|Full name||Johnny Bowles|
|Born||26 May 1967|
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
|Home town||Widnes, Lancashire|
|Playing darts since||1990|
|Darts||26 Gram Target|
|Walk-on music||Gangnam Style by Psy|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 32: 2013|
|UK Open||Last 16: 2011|
|Other tournament wins|
Johnny "John" Bowles (born 26 May 1967 from Widnes, Lancashire) is an English professional darts player who currently playing in Professional Darts Corporation events. He has twice come through Q School to play on the tour.
Bowles made his television debut at the 2011 UK Open at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton as a pub qualifier. He defeated Peter Manley, Devon Petersen, Justin Pipe and Steve Beaton before losing 4–9 to Dave Chisnall in the last 16 earning himself £4,000 in the process. That year was the furthest a pub qualifier has gone in the history of the UK Open sharing the feat with Andy Boul.
He won a two-year PDC Pro Tour card in 2012 via Q School. His best results of 2012 were last 16 defeats in the second UK Open Qualifier and the sixth Players Championship, losing to Vincent van der Voort 5–6 on both occasions. He also lost in the last 96 of the UK Open 1–4 to Nigel Heydon.
In November 2012, Bowles won six games to reach the final of the PDC World Championship qualifier, where he lost 1–5 to Stuart Kellett. However, his run to the final earned him a spot in the preliminary round in what was his first appearance at the World Championship. He beat Spain's Carlos Rodríguez by four legs to two in the preliminary round and then came from 1–2 down in sets against Jamie Caven to win 3–2. Bowles cited a 121 checkout to win the fourth set as the key to winning the match. He played fourth seed Gary Anderson in the second round and lost 3–4 in sets in an extremely close match. Bowles missed one dart at double 20 in three separate legs to reach the last 16. After the tournament Bowles was ranked world number 64. He reached his first PDC semi-final in the sixth 2013 UK Open Qualifier in April, having defeated the likes of Mervyn King (with an average of 108) and Brendan Dolan, but lost 3–6 to Kim Huybrechts. This result helped him finish 22nd on the UK Open Order of Merit to enter the competition at the third round stage, where he beat Paul Nicholson 9–5. He played Terry Temple in the next round and lost 7–9. He reached the last 16 once during the rest of the year, at the seventh Players Championship, in a run that included a 6–0 whitewash over Andy Hamilton before he lost 6–4 to Peter Wright. Bowles missed out on reaching the 2014 World Championship by just £650 on the ProTour Order of Merit.
Bowles' ranking increased by 14 places in 2013 to begin 2014 world number 50. He lost 5–1 to Dirk van Duijvenbode in the second round of the UK Open. Bowles had his best results in Players Championship events, losing in the last 16 of two events, before reaching the quarter-finals of the 19th tournament with wins over Stuart Kellett, Mervyn King, Andy Smith and Vincent van der Voort. He faced Brendan Dolan and was edged out 6–5.
Bowles lost his prize money from the 2013 World Championship on the Order of Merit at the beginning of 2015, which was largely the reason which saw him drop to world number 61, still inside the top 64 who retain their tour cards. He qualified for the 2015 German Darts Championship and beat Chris Aubrey 6–2, before losing 6–3 to Steve Beaton in the second round. Bowles played in the UK Open for the sixth successive year, but lost 5–2 to Steve Douglas in the first round. Bowles could only reach the last 16 of one tournament this year, which came at the 11th Players Championship and he was beaten 6–1 by Nigel Heydon.
Bowles was ranked 73rd on the PDC Order of Merit after the 2016 World Championship, meaning he had to enter Q School to win his place back. He was successful at the first attempt and stated that he was looking to add more consistency to his game and hoped that the darts room he had built at his house would help him do this. He failed to qualify for the 2016 UK Open, but did make the German Darts Masters and saw off Fabian Herz 6–3 in the first round, before losing 6–4 to Adrian Lewis. Bowles' best run of the year was at the 8th Players Championship event where he ousted Devon Petersen, Alan Norris and Berry van Peer in advancing to the last 16. He was beaten 6–1 by Dave Chisnall.
Bowles won through to the final round of the qualifier for the 2017 World Championship, but lost 5–0 to Kevin Simm. This was still enough to win a place in the preliminary round and he was beaten 2–0 by David Platt, losing both sets in deciding legs.
Whilst playing amateur rugby league for local club Simms Cross, Bowles suffered a serious broken arm leaving him with metal screws holding his arm together. Bowles is a builder by trade. John is famous in the darts circuit for hosting the after party at his 2 bedroom mansion in the Cotswolds. Up to 18 darts players are given invites after the final match of the PDC & the party is said to last a staggering 7 hours, with Bobby George quoted as saying, “it’s mental in there, you can breathe in one room one second and then be shelling peanuts in the next room".
World Championship results
- "John Bowles 2012". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "2012 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "World Championship PDPA Qualifier". PDC. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "Ladbrokes WDC Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Ladbrokes WDC Day Eight". PDC. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Four-Some Van Gerwen Wins Again!". PDC. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "Order of Merit on 1 January 2013". PDC. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Speedy Services UK Open - Friday". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Speedy Services UK Open - Fourth Round". PDC. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- "John Bowles 2013". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "ProTour Order of Merit". PDC. Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "2014 PDC World Championship Qualifiers". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "Order of Merit on 2 January 2014". PDC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. 7 March 2014.
- "John Bowles 2014". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Diamond Dazzles To Seal Coventry Crown". PDC. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- "Order of Merit on 5 January 2015". PDC. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "2015 PDC German Darts Championship Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- "2015 UK Open Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- "2015 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- "Order of Merit on 4 January 2016". PDC. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "Bowles Aiming For Consistency". PDC. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "John Bowles 2016". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- "German Darts Masters Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- "Coventry Win Seals Price's Second Title". PDC. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- "2016 PDC World Championship Qualifiers Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- "William Hill World Championship Day Four". PDC. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
- "Bowles arrowing in on his new goal". Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News. 17 May 2012.
- Player profile on John Bowles from Dartsdatabase