Rob Cross, short for Robert Cross was born in Kent England. He is a professional darts player in the Professional Darts Corporation events. After winning against the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, he is the current PDC world darts champion.
Back in 2015, Robert Cross made a move at the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship but was taken out of the competition by a one Tony Martin. He has also taken part in the World Masters but lost to Darius Labanauskas.
When he joined the PDC, Rob Cross first took part in the 2016 UK Open. He did so as an amateur Riley’s qualifier making a successful run to the last 32 only to lose to Michael van Garwen who was then the world number one. Michael achieved a nine-dart finish to take the championship title.
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After this event, Rob participated in the PDC challenge tour where he successfully won 3 out of a total of 16 events. This victory resulted in him earning the 2017 PDC pro Tour.
In 2017, Robb competed in the UK open where he was taken out by Peter Wright in the fifth round. The week that followed saw Rob secure the title for the Players Championship which he won by defeating Mervyn King.
Rob also met up with Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis in the Players Championship where he came out victorious. There was also the European Darts Trophy and the German Grand prix but both times he lost to Michael van Gerwen.
During October 2017, Rob Cross finally got to the European Championship where he lost again to Michael van Gerwen.
World Championship Title
Cross got his first debut in 2018. He won against Seigo Asadda, John Henderson and others. When he reached the final, he came out victorious against Phil Taylor. By winning the world championship, Rob Cross became number 3 as per the PDC order of merit rank. This also meant that he automatically qualified for the 2018 Premier League of darts.
This was the highlight of his career as a professional darts player. When he defeated Michael van Gerwen, it became apparent that he wasn’t joking around. He then continued to beat Phil Taylor in his first televised broadcast over the 16-time world champion.
If Phil won the World Darts Championship, he would have broken his own record to become a 17-time world champion. However, while all eyes were focused on him, as most wouldn’t expect the young Robert Cross to take him out, that was exactly what happened.
Just to emphasize on what beating Taylor meant, he had only lost 13 times in 29 world championships. This performance would thus put Cross in the darts history books. The two had been at each other throughout the competition trying to knock each other out. Cross had managed a 3-1 lead but Phil took the fourth with 8 great shots. He would have taken the championship title would he have been able to make a 9-dart finish but the last one didn’t come through.
This was when Cross took the opportunity and made the most of the leg. Throughout the rest of the competition, it was Cross who took control to finish in a remarkable fashion and thus claiming the World Darts Championship.
What is interesting about Rob Cross is that he has not been in the game for as long as both Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. Just a few months prior in 2017, he was pushing his way up through the ranks. little did anyone know that he would triumph over both these veterans of the game.
Most people would agree that starting the year off with 400,000 pounds is not a bad way to go. Both Wayne Mardle and Phil Taylor even stated that this was just the beginning for Robert Cross. Some people have even started comparing him to Phil Taylor. He was only 29 years old when he won his first world title.
Before becoming a professional darts player, Rob worked as an electrician. This is what inspired his nickname “voltage”. He is a father of 3 kids and began playing darts back in 2001. Cross is right handed and his walk on music is Hot Hot Hot by Arrow.