Paul Nicholson is a British-born Australian professional darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events.
Born: May 10, 1979 (age 36), Newcastle upon Tyne
Home town: Corby
Playing darts since: 1990
Before joining the PDC Pro Tour, Nicholson was one of the top players in the Australian Grand Prix circuit, winning 15 titles in 2008. His performances led him to the top of the DPA rankings and earned him a spot in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. He was drawn in Group H with Kevin Painter, Darryl Fitton and WDF number one Gary Anderson. Nicholson caused a major surprise by beating Anderson 5-4 in his opening group game. This was despite constant booing from the crowd, who began chanting "Who Are You?" during his walk-on and after his first three darts which was a maximum 180, he put his finger to his mouth at the crowd which caused the crowd to boo him almost every time he threw his darts. Despite beating Anderson, losses to Fitton and Painter eliminated him at the group stage.
Nicholson earned qualification for the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship through the DPA rankings. He destroyed Adrian Gray in the first round, winning all nine legs for a three sets to nil victory. He then upset world number 6 Adrian Lewis in the second round 4-3 and then came from 2 sets down to beat world number 11 Dennis Priestley 4-2 to advance to the quarter finals in another upset. In the quarter-finals, he lost to world number 3 at the time, James Wade but his tournament performance lifted him into the top 50 on the PDC Order of Merit.