Date of Birth: August 27th, 1977
Place of Birth: Fleetwood
Wes Newton is currently seventh in the world darts rankings. He made his PDC debut in 2004 at the UK Open and played in his first World Championship the following year. He reached the semi-finals of the 2005 Las Vegas Desert Classic before losing to Phil Taylor. A broken collarbone badly interrupted his season, returning to lose in the second round of the World Grand Prix.
He was beaten in the second round of the 2006 World Championship by Kevin Painter and fell at the same stage in 2007 to Colin Osborne. Newton won the ITV Wildcard Qualifier for the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts with victory over Colin McGarry in the final. Newton won his first two matches in Group F but failed to qualify for the knockout stages.
Newton beat Per Laursen in the first round of the 2009 PDC World Championship before losing to Raymond van Barneveld. He had dropped down to 36th on the PDC Order of Merit before winning the WDF-ranked Las Vegas Open. Newton beat Jarkko Komula 3-0 in the first round of the 2010 World Championship before losing 4-2 to Adrian Lewis. In November 2010, Newton won two Players Championship tournaments in the same weekend having qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts. Newton reached the top 16 in the Order of Merit for the first time in his career. Despite recording a victory over Michael van Gerwen in the Grand Slam, he was knocked out in the group stages.
Newton enjoyed his best run to date at the 2011 World Championship, beating Darin Young, Brendan Dolan and Mensur Suljovic to book a place in the quarter-finals. He held a 4-3 advantage over Terry Jenkins but eventually slipped to a 5-4 defeat. In March 2011, Newton won a Pro Tour event in Crawley and reached the top eight in the rankings. At the 2011 UK Open, Newton reached his first televised final after victories over John Henderson, Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall and Denis Ovens. His winning run was ended 11-8 in the final by James Wade. He finally made it past the opening round of the World Matchplay for the first time with a 10-2 victory over Andy Smith. He then defeated Justin Pipe 13–8 in the second round before losing to Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals.
Newton began 2012 with a second round exit in the World Championship, losing 4-3 to Justin Pipe. Newton beat Kim Huybrechts 6–3 in the final at the first UK Open qualifier and then beat Kevin Dowling, Andy Brown, Robert Thornton, Jerry Hendriks and Richie Howson to reach the final. He also won the eighth qualifier with a 6–2 win over Justin Pipe in the final. In the UK Open itself, Newton was beaten by eventual winner Robert Thornton in the quarter-finals. At the World Matchplay, he beat James Hubbard 10–5 before throwing the first televised nine-dart finish of his career against Justin Pipe. He was eventually defeated 13-10.
Newton reached his second PDC major final at the 2012 European Championship in Germany. He beat Tomas Seyler, Kevin Painter and Andy Hamilton to set up a meeting with Brendan Dolan in the semi-finals. Newton recovered from 9-6 down to win five successive legs but lost the final to Simon Whitlock. At the World Grand Prix, Newton edged past Ronnie Baxter, Ian White and Paul Nicholson before suffering a 5-1 semi-final defeat against Michael van Gerwen. Newton topped his group in the Grand Slam of Darts after victories over Martin Phillips, Wesley Harms and Terry Jenkins. He lost narrowly to BDO player Christian Kist in the last 16. Newton ended 2012 in seventh on the Order of Merit and qualified for the Premier League for the first time. Newton was beaten by James Wade in the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Championship.