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5 Young Darts players on the rise

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The sport of darts has arguably never been more popular as the rise of the game or pastime as it used to be commonly known has coincided with the onset of more television sets in the world and the game well and truly now a global phenomena. 

The darts scene is dominated by the leading two organisations in the world the BDO and the PDC and both continue to play a role in the sport with the dominating affect of the PDC sadly beginning to overshadow the grassroots game that thrives in the BDO.

The game has been dominated in recent years by many of the stalwarts of the game such as Phil Taylor, Martin Adams and  Raymond van Barneveld. Here at The Sports Lowdown we take a look at 5 up and coming players in the game 25 years of age or under. See if you agree with our choices.

1. Keegan Brown – Age 22

The onset of the Challenger and Development Tours in the PDC have been a godsend for many darts youngsters looking to ply their trade in the game and none more so than the Isle of Wight based Keegan Brown.

Brown first started playing the game at the age of nine and soon progressed to playing at county standard. He would go onto play in Men’s county teams in his teens before in 2011 he qualified to play in the 2011 PDC Under-21 World Championships where he was knocked out by now PDC World Number One Michael van Gerwen.

With the PDC his chosed organisation, Brown next attepted to qualify for a tour card, entering qualifying school in 2012 and comfortably attaining his card. His first season was spent mainly on the youth tour as he honed his craft but some eye caching results in the main tour Players Championship events, began to get his name heard across the darts scene.

By 2014 he was the name on everybody’s lips as a future world champion and he won the PDC Under-21 World title defeating Rowby-John Rodriguez in the final and since then he has consistently qualified for many of the TV majors reaching the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts in 2014 and also making both the World Championships and World Matchplay.

Still working full-time in his day job, the level headed youngster will have a decision to make about bis future soon as he has the talent to reach the very top of the game. He enjoys the main stage of TV tournaments and looks comfortable on the oche and we expect big things from this youngster.

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About Andy Moore

Andy is Chief Editor of The Sports Lowdown and a sports journalist by profession having written for both print publications such as The Sun, The Rugby Paper as well as various online digital sites such as The Aviva Premiership, The Women's Super League plus many many more.

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