|Full name||Brendan Gabriel Dolan|
|Nickname||The History Maker|
|Born||2 August 1973|
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
|Home town||Belcoo, County Fermanagh|
|Playing darts since||1979|
|Walk-on music||I'm Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||34|
|BDO majors – best performances|
|World Masters||Last 192: 2003|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter Final: 2019|
|World Matchplay||Last 16: 2013, 2015, 2016|
|World Grand Prix||Runner Up: 2011|
|Grand Slam||Quarter Final: 2016|
|European Ch'ship||Semi Final: 2012|
|UK Open||Quarter Final: 2014|
|Players Ch'ship Finals||Last 16: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018|
|Masters||Last 16: 2014, 2015|
|Other tournament wins|
|Became the first darts player to hit a nine-dart finish with the double-start rule in 2011|
Brendan Gabriel Dolan (born 2 August 1973) is a professional darts player, from Northern Ireland, who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events. He is best known for becoming the first player to hit a nine-dart finish in a double to start event which he did at the 2011 World Grand Prix. Dolan lost in the final of the tournament to Phil Taylor and it is to date his only appearance in a major final. Away from the television cameras in floor events on the PDC Pro Tour he lost his first seven finals, before winning his maiden ranking title in 2013.
After two early exits in the 2003 and 2004 UK Open, his first major run came in the 2004 World Grand Prix where he earned his place through the All Ireland qualifiers, winning one of four places. He defeated fellow qualifier Mark Wilton in the first round but lost 3–1 in the second to Kevin Painter. However, he did not yet play in full complement of PDC events as he only took part in a total of four tournaments in 2005 and 2006. Dolan reached the last 32 of the 2007 UK Open, beating Bob Anderson and Darren Johnson before losing to Dennis Priestley.
In March 2008, Dolan reached his first PDC Pro Tour final, doing so in the UK Open Midlands Regional Final. He scored wins over Vincent van der Voort, Roland Scholten, Wes Newton, Colin Lloyd and Colin Osborne before losing to Phil Taylor. The result though earned Dolan £3,000, which helped him finish 16th in the UK Open rankings and enter the tournament in the third round. He defeated fellow countryman John MaGowan in the third round and then beat Adrian Lewis to reach the last 16 where he lost to Chris Thompson. Dolan won the non-ranking 2008 Ulster Open, beating Ronnie Baxter in the final. He qualified for the 2008 World Grand Prix as the highest ranked player from Northern Ireland in the PDC Order of Merit and was beaten in the first round by Jacko Barry.
Dolan qualified for the 2009 World Championship by winning one of eight places at the qualifiers in Telford. He was beaten 3–0 by number three seed James Wade in the first round. In October, he reached his second PDC Pro Tour final in Nuland, where Wade fought back from 2–0 down to defeat Dolan 6–2.
Dolan qualified for the World Championship via the Players Championship Order of Merit and won his first game at the event by defeating Tony Eccles 3–1 in the first round, but lost 4–0 in the second to Raymond van Barneveld, who hit a nine-dart finish in the match. He qualified for the Players Championship Finals for the first time but lost 6–5 to Adrian Lewis in the first round.
2011 - Dolan's Breakthrough
At the World Championship, Dolan defeated Kevin Painter 3–0 in the first round before losing 0–4 to Wes Newton in the second round.
At the World Grand Prix, Dolan defeated Wayne Jones, John Part and John Henderson to qualify for the semi-finals of the event. In his semi-final against James Wade, Dolan became the first darts player to hit a nine-dart finish with the double-start rule on television. He hit 160 to start, followed by a 180 then followed this up with treble 20, treble 17, and then the bullseye. Dolan eventually won the match 5–2 to reach the final, where his run ended with a 6–3 loss to Phil Taylor.
Dolan did not enjoy a good 2012 World Championship as he lost 0–3 in the first round to Kim Huybrechts, picking up just two legs during the match. He then represented Northern Ireland with Michael Mansell in the World Cup and together they reached the quarter-finals, where they were whitewashed by the Netherlands 0–4, having beaten Denmark in the second round. Dolan reached the last 32 of the UK Open, where he lost 8–9 to Denis Ovens. He also reached the World Matchplay for the first time and was defeated by Andy Hamilton 7–10 in the first round. At the European Championship he beat Justin Pipe and Andree Welge to set up a quarter-final meeting with Phil Taylor, who had never lost a match in the event. Dolan became the first man in 23 attempts to defeat Taylor in the tournament with a 10–6 win, at the same time breaking his own duck against the fifteen-time world champion after 14 previous losses. Dolan played Wes Newton in the semi-finals and from being 9–6 up he lost five consecutive legs to bow out 9–11.
Dolan once again produced his best form at his home tournament, the World Grand Prix in October. He comfortably beat world number four Gary Anderson, Vincent van der Voort and Justin Pipe to reach the semi-finals for the second successive year and the second successive major event. Dolan took out a 170 finish to trail 1–2 in sets against Mervyn King, but was unable to stop King from going on to win 5–2. At the Grand Slam, he finished second in Group F thanks to wins over Paul Nicholson and Barrie Bates to qualify for the last 16. Dolan played John Part and made a disastrous start to the match as he trailed 0–6 and despite only trailing at one point 6–8, he lost 6–10. After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Dolan was 21st on the Order of Merit, comfortably inside the top 32 who qualified for the Players Championship Finals. He beat James Wade 6–4 in the first round, and again fell 0–6 down in the second round against Justin Pipe, and never quite recovered as he was defeated 8–10.
Dolan lost in the second round of the 2013 World Championship 1–4 to Raymond van Barneveld. In his third World Cup and second with Michael Mansell the pair were beaten 4–5 in the last 16 by the Croatian duo of Robert Marijanović and Tonči Restović. Dolan reached the final of the second UK Open Qualifier following wins over the likes of Dave Chisnall, Ronnie Baxter and van Barneveld. He faced Michael van Gerwen and was defeated 2–6. At the UK Open itself he eliminated Matt Padgett and Colin Lloyd to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2008. He faced Phil Taylor and missed three match darts when leading 8–7. He threw first in the deciding leg but Taylor only needed 11 darts to beat Dolan 9–8. In October, Dolan came extremely close to winning his first ranking tournament as he led Adrian Lewis 3–0 in the final of the ninth Players Championship, but went on to lose 6–4. He faced Lewis again a few days later in the first round of the World Grand Prix and lost in the deciding leg of the final set. Another defeat in a final followed at the Dutch Darts Masters as he was beaten 6–3 by Kim Huybrechts despite averaging 101.52. This meant he had appeared in eight ranking finals without landing a title. However, a week later at the 13th Players Championship Dolan finally won his first PDC ranking tournament. He took advantage of a depleted field due to the top 16 on the Order of Merit all participating in the Masters to defeat world number 110 Ricky Evans 6–3 in the final. His second tournament win came later in the month at the final Players Championship of 2013 where he beat Jamie Robinson 6–1 in the final.
Dolan was outplayed by Gary Anderson in the World Championship in a 4–1 defeat. He won the fourth UK Open Qualifier by beating Jamie Lewis 6–1. A favourable draw saw Dolan beat Steve Beaton, Nigel Heydon and Aden Kirk to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Open for the first time, where he lost 10–4 to Terry Jenkins. His second title of the season and fourth in sixth months came at the fifth Players Championship where he averaged 103.66 in whitewashing Michael Smith 6–0 in the final. In June, Dolan and Mansell beat Peter Wright and Robert Thornton from Scotland in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. In the semis, Dolan edged world number one Michael van Gerwen 4–3, but Mansell lost 4–0 to Van Barneveld to send the match into a deciding doubles game in which the Dutch pair averaged an incredible 117.88 to progress with a 4–0 whitewash. Dolan won the 16th Players Championship with a 6–2 victory over Anderson at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, the same venue where he reached the final and threw a nine-dart finish in the 2011 World Grand Prix. A day later, Anderson exacted revenge by knocking Dolan out of the first round of the World Grand Prix 2–0 in sets. He missed doubles in successive legs at 8–7 up against Van Gerwen in the second round of the European Championship and was eliminated 10–8. Dolan earned a spot in the Grand Slam through the qualifier, but lost each of his group games against Wright, Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith to finish bottom of the table.
Dolan dropped just one leg as he won the first two sets of his second round match with Michael Smith at the World Championship. However, he could only win two of the next fourteen legs to be defeated 4–2, which means he has now failed to advance beyond the second round in seven appearances at the event. His first final of the year was at the fifth Players Championship event where he lost 6–5 to Adrian Lewis. Dolan and Mansell met the Netherlands' Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld for the second successive year at the World Cup, this time in the quarter-finals. Dolan lost 4–2 to Van Gerwen, but Mansell defeated Van Barneveld 4–3 meaning a doubles match was required and, just like the previous year, Northern Ireland were thrashed 4–0. Dolan eliminated Vincent van der Voort 10–6 at the World Matchplay, before losing 13–8 to James Wade in the second round. He was knocked out in the first round of the World Grand Prix, European Championship and Players Championship Finals.
Dolan once again failed to produce his best form at the World Championship in the 2016 event as he was whitewashed 3–0 by Kyle Anderson in the first round. He lost 9–6 to amateur Barry Lynn in the third round of the UK Open. Dolan partnered Daryl Gurney at the World Cup for the first time and they saw off Japan, Ireland and Canada to reach the semi-finals, where they lost both their singles matches against the English pairing of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. At the World Matchplay he beat Raymond van Barneveld 10–7, before losing 11–8 to Mervyn King. Before the World Grand Prix Dolan married his partner Teresa and then defeated Peter Wright 2–0 in the first round, but was then eliminated 3–1 by Dave Chisnall. Dolan recorded victories over Max Hopp and Martin Adams to qualify from his group at the Grand Slam behind Michael van Gerwen. He was 5–1 down to Gerwyn Price but pulled back to 5–5 and in the latter half of the contest took out finishes of 160 and 157 and squeezed through to his only quarter-final of 2016 10–9. There, he was thrashed 16–3 by Van Gerwen. Two deciding leg successes saw Dolan get to the third round of the Players Championship Finals and he lost 10–4 to Kim Huybrechts.
Dolan's quest to get past the second round of the World Championship continued as he lost at that stage in the 2017 tournament 4–0 to Jelle Klaasen. He has played in the event eight times without getting to the last 16.
Due to poor form, Dolan failed to qualify for the 2018 World Championship outright through the Pro Tour Order of Merit, but did reach the final of the PDPA Qualifier, losing to Ted Evetts, and therefore qualified for the preliminary round. There, he defeated Croatia's Alan Ljubić to set up a first round tie with Robert Thornton, which Thornton won 3-1.
Dolan's best result of the season came at Players Championship 12, where he read the semi-finals, losing to Peter Wright. An uptick in Pro Tour form saw him qualify for the 2018 Players Championship Finals, where he caused an upset by beating #1 seed Ian White in the second round before going out to his World Cup partner Daryl Gurney.
Dolan got his spot at the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship through the Pro Tour Order of Merit, and went on to have his best run at the event yet, winning in straight sets against Yuanjun Liu and Joe Cullen, then took out seeds Mervyn King and Benito van de Pas, before losing 1-5 to a rampant Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals.
In the UK Open, Dolan lost his fourth-round match to Richard North. Despite that, 2019 saw a great improvement in his form as he qualified for six European events. At Players Championship 22, Dolan won his first title in five years, beating Jermaine Wattimena in the final 8-5. He repeated the trick at PC 29, winning 8-6 against White. He also won a wild card for the Grand Slam of Darts, where he lost 1-5 to Gabriel Clemens, then beat Richard Veenstra by the same scoreline to set up a Northern Ireland decider against Gurney, which Dolan lost 2-5 to exit the tournament. His Pro Tour exploits saw him qualify for the 2019 Players Championship Finals as the #22 seed, and he beat Ross Smith in the first round before falling to Michael Smith.
Dolan has put on several fundraisers for Irish dancing in his local community to raise awareness for his chosen Charity: CWAS
World Championship performances
- 2009: First round (lost to James Wade 0–3)
- 2010: Second round (lost to Raymond van Barneveld 0–4)
- 2011: Second round (lost to Wes Newton 0–4)
- 2012: First round (lost to Kim Huybrechts 0–3)
- 2013: Second round (lost to Raymond van Barneveld 1–4)
- 2014: Second round (lost to Gary Anderson 1–4)
- 2015: Second round (lost to Michael Smith 2–4)
- 2016: First round (lost to Kyle Anderson 0–3)
- 2017: Second round (lost to Jelle Klaasen 0–4)
- 2018: First round (lost to Robert Thornton 1–3)
- 2019: Quarter-finals (lost to Nathan Aspinall 1–5)
- 2020: Second round (lost to Gary Anderson 0–3)
PDC major finals: 1 (0 titles, 1 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[N 1]|
|Runner-up||1.||2011||World Grand Prix||Phil Taylor||3–6 (s)|
- (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.
|PDC World Championship||Did not participate||DNQ||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||2R||1R||QF||2R|
|The Masters||Not held||DNQ||1R||1R||Did not qualify|
|World Matchplay||Did not participate||Did not qualify||1R||2R||1R||2R||2R||Did not qualify|
|World Grand Prix||DNP||2R||Did not play||1R||1R||1R||F||SF||1R||1R||1R||2R||Did not qualify|
|European Championship||Not held||Did not qualify||SF||1R||2R||1R||Did not qualify|
|Grand Slam of Darts||Not held||Did not qualify||RR||RR||DNQ||RR||DNQ||QF||DNQ||RR|
|Players Championship Finals||Not held||DNQ||1R||DNQ||2R||2R||2R||1R||3R||1R||3R||2R|
|Championship League||Not held||Did not qualify||RR||RR||Not held|
|Winmau World Masters||RR||No longer a BDO Player|
|Non-major televised events|
|PDC World Cup of Darts||Not held||2R||NH||QF||2R||SF||QF||SF||1R||2R||1R|
|World Series of Darts Finals||Not held||DNQ||1R||Did not qualify|
|Performance Table Legend|
|DNP||Did not play at the event||DNQ||Did not qualify for the event||NYF||Not yet founded||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament|
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals||SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|8 October 2011||James Wade||World Grand Prix||D20, 2 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T17, bullseye||£5,000|
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