsman as he is nicknamed is one of the most famous and successful darts players in the world today. He has a cabinet full of trophies and continues to impress with his game. His trademark is the seemily effortless way in which he hits the 180 scoreline.
He is currently ranked fourth in the PDC Order of Merit. He is a former world champion having won th PDC World Championships consecutively in 2015 and 2016. Earlier in 2007, he had won the World Darts Trophy and the International Darts League.
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Gary was born in Musselburgh, Scotland in 1970 and started playing professionally in the early 2000’s by joining the British Darts Organisation(BDO). He later joined the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The former fire-place maker’s talent was evident early on as he went on to win the Welsh Open in 2001 which was just the second tournament he had participated in.
Gary is known for his high scoring gameplan. He is so good at hitting the 180 that he currently tops the charts for most 180’s in a match. This happened when he hit 22 180’s in a match against Micheal Van Gerwen in 2017. He had also recorded 19 180’s in matches against Phil Taylor and Jogn bowles in 2015 and 2013 respectively.
Watching Gary is always a fun experience.He almost always seems to hit his target. He once told The Mirror that he always to go into a game as the underdog.
His career high was between 2014 and 2016. It was during this time that he won two consequetive world championships in 2015 and 2016. Earlier in 2014, he had reached a World Masters semifinal, a feat he repeated in 2016. During this time, he also won the league in 2015.
When his younger brother and father died in 2011 and 2012 respectively, it hit him hard and he went through a low point in his carrer picking up few trophies during that period. Later, he was told that he was at risk of losing his eyesight. This dealt him a huge blow psychologically and his game deteroriated noticably. He once asked a referee whether he had hit a double! He finished bottom of the premier league on two occasions in this period.
He however got back to winning ways and now wears glasses when playing and just recently won the UK open qualifier.
Gary lives with his partner Rachel, two sons and daughter in Somerset, England. He lost his brother in 2011 and months later lost his father. He dons a cool, down to earth personality which is evident when he is on the the oche.
In 2016, he was involved in the production of the film ‘House of Flying Arrows’ where professional darts players competed in 2016 world championships. He went on to win the event.
As the game of darts continues to gain popularity, not just in the United Kingdom but also in the whole world, it is players like Gary Anderson who will be remembered for lighting up our screens with his incredible abilty to hit the 180.
He continues to illuminate the game in the PDC Premier league tournaments across the UK and beyond. This is testament to his dedication on the game, long practicing hours, and even longer hours on tour but at the end of the day, he is an excellent entertainer.
On the oche, his favourite double is the 20. He plays with the 22g Gary Anderson darts. His entrance music is ‘House of pain – Jump around’. He is sponsored by Ketrovic and managed by Tommy Gilmour. Gary is believed to have career earnings in excess of 3.2 million pounds