31 Jul, 2019

Dave Chisnall has been a valued member of #TeamTarget for seven years, but as he starts a new chapter of his career we would like to register our thanks for one of the most popular, talented and successful players in professional darts.

"Chizzy" joined Target at around the same time he moved to the PDC in 2011, having produced a run to the final of the BDO World Championship, and major finals would be a recurring theme in the following years.

Titles would also be a regular occurrence, and it did not take long for Chisnall to make his mark in PDC darts.

Having qualified through Q School on the first day, he hit a nine-darter in his very first event, and made his first ranking final a month later.

His immediate success on the tour saw him repeatedly reach the quarter-finals or beyond - more than a dozen times in his first year, including a run to the last eight of the UK Open and Players Championship Finals - and by November he had claimed a first ranking title.

The performance that really established Chisnall as a big-hitter in the PDC came at the World Championship, where his trademark scoring power proved too much for even Phil "The Power" Taylor, who was beaten 4-1 in the second round at Alexandra Palace.

The display would cement "Chizzy" as the PDC Newcomer of the Year at the annual awards night which followed the World Championship, and he then began to hoover up titles on the circuit.

Five ProTour events were won in 2012; two more in 2013, including a first European Tour title at the German Darts Championship - beating Peter Wright in the final with an average in excess of 106, and calling it the highlight of his career to date.

More success was to follow later in 2013, with Chisnall making his first major PDC final, at the World Grand Prix. Even though he was beaten by Phil Taylor in Dublin, "Chizzy" was now firmly established in the top eight in the world rankings, and in a short space of time had become one of the most feared players on the PDC tour.

Chisnall would come closer to Taylor in 2015, as he went all the way to the final of the Grand Slam of Darts, only being edged-out 16-13 - but it was Michael van Gerwen who defeated him in his most recent major finals in 2016, at The Masters and Players Championship Finals.

Indeed, "Chizzy" was one dart away from being the only player ever to deny Van Gerwen the top spot in the league phase of The Premier League in 2015, as had to settle for second in the standings.

For the first six years of his PDC career, Dave Chisnall either won ranking titles or made major finals in every single one of them. He has also made at least the quarter-finals of every single major PDC event, with the exception of The Champions League.

2019 has seen "Chizzy" return to winning ways on the Tour, with two more Players Championship wins as well as a second European Tour title - The Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen.

Dave Chisnall remains one of, if not the biggest 180-hitter in the world of darts, and has consistently won titles for more than half a decade in the PDC.

Target is phenomenally proud to have supported Dave and helped him succeed, and would like to wish him the very best for the future - there are so many people in the professional game who would love to see Dave finally claim his first major title; and even though he will no longer be a member of #TeamTarget, we would still be delighted for him to get the big one he deserves.

Here is what other Target players have to say about Chizzy...

"Chizzy is one of my best mates on the circuit. An amazing talent and a massive 180 scorer. He's a favourite amongst the fans and rightly so. One of the best players in the world not to have won a major, and I really hope he can win one soon." - Target's former World Champion, "The Bullet" Stephen Bunting.

"Great lad. Hits 180s for fun and just loves the game." - Target's 16-time World Champion Phil "The Power" Taylor

"Chizzy is an awesome player and such a good laugh to be around. Hopefully I'll beat him this year... so far I've lost two out of two!" - Target's World Matchplay Champion, "Voltage" Rob Cross.

Finally, everyone from #Teamtarget would like to say thanks "Chizzy", and good luck.

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