We profile the three-time World Championship quarter-finalist and UK Open runner-up Luke Humphries as he looks to claim the bet365 US Darts Masters title in New York City in June.
Humphries has won two Player Championship events, both in Barnsley last year, and four European Tour tournaments since joining the Pro Tour in 2018.
'Cool Hand' claimed the Czech Darts Open, European Darts Grand Prix, European Darts Matchplay and German Darts Grand Prix titles, again all in 2022, which proved to be a stellar year for the Newbury arrowsmith.
Humphries was also crowned the 2019 World Youth Champion and he has won 11 Development Tour events.
The 28-year-old is yet to claim a major televised crown, but he is a three-time World Championship quarter-finalist, a Grand Slam and Players Championship Finals semi-finalist and a UK Open runner-up.
It won’t be long before Cool Hand opens his account on the major stage.
Humphries averaged 107.41 when beating Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals of the 2021 UK Open, before falling short against James Wade and failing to add to his six PDC ranking event victories.
Humphries is currently ranked number six on the PDC’s two-year system. It’s been a remarkable rise for the 28-year-old, who finished the 2018 campaign as the world’s number 57.
Steady progression followed and the Newbury man reached the top 20 by the end of the 2021 term.
The following season proved to be the true breakthrough for Humphries, who climbed to a career high of number five on the PDC’s Order of Merit, following a series of strong performances.
Humphries is 28 years old. 'Cool Hand' made the quarter-finals of the World Championship aged 24 and that was the same year the Newbury man won the PDC World Youth Championship title.
Humphries was born in Newbury, Berkshire and still lives in the market town famous for its racecourse.
Luke Humphries has collected £539,500 in prize money over a two-year period in ranking tournaments.
'Cool Hand' pocketed £50,000 for each of his three appearances in the quarter-finals of the World Championship and he took home £40,000 when making the final of the 2021 UK Open.
The 22g Red Dragon Signature darts are the choice of Humphries. 'Cool Hand' has a preference for a torpedo-styled mid-balanced darts and his equipment does differ for the majority of players on tour.
Humphries uses extra-long stems, perhaps the longest of any professional on tour - keep an eye out for them when he takes to the stage in the bet365 US Darts Masters.
Aside from making the World Championship quarter-finals and the final of the UK Open, there are a whole list of feats achieved by the 28-year-old.
Humphries is the winner of two PDC Home Tour events, he was the first challenger to win a Premier League match, beating two-time World Champion Gary Anderson in Exeter.
'Cool Hand' was the first player to top the Development Tour Order of Merit in successive seasons, after claiming 11 junior titles, and he reached the last eight of the World Championship in the same year that he claimed the World Youth Championship crown.