Jeffrey De Zwaan
De Zwaan in 2019
Personal information
Nickname"The Black Cobra"
Born (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 25)
Rijswijk, Netherlands
Home townLeidschendam, Netherlands
Darts information
DartsJeffrey de Zwaan Unicorn Contender 90% Tungsten 23g
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO2011–2015
PDC2015–
Current world ranking38 Decrease 1 (22 October 2021)[1]
BDO majors – best performances
World MastersLast 16: 2014
Finder MastersLast 24 Group: 2013
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipLast 16: 2020
World MatchplaySemi Final: 2018
World Grand PrixQuarter Final: 2020
Grand SlamGroup Stage: 2017
Premier LeagueChallenger: 2019, 2020
European Ch'shipQuarter Final: 2019
UK OpenLast 32: 2018
Players Ch'ship FinalsLast 16: 2020
MastersLast 24: 2021
Other tournament wins
World Youth Masters 2012
PDC Development Tour 2019

Players Championships

Players Championship (BAR) 2019
Players Championship (WIG) 2018
Other achievements
2019 Breaks into the top 32 on the Order of Merit for the first time

Jeffrey de Zwaan (born 26 March 1996) is a Dutch darts player who plays in events of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).[2][3]

Career

De Zwaan progressed through to the last 16 of the 2014 World Masters, where he lost 3–0 to Glen Durrant.[4] He won a two-year PDC Tour Card in 2015 by defeating Prakash Jiwa 5–1 in the final round.[5] He played in the German Darts Championship and saw off Devon Petersen 6–2, before being whitewashed 6–0 by Adrian Lewis in round two.[6] A last 16 showing in the final qualifier saw de Zwaan make his debut at the UK Open and he lost 5–2 to Benito van de Pas in the second round.[7] He eliminated Steve Brown, Michael Smith, Ken MacNeil and Jelle Klaasen to reach his first PDC quarter-final at the fourth Players Championship event and lost 6–3 to Lewis.[8] De Zwaan got the final European spot for the European Championship and lost 6–3 to world number one Michael van Gerwen in the opening round.[9]

De Zwaan's first year on the PDC tour saw him finish high enough on the Pro Tour Order of Merit to qualify for the 2016 World Championship and his first round match with Michael Smith went to a sudden-death leg. Smith won the bull to throw first and de Zwaan could only kick off with a 29 and was beaten 4–3.[10] He lost 6–5 in the second round of the UK Open to Alex Roy.[11] He reached the last 32 of four Players Championships and qualified for two European Tour events, but was knocked out in the first round of both.[12] De Zwaan contested the final of the 18th Development Tour event and was beaten 4–2 by Corey Cadby.[13]

In the 2018 UK Open, he drew number one seed Michael van Gerwen and won the match 10–8, ultimately ending the World Number 1's unbeaten run on an ITV Major Tournament since November 2014. Jeffrey lost 10–8 in the following round to Rileys qualifier Paul Hogan.

In April, de Zwaan made a significant step up by winning his first PDC ranking title by beating Jonny Clayton 6–5.

In the 2018 World Matchplay, he drew Michael van Gerwen in the first round and beat him again 10–6 meaning he had beat him in a major event twice in one year which was considered a huge upset due to Michael van Gerwen being the current world number 1 and Jeffrey ranking in at world number 68.

Following Gary Anderson's withdrawal from the 2019 Premier League, de Zwaan was selected as one of nine 'contenders' to replace him. He would play a one-off match against Rob Cross on night nine in Rotterdam.

In May 2019, de Zwaan won his second PDC ranking title by beating Stephen Bunting 8–2.

De Zwaan reached the fourth round of the 2020 World Championship, where he played Peter Wright. Wright led 3–0 in sets and 2–0 in legs before de Zwaan mounted a comeback to level at 3–3 and lead by a break of throw in the deciding set, but Wright eventually won and went on to win the tournament. This was followed by another selection for one of the Premier League nights in Rotterdam, this time under the tag of 'Challenger'.[14]

World Championship results

PDC

Performance timeline

BDO

Tournament 2013 2014
Winmau World Masters DNP 6R
Zuiderduin Masters RR DNP

PDC

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
PDC World Championship BDO 1R DNQ 2R 4R 2R
UK Open 2R 2R 1R 4R 4R 4R 4R
World Matchplay DNQ SF 1R 1R
World Grand Prix DNQ 2R 2R QF
European Championship 1R DNQ QF 1R
Grand Slam of Darts DNQ RR DNQ
Players Championship Finals DNQ 1R 2R 1R 3R
Non-major televised events
Masters DNQ 1R
World Series of Darts Finals DNQ 1R DNQ
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 57 59 78 44 23 23
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# 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

References

  1. ^ "PDC Order of Merit". PDC. 22 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Nine-dart Alan Norris wins PDC Tour card along with Mike Zuydwijk and Jeffrey de Zwaan". SkySports.
  3. ^ "Jeffrey de Zwaan Player Profile".
  4. ^ "2014 World Masters Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ "PDC Qualifying School Day One". PDC. Archived from the original on 7 January 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  6. ^ "2014 World Masters Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Coral UK Open - Friday Afternoon". PDC. Archived from the original on 8 March 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Mighty Mike Takes ProTour Crown". PDC. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Unibet European Championship Day One". PDC. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  10. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Five". PDC. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  11. ^ "2016 Coral UK Open Day One". PDC. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Jeffrey de Zwaan 2016". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  13. ^ "2016 PDC Development Tour England Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Challengers confirmed for 2020 Unibet Premier League". PDC. Retrieved 8 January 2020.