Magnus Caris will say goodbye to professional darts at the 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts.
According to Caris, he has been playing the game for four decades – most of which were at the highest level. The 50-year-old first appeared at a World Championship in 1988 – his Lakeside debut ended in a first round defeat, but he would reach a quarter-final and semi-final before switching to the PDC.
All of his Ally Pally outings ended at the first hurdle, but the enigmatic Swede has become a stalwart of the game. Speaking exclusively to dartsnews.com, he explained that now is the time to bow out.
“I have been playing for 40 years now and I think that is enough!” Pokerface said.
“And the standard is so high right now. I don’t feel [the need] to practice that much to keep in a high level.”
There have been plenty of highlights across the years for Caris. He picked out a couple of his favourites.
“Semi-final at Lakeside 94 and of course Winmau 92 when I beat Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Martin Adams in the same tournament. I also will remember when I hit a 9 darter at Players Champinship 2015 and I received a 9 darter pin.
“I can’t complain, I think I have had a decent career for being a Swede!”
World Cup farewell
Caris needs to represent Sweden one last time before he can, in his words, “pick up the golf again and spend some more quality time with my misses.” The World Cup of Darts is calling; he and partner Dennis Nilsson are looking to secure the nation’s first win at the event since 2014.
They have been handed a tie with unseeded Brazil in round one. It could have been worse, but the veteran knows that there is no easy draw.
“I think the draw is OK, but you have to realise that every one who will go up on that stage are good players and proud to represent their country.
“In Scandinavia we are used to play pairs so it is no problem for us,” Caris said.
Author: Ed McCosh