Mark Webster, the 2008 Lakeside Champion, has reversed his intention to attempt to regain his PDC Tour Card later this week. The 36 year-old Welshman has slipped down the rankings, despite a valiant fight, in recent years and also seems to be carving out a media career.
The Denbigh man has had a superb career and provided a great example to a younger generation of dart players. In addition, to his world crown, Webby is one of a select band to have also won the World Cup & European Cup in singles.
Speaking on social media Webster said;
It was massively disappointing for me to lose my Tour Card at the end of 2019. I’d given it everything but it was’nt enough…….Mark Webster
Representing Wales has always seemed a source of pride and inspiration for him. Twice he has reached the PDC’s World Cup of Darts final, most memorably in partnership with Barrie Bates in 2010.
Following his remarkable success in the BDO, he was still in his mid twenties, Webster bravely crossed to the PDC in 2009. Despite early struggles, especially away from the TV/stage events, Webster demonstrated what courage could achieve. His first PDC World Championship saw him reach the semi-final and then claim the third place play off!
Mark really settled onto the main tour in 2010, he claimed his first PDC (Pro Tour) title in Germany and began to climb the rankings. Later that year was the first of his hugely popular World Cup of Darts efforts, he also repeated his World Championship heroics. A superb victory over ‘The Power’ was followed by an epic, ultimately losing, battle with Adrian Lewis for a place in the final. A place in the Premier League was Webby’s reward.
It’s possible that the PL came a little early for Mark. His place in the top 16 was not yet secure meaning that he needed constant strong results in all formats at the same time as the PDC’s flagship event was demanding much of his energy. His 8th place finish seemed to herald the start of a long and slow decline, punctuated by moments of class, that ended with the loss of his tour card last year.
It is apparent from his remarks, and a look at his stats, that Webster retains a huge will and talent and can produce it still. However, being a devoted family man and a modern professional dart player is a very complex mix. It may be that the 2008 World Champion has a second career waiting, in the commentary box & media, or that after a rest, and reset, he returns to the elite game at a later point.
We hope its the later, Mark has inspired many, he is well liked and adds much to the game. Thirty-Six is no age in the modern, professional sport that Webster helped form. Just ask fellow Welshman Wayne Warren or the ‘ever-bronzed’ Steve Beaton!