Wayne Mardle is an English retired professional darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation events, and former player in the BDO. He now lives in Romford. Before turning professional, he worked for the Association of Accounting Technicians. He has been known as Hawaii 501 since 2000, a play on the title of the popular television series, Hawaii Five-O, due to the Hawaiian shirts he started wearing in 1998 for a bet, and 501 being the start score of a leg of darts. This dress sense coupled with his crowd-pleasing onstage activity (such as dancing to the interval music) saw him become one of the most popular players on the circuit.
Mardle suffered hard luck during the 2009 Premier League Darts. After amassing just four points from his opening nine games, he missed week ten due to a virus. He had been due to return the following week, but was rushed into hospital the day before the matches due to mumps. With five matches to play in the final three weeks, one more missed week would eliminate Mardle from the competition. Sadly for Mardle, that occurred. Having been passed fit for a week twelve return, Mardle was re-admitted to hospital, and in accordance with tournament regulations, was removed from the tournament. His results from the tournament were also annulled.
Mardle’s poor form continued in the 2010 PDC World Championship, where he lost to Jyhan Artut 3–0 with a poor average of 72. Mardle continued to drop out the rankings and was ranked as low as 85th in the Order of Merit. Mardle also attempted to qualify for the 2012 PDC World Championship via the PDPA qualifier which was held in Wigan and was whitewashed 5–0 in the Preliminary Round by Ken Dobson. Mardle’s slide down the world rankings meant he was no longer assured of a PDC tour card to play on the Pro Tour, and had to enter the Q School to try and earn one. However, on the eve of the first Q School qualifier, Mardle announced on his Twitter page that he had decided not to go to Q School and instead focus on commentating for Sky Sports and playing in exhibitions.
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