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O'Shea in 2005
|Born||9 May 1961|
Stockport, Cheshire, England
|Home town||Stockport, Cheshire, England|
|Playing darts since||1979|
|Darts||24g Target Signature|
|Walk-on music||"Hey Baby" by DJ Ötzi|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(WDF) 83 5 (13 December 2020)|
|BDO majors – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Runner Up: 2009, 2012, 2013|
|World Masters||Runner Up: 2004, 2012|
|World Darts Trophy||Runner Up: 2002|
|Int. Darts League||Runner Up: 2005|
|Finder Masters||Semi Final: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2014|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|Grand Slam||Quarter Final: 2009, 2013|
|Other tournament wins|
|BDO International Open|
Isle Of Man Open
Northern Ireland Open
WDF World Cup Singles
WDF World Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Team
|Clackmanam Open 2010|
Dutch Pentathlon 2010
Six Nations Cup 2010
Winmau Darts Dazzler Batley 2010
Tony O'Shea (born 9 May 1961)is an English professional darts player. His squat figure has resulted in the nickname "Silverback". O'Shea has reached the finals of seven British Darts Organisation (BDO) major darts tournaments, but to date has never won one. He also acts as a regular commentator for televised BDO coverage.
In 2002, O'Shea made his debut at the BDO World Championship, narrowly losing to former Masters champion Colin Monk 3–2. O'Shea returned the following year and beat former champion Ted Hankey 3–2 in the first round, before once again being beaten by Monk 3–2 – this time in the deciding leg of the deciding set. Two years thereafter he reached the semi-finals after a winning streak defeating Gary Anderson, Gary Robson and Ted Hankey before he eventually went out against Mervyn King 5–1. Later that year he had his best chance to date of winning a major title, as he led King 5–3 in the final of the Winmau World Masters before King recovered to win 6–5.
O'Shea managed to achieve a televised nine dart finish against Adrian Lewis during the International Darts League on 9 May 2007[ citation needed ] which made the tournament the first in darts history to witness two perfect legs.[ citation needed ] The occasion was made even sweeter as he was celebrating his 46th birthday.[ citation needed ]
In the 2008 World Championship, O'Shea defeated Steve Farmer in the first round, but was defeated by Winmau World Masters champion Robert Thornton in the second round.
O'Shea won the 2008 Welsh Masters, only his second tournament victory. In the 2009 BDO World Championship, O'Shea defeated Anderson in the quarter finals, his best friend Darryl Fitton in the semi final, but was once again second-best in a major final as he lost to Hankey 7–6[ citation needed ] in what Tony Green described as the best final since 1992.[ citation needed ]
O'Shea entered the 2009 Winmau World Masters as the number one seed but despite 3–0 wins over Dave Prins and eighth seed Joey ten Berge, he lost in the semi-finals to defending champion Martin Adams who successfully retained his title.[ citation needed ] O'Shea then won the WDF World Cup men's singles title with victory over ten Berge in the final, in what was arguably his most significant win to date.[ citation needed ]
O'Shea entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the number one seed.[ citation needed ] He had a tough first round against World Masters runner up Robbie Green but came through it 3–2. He then saw off Stephen Bunting 4–0 to reach his fourth Quarter Final. He managed a 5–1 victory over Robert Wagner in the Quarter finals and went on to meet Dave Chisnall in the semi-final who had beaten Fitton in the first round, former Masters champion Tony West in the second round, and defending champion Hankey in the quarter-final. O'Shea, despite taking the first two sets, was beaten 6–3 by Chisnall and saw his World Championship dream end for another year. Martin Adams went on to defeat Chisnall in the final.
O'Shea won all three group games in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, defeating Vincent van der Voort 5–1, James Wade 5–1 and Justin Pipe 5–4.[ citation needed ] He then lost 10–7 to Terry Jenkins in the second round.[ citation needed ]
In contrast in 2010 where he was world number one, O'Shea came into the 2011 BDO World Champsionship as the number eight seed[ citation needed ] and suffered a shock first round loss to Ross Smith.[ citation needed ]
O'Shea was seeded at the 2012 BDO World Championship, O'Shea put his successful run in the tournament down to his work with professional sports mind coach and hypnotherapist Stephen McKibben from Belfast.[ citation needed ] He beat Steve West in the first round, hitting a 140 checkout and 142 checkout in consecutive legs at the end of the match, before defeating Ross Montgomery in the second round. He then beat defending champion Martin Adams 5–2 in the quarter-finals, hitting a 170 checkout in the fourth set and thanked mind coach Stephen McKibben for enabling him to at last beat Martin Adams in a major tournament. O'Shea followed this up with a 6–5 victory over Dutch débutant Wesley Harms to reach his second World Championship final, where he was defeated by another Dutch débutant, Christian Kist, 7–5.
In October 2012, O'Shea reached his sixth major final at the 2012 Winmau World Masters, and was beaten by Stephen Bunting.[ citation needed ]
Tony O'Shea reached his third World Championship final in 2013 after a high quality run. He struggled badly in the final, losing to Scott Waites 7–1 with an average of 81.90.[ citation needed ] O'Shea became the first man to lose his first three BDO World Championship finals,[ citation needed ] and only the second player to lose his first three world finals in either the BDO or PDC after Peter Manley.[ citation needed ]
In 2018, he was not at the World Championships for the first time in his career.[ citation needed ]
|World Championship (0–3)|
|Winmau World Masters (0–2)|
|World Darts Trophy (0–1)|
|International Darts League (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2002||World Darts Trophy||Tony David||0–6 (s)|
|Runner-up||2.||2004||Winmau World Masters||Mervyn King||6–7 (s)|
|Runner-up||3.||2005||International Darts League||Mervyn King||11–13 (s)|
|Runner-up||4.||2009||World Championship||Ted Hankey||6–7 (s)|
|Runner-up||5.||2012||World Championship||Christian Kist||5–7 (s)|
|Runner-up||6.||2012||Winmau World Masters||Stephen Bunting||4–7 (s)|
|Runner-up||7.||2013||World Championship||Scott Waites||1–7 (s)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2009||World Cup Singles||Joey ten Berge||7–3 (l)|
|BDO World Championship||DNP||1R||2R||SF||1R||QF||1R||2R||F||SF||1R||F||F||1R||1R||1R||1R||DNQ||1R|
|Finder Darts Masters||DNP||SF||SF||QF||RR||NH||RR||SF||RR||SF||RR||QF||QF||SF||QF||RR||DNP||RR||NH|
|World Darts Trophy||Not held||F||1R||QF||1R||2R||1R||Not held|
|International Darts League||Not held||QF||RR||F||RR||SF||Not held|
|BDO World Trophy||Not held||1R||1R||2R||DNQ||2R||DNQ|
|Grand Slam of Darts||Not held||DNQ||QF||2R||RR||RR||QF||RR||DNQ|
|9 May 2007||Adrian Lewis||International Darts League||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Opel Tigra Twin Top|
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