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By John Lowe, Dec 19 2014 10:13AM

The first day of the World's, did it go to plan ? Keegan Brown Unicorn World Youth Champion was favourite to beat three times World Champion John Part and he raced into a 2 sets lead and looked to be cruising to the next round but Part's pride would not let the young pretender whitewash him and fought back to level the match at 2 sets each, Keegan then seemed to answer the wake up call and moved his game up a gear winning the deciding set 3-0. Cristo Peyes from Tenerife (my own traing camp) beat Christian Perez in a prelim match by 4 legs to 0 and with a 93 average would prove a tough opponent for Newton later in the night. Klassen beat Kist both former BDO champions in a very good match, the score line of 3-1 did not reflect the performance from Kist and it was a shame we lost such a good player so early in the championship. The much awaited match between Michael Van Gerwen and Joe Cullen was next and although MVg went into a 2-0 lead, eventualy winning the match 3-1 every set went the full 5 legs, MVG did not blow hot and cold, he blew freezing and boiling, one minute throwing maximums for fun the next struggling to manage 60, this match was a wake up call for the champion if he is going to sucessfully defend his title or even reach the quarters. Wes Newton played a even contest with the qualifier Reyes, but it was Reyes check out consistency of 42% that caused the first big upset of the championship, Newton finding himself 2-0 rallied to bring the match back to 2-2 at this stage Newton the number 13 seed (unlucky some would say) was the favourite but Reyes proved he is a good competitor and player and the match went into a tie break, they traded legs up to 5-5 then it was sudden death, one leg to decide the winner, Reyes managed to win with D16.

On another note, I was surprised to hear commentator Rod Harrington say Newton had changed his position at the Oche after some coaching advice, he was told the reason his darts were not going straight was because he was not more central to the board, I have watched Wes for many years and can see the reason his darts do not go straight is because he drops his right shoulder and turns his right arm over, of course position at the Oche is important but as my golf professional once told me, don't try and change anything in the playing season it will just cause you to think about what you are doing and what you used to do, if you want to change anything major do it when there are no tournaments to play in, I think that was good advice and maybe Wes should have waited till after this the biggest event in world darts was over before he made any changes to his game, sadly he will have all the time he needs now.

Photograph: Keegan Brown celebrates his win over John Part.

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John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.

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About John Lowe

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Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV

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John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.

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One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.

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Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.

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John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.


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The Throw of a World Champion

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