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Vincent van der Voort
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Personal information
Nickname Fastest Player In The World
Date of birth 18 December 1975
Place of birth Purmerend, Netherlands
Home town Purmerend, Netherlands
Darts information
Playing darts since 1985
Darts 23g Master Darts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Fast Fuse by Kasabian
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2001 - 2007
PDC 2007 - present
Current world ranking 18
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter Finals, 2005
World Darts Trophy Second Round 2003-06
Int. Darts League Second Round 2004
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Third round 2009
World Matchplay Quarter Finals 2009
World Grand Prix First round 2007, 2008
Grand Slam Group stages 2007, 2008, 2009
Ch'ship League Winners group, 8th, 2008
Desert Classic First round 2007, 2009
European Ch'ship First round 2008
UK Open Runner-up 2007
Players Ch'ship Finals Second round 2009
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Danish Open 2002, 2006
Other achievements
nine dart finish, Nuland Players Championship 2009

Vincent van der Voort (born 18 December 1975 in Purmerend, Netherlands) is a professional darts player.

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Playing style

Vincent is well known for his spasmodic style and machine-gun speed of play which has gained him a reputation in both the BDO and the PDC for being one of the more erratic throwers in the darting world. This ties in with his entrance music – Fast Fuse – by English band Kasabian. This has resulted in him tending to be either right on or way off his intended target.

BDO career

His best results in British Darts Organisation events were winning the Danish Open in 2002 and 2006 and reaching the quarter finals of the BDO World Championship at Frimley Green in 2005. He is also Dutch Champion 2006.

He suffered a first round exit in the 2007 World Championship to unranked qualifier Davy Richardson. On 14 January 2007 and on the night of the 2007 World Championship Final, it was announced on Dutch television that van der Voort, along with Jelle Klaasen and Michael van Gerwen would be switching to the Professional Darts Corporation.

PDC career

Vincent produced a superb run to reach the final of the 2007 UK Open before losing in the final to countryman Raymond van Barneveld. The runner-up prize of £15,000 helped him climb up the world rankings having started placed 211 in the PDC and has now made it into the top 20. He qualified for the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic but lost in the First Round to Peter Manley.

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2008

Vincent reached the second round of the 2008 PDC World Championship. He played his fellow Dutchman Klaasen in the first round, defeating him 3-2 in sets. Adrian Lewis was his opponent in the second round and Vincent lost 2-4. The US Open saw a disappointing 2-3 first round defeat at the hands of John Kuczynski of the USA.

The Blue Square UK Open saw a return to form with Vincent making it all the way to the semi-final. He started in the fourth round with a fine 9-4 win over Colin Lloyd. This was followed up in the fifth round with another victory over Klaasen. The quarter final matched him with Chris Thompson and a 10-5 win was enough to see Vincent through to the semi-final. In the semi-final, Vincent eventually succumbed to a 10-4 defeat by James Wade who went on to win the tournament.

His Stan James World Matchplay campaign was ended at the first hurdle. Number 13 seed Alan Tabern won the encounter with a narrow 10-8 victory. The Sky Poker World Grand Prix saw Vincent playing former World number 1 Lloyd in the first round and Vincent eliminated by a score of 0-2.

Vincent won group 6 of the inaugural Championship League with a 7-2 thrashing over Mark Walsh to qualify for the Winners group. He would go on to finish bottom of the group, with only one win from his seven matches.

2009

Vincent reached the third round of the 2009 PDC World Championship. He defeated Hungary's Nándor Bezzeg 3-0 in sets and then defeated number 14 seed Colin Osborne in the second round 4-1 assisted by some superb finishes. He eventually went out to number 3 seed Wade losing 4-0 in the last 16. His results have moved him to the brink of the top sixteen, currently ranking in 17th and having passed Roland Scholten on the PDC Order of Merit, Vincent is the second-highest ranked Dutchman in the rankings, behind van Barneveld.

At the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, Vincent suffered a defeat to Anastasia Dobromyslova in the group stages, becoming only the second man in history to lose a televised match to a woman. Two days later, however, he sensationally thrashed defending champion (despite it being blatant that Taylor he allowed him to win by such a margin, due to Vincent considering leaving the sport) Phil Taylor 5-1, becoming only the second man in 2009 to beat Taylor in a televised match (the other being Mervyn King).

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