Date of Birth: March 16th, 1967
Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent
Andy Hamilton, nicknamed “The Hammer, reached the final of the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship and is currently ranked sixth in the world.
He made his television debut in 2004 at the UK Open championship and qualified for the 2005 PDC World Championship, progressing to the quarter-final stage before losing to Bob Anderson. He gained his revenge on that opponent the following year with a 3-2 win in the opening round and defeated Terry Jenkins 4-1 before losing to Phil Taylor.
Hamilton reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic before losing 3-1 to Raymond van Barneveld. Hamilton stunned number four seed Peter Manley with a 10-2 victory in round one of the 2006 World Matchplay before edging out Adrian Lewis 15-13 in a thrilling encounter. A 16-9 victory over Wayne Mardle gave Hamilton his first major semi-final appearance, losing 17-11 to Taylor. He also reached the semi-finals of the 2007 PDC World Championship before losing 6-0 to the same opponent.
Hamilton won his first PDC Pro Tour title by beating Colin Lloyd in the StanJames.com Players Championship in Gibraltar. He soon added a second title by beating James Wade in the Midlands Regional Final of the UK Open and made it to the semi-final of the PDC US Open before losing to Van Barneveld. He rounded off an excellent season by finishing runner-up in the Grand Slam of Darts, losing 18-11 to Taylor in the final. Hamilton reached the quarter-finals in the 2008 Las Vegas Classic and World Grand Prix, going a stage further in the 2009 Grand Prix. Phil Taylor ended his hopes in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Matchplay after victories over Gary Anderson, John Henderson and Simon Whitlock.
At the 2012 World Championship he beat Antonio Alcinas 3–2 in the opening round, narrowly missing out on a nine-dart finish. He then defeated Vincent van der Voort, Dave Chisnall and Kim Huybrechts to reach the semi-finals for the second time. From 5-3 down to Simon Whitlock, Hamilton produced his best darts including four ton-plus finishes to snatch a 6-5 victory. He had started the tournament as a 200-1 outsider but eventually lost 7-3 in the final to Adrian Lewis. The £100,000 earnings was easily the biggest prize of his career and he jumped to number 7 in the world.
His World Championship run had gained him a wildcard for the 2012 Premier League Darts and he opened with a victory over James Wade 8–5. He qualified for the playoffs and was unbeaten in the last five matches of the season. He was eventually defeated by Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals. Hamilton reached the final of the tenth Players Championship of the year, losing 6-5 to Colin Lloyd. He was beaten in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay by Phil Taylor and was beaten in his second Players Championship final of the year at the 12th event, losing 6-4 to Whitlock. He reached the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix before losing to Michael van Gerwen.
Hamilton finished top of his group at the Grand Slam of Darts and then defeated John Part in the quarter-finals. He held a 6-3 lead over Van Barneveld in the semi-final but eventually lost 16-10. Hamilton finished 2012 in 14th on the Order of Merit, qualifying for the Players Championship Finals. He beat Andy Smith and Van Gerwen before losing 10-9 to Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals after missing double top for the match. Taylor also ended Hamilton’s World Championship hopes in 2013, beating him 5-0 in the quarter-finals.