We profile the 2019 US Darts Masters champion Nathan Aspinall as he seeks to reign supreme at Madison Square Garden in June.
Nathan Aspinall has notched up one PDC Darts ranking title victory in his career to date, the 2019 UK Open.
‘The Asp’ was in inspired form throughout the three-day long competition in Minehead, overcoming the likes of Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross as he took to the winners circle for the first time at a televised major.
Aspinall took out a stunning 170 checkout to secure an 11-5 victory over Cross in the final and in the process, propel himself into the Order of Merit top 16 for the first time.
He has since reached three other ranking finals – the 2020 Premier League, 2022 World Grand Prix and 2022 Grand Slam of darts – but was beaten on each occasion.
Aspinall is the current world number nine, with his two-year prize money totalling just shy of £500,000.
He picked up £130,000 of that with runs to the finals of both the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts in 2022, whilst he pocketed a further £25,000 for reaching the last 32 of the World Championship.
Aspinall is 31-years-old and will turn 32 on the 15th July.
He made his TV debut in the final of the 2015 World Youth Championship, aged 23, where he was edged out 6-5 by German Max Hopp in a dramatic final leg decider.
Aspinall was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and remains local to the area to this day.
‘The Asp’ walks out to ‘Mr Brightside’, by the Killers – a song that always attracts a positive reaction from fans.
The Stockport-thrower first used the song at the World Championship in December 2018, having previously walked out to Depeche Mode’s ‘Can’t Get Enough’.
At the time of writing Aspinall has earned over £1.3 million in prize money during his time on the PDC Tour.
His biggest earner to date came in the 2020 Premier League as he pocketed a career-high paycheque of £120,000 after reaching the final of the competition.
He has also pocketed £100,000 for reaching the semi-final of the World Championship, whilst his sole major ranking success – the 2019 UK Open – earned him another £100,000.
Target manufacture the arrows used by Aspinall, who throws a weighty 26g, 90 percent tungsten, 52mm slim-barrel Generation 1 dart.
As well as winning the UK Open four years ago, Aspinall has also tasted televised success in the US Darts Masters – triumphing at the 2019 staging of the event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He registered a 106.70 average as he beat Michael Smith 8-4 in the final at the iconic Mandalay Bay, having previously scored three-figure averages in his successes over Peter Wright (104.21) and Rob Cross (100.37).
Other notable tournament wins for ‘The Asp’ have come in the PDC Dvelopment Tour (2015), PDC Challenge Tour (2017) as well as five Players Championships victories in 2018, 2020 (x2) and 2022 (x2).