|Born||12 June 1962|
|Home town||Tynewydd, Wales|
|Playing darts since||1985|
|Darts||17.5g Red Dragon Signature|
|Walk-on music||"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|PDC||2021 Q School|
|Current world ranking||(WDF) 1 3 (13 December 2020)|
|BDO majors – best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Winner (1): 2020|
|World Masters||Quarter Finals: 2018|
|World Darts Trophy||Quarter Finals: 2015|
|Finder Masters||Quarter Finals: 2018|
|PDC premier events – best performances|
|Grand Slam||Group Stage: 2019, 2020|
|Other tournament wins|
BDO Gold Cup
BDO International Open
WDF Europe Cup Team
|2014 Glamorgan Open|
Wayne Warren (born 12 June 1962) is a Welsh professional darts player who plays in events of the World Darts Federation (WDF). He is the reigning and last BDO World Darts Champion. He is the oldest player to become world champion.
Warren qualified for the 2005 BDO World Darts Championship, where he was the only Welshman in the field. He lost 3–0 in the first round to third seed Mervyn King. Warren has come close to qualifying for Lakeside on two occasions, falling two games short of qualifying for the 2008 World Championship in a loss to Mike Veitch who eventually qualified, and then falling at the same hurdle again in the qualifiers for the 2009 World Championship, losing to Robbie Green. Warren fell two games short once more of qualifying for the 2010 World Championship, losing to Irishman Martin McCloskey who eventually qualified.
Warren's best TV performance came in the 2015 BDO World Trophy, where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Madars Razma 6–4 and 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell with ease 7–2. He fell at the Last-8 stage, losing a close game with Jeff Smith 8–7.
Warren reached the quarter-final of the 2018 World Championship, beating Wesley Harms 3–1 in an impressive showing in the 1st round; in the 2nd round, after a tough start, he defeated Willem Mandigers 4–2 to set up a quarter-final match against Mark McGeeney. Warren led McGeeney 4–3 in sets and led the eighth by a break of throw, but McGeeney took the set to a deciding leg, in which Warren hit a double-one attempting to hit a single 20 that would have given him one match dart. McGeeney won the set and ultimately the match 5–4.
At the 2020 World Championship, Warren improved on his best performance by reaching the final, and beat fellow Welshman Jim Williams 7–4 to win the BDO world title. At 57, Warren was the oldest winner of either version of the world championship. His prize winning fee of £23,000 was the lowest awarded to a world champion since 1989, as a result of the BDO's financial difficulties which led to it going into liquidation later in the year. Warren is therefore the last player to win the BDO version of the world championship, and became the World Darts Federation's number one ranked player as a result of his victory.
Style of play
Fellow players and commentators have commented on Warren's smooth and relaxing throwing style.
Warren is an active player on the darts exhibition circuit.
In 2001, Warren was involved in an incident in which he was splashed with boiling chip fat – suffering 20% upper body burns which gave him heavy scarring.
World Championship performances
- 2005: 1st round (lost to Mervyn King 0–3)
- 2013: 1st round (lost to Alan Norris 1–3)
- 2018: Quarter-final (lost to Mark McGeeney 4–5)
- 2019: 2nd round (lost to Michael Unterbuchner 0–4)
- 2020: Winner (beat Jim Williams 7–4)
BDO major finals: 1 (1 title)
|World Championship (1–0)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score[N 1]|
|Winner||1.||2020||World Darts Championship||Jim Williams||7–4 (s)|
- (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.
|BDO World Championship||DNQ||1R||DNQ||1R||DNQ||QF||2R||W|
|BDO World Trophy||Not held||DNQ||QF||DNQ||1R||2R||NH|
|Winmau World Masters||1R||DNP||1R||DNP||2R||DNP||1R||3R||4R||2R||4R||2R||1R||1R||1R||QF||DNP||NH|
|Finder Darts Masters||DNP||NH||DNP||QF||NH|
|Grand Slam of Darts||NYF||DNQ||RR||RR|
|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|
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