Roland Scholten (born 11 January 1965 in The Hague) is a former Dutch professional darts player who played for the Professional Darts Corporation and previously for the British Darts Organisation. He was nicknamed The Tripod and The Flying Dutchman. Scholten turned full-time professional in 2001 and formerly worked as a publican. Despite his Dutch nationality, Scholten speaks with a strong English accent having lived in Peterborough for several years. His considerable height and throwing technique means his darts hit the board at a considerably narrow angle.
Scholten was runner-up in the 1992 Austrian Open, losing to Rod Harrington. He then won the 1993 WDF World Cup, beating Denmark's Troels Rusel in the final. Scholten made his BDO World Championship debut in 1994 where he beat Sean Palfrey in the first round and became the only seed to progress to the second round where he lost to Ronnie Sharp. He followed up with a quarter final showing in the 1994 Winmau World Masters, beating Stefan Eeckelaert and Derek Hampton before losing to Steve Beaton. He then suffered a first round exit in the 1995 World Championship, losing to Colin Monk and reached the second round of the 1995 World Masters, again beating Palfrey in the first round but lost to fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.
In the 1996 World Championship, Scholten beat Mark Salmon 3-0 in the first round but lost in the second round to then-defending champion Richie Burnett. Scholten won three Open tournaments in 1996, winning the North Holland Open, the Swedish Open and the prestigious British Open. He then reached the semi finals on the 1996 World Masters, losing to the eventual winner Monk. Scholten then reached the quarter finals of the 1997 World Championship, beating former finalist Mike Gregory and Bobby George before losing to Mervyn King. He reached the final of the England Open and the Swedish Open and his British Open defence ended in the quarter finals. Scholten, with partner van Barneveld won the PDC World Pairs Championship at Bognor Regis in 1997, beating the pairing of Burnett and Harrington in the final.
In the 1998 World Championship, Scholten reached the semi finals, beating fellow Dutchman Co Stompé, American Roger Carter and then Palfrey once more before losing to Burnett. In the 1999 World Championship, Scholten lost in the quarter final stage to Ronnie Baxter.
Shortly after the 1999 Embassy World Championship, Scholten left the BDO and switched to the PDC. He reached the final of the 2000 Antwerp Open, losing to Jamie Harvey. He made his PDC major debut in the 2000 World Matchplay, losing in the first round to Harrington. He also played in the 2000 World Grand Prix, also losing in the first round to Burnett.
He made his PDC World Championship debut in 2001, reaching the quarter finals, progressing with 3-0 wins over Shayne Burgess and Cliff Lazarenko before losing to Harrington 4-2. He then reached the second round of the 2001 World Matchplay and then reached his first major final in the 2001 World Grand Prix, beating Harrington, Mick Manning, John Part and John Lowe before losing to Alan Warriner.
Scholten reached the second round of the 2002 World Championship, losing to Dave Askew. He then won his first PDC event in the 2002 Open Holland and reached the semi finals of the Las Vegas Desert Classic, losing to Baxter. In the 2002 World Matchplay he lost again in the second round, losing to Colin Lloyd. He then reached the quarter finals of the World Grand Prix, losing 4-0 to Andy Jenkins. A quarter final place in the 2003 World Championship followed as well as a semi final place in the 2003 UK Open, a quarter final showing in the 2003 Desert Classic and reaching the semi finals of the World Grand Prix. He also won the 2003 Eastbourne Pro and the Primus Masters but suffered a first round exit in the World Matchplay.
Scholten lost in the third round of the 2004 World Championship, losing his only match to Lionel Sams. After retaining his Eastbourne Open title, Scholten won his first major title the Budweiser UK Open in June. He beat Mark Dudbridge, Henry O'Neill, Denis Ovens, Alan Warriner and Steve Beaton, before beating John Part in the final.
Scholten reached the semi finals of the 2005 Premier League, and went into the match as a big underdog against Phil Taylor. However, Scholten upset the form book for most of the best-of-25 legs match, as Scholten led 4–1, 5–2, 6–3, 7–4 and 11–7, only for Taylor to produce a remarkable comeback by winning 6 consecutive legs to win the match 13–11.
In the 2006 Premier League, Scholten again reached the semi finals, and again went into the match as a big underdog, this time against Raymond van Barneveld. Scholten again upset the form book, and this time completed the job, as Scholten defeated van Barneveld 11–3, to advance into the final. However, Scholten was unable to repeat the performance in the final, as Phil Taylor defeated Scholten, 16–6.
Scholten reached the semi-finals of the 2006 World Matchplay, losing in a tie-break to James Wade, having had one dart at double top to win the match.
Scholten, the number 4 seed, defeated Ron Miller and Alex Roy in the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship, but lost in the third round to Colin Osborne 4-2.
Scholten finished in last place in the 2007 Premier League, despite twice taking Phil Taylor to a 7–7 draw. At the 2007 World Matchplay, Scholten and Taylor met in the quarter finals, with Taylor winning by a crushing 16–1 scoreline.
Scholten suffered with neck and shoulder problems from October 2008 which severely affected his performances. He suffered an early exit in the Championship of Darts and the European Championship, averaging a very poor 51.52 in losing to Mensur Suljovic at the 2008 European Championship. He then lost in the first round of the 2009 PDC World Championship, losing to Spain's Carlos Rodriguez which dropped him outside the world's top 16. In 2009, he had his shoulder operated on and took a break from darts. Scholten lost in the first round of the 2010 PDC World Championship 3-2 against Steve Hine.
He worked for a time as an expert for the German TV Station, Sport1, starting with the 2010 World Matchplay.
Scholten beat Jamie Caven 3–1 in the first round of the 2012 World Championship, but was whitewashed in the next round 0–4 by Wayne Jones. His best result in the rest of 2012 came in February at the second UK Open Qualifier where he beat the likes of Ted Hankey and Brendan Dolan to reach the quarter-finals, but he was beaten 1–6 by Dave Chisnall. In the UK Open, he ran 15 times world champion Phil Taylor very close in the last 64, but ultimately lost 7–9. Scholten lost in the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Championship Qualifier to Terry Temple and was ranked world number 47 after the tournament had been completed.
Scholten was beaten 5–4 by Conan Whitehead in the first round of the 2013 UK Open. He had one of his most disappointing years in darts as he played the full PDC schedule but did not advance past the last 32 in any event.
World Championship results
- 1994: Second round (lost to Ronnie Sharp 1–3)
- 1995: First round (lost to Colin Monk 1–3)
- 1996: Second round (lost to Richie Burnett 1–3)
- 1997: Quarter-finals (lost to Mervyn King 2–4)
- 1998: Semi-finals (lost to Richie Burnett 1–5)
- 1999: Quarter-finals (lost to Ronnie Baxter 3–5)
- 2001: Quarter-finals (lost to Rod Harrington 2–4)
- 2002: Second round (lost to Dave Askew 3–6)
- 2003: Quarter-finals (lost to Alan Warriner 2–5)
- 2004: Third round (lost to Lionel Sams 2–4)
- 2005: Fourth round (lost to Denis Ovens 2–4)
- 2006: Third round (lost to Adrian Lewis 3–4)
- 2007: Third round (lost to Colin Osborne 2–4)
- 2008: Third round (lost to Wayne Mardle 3–4)
- 2009: First round (lost to Carlos Rodriguez 2–3)
- 2010: First round (lost to Steve Hine 2–3)
- 2011: First round (lost to Ronnie Baxter 0–3)
- 2012: Second round (lost to Wayne Jones 0–4)
PDC major finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|World Grand Prix (0–1)|
|Premier League (0–1)|
|UK Open (1–0)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2001||World Grand Prix||Alan Warriner||2–8 (s)|
|Winner||1.||2004||UK Open (1)||Part, JohnJohn Part||11–6 (l)|
|Runner-up||2.||2006||Premier League Darts||Phil Taylor||6–16 (l)|
WDF major finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|World Cup (1–0)|
|Europe Cup (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1993||World Cup Singles||Troels Rusel||4–2 (s)|
|Runner-up||1.||1996||Europe Cup Singles||Martin Adams||3–4 (s)|
PDC team finals: 1 (1 title)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponents in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1997||World Pairs |
with Raymond van Barneveld
| Richie Burnett |
|BDO World Championship||DNQ||L16||L32||L16||QF||SF||QF||No longer a BDO Member|
|Winmau World Masters||DNP||QF||L16||SF||DNP||L64||DNP|
|World Darts Trophy||Not held||DNP||L16||Not held|
|International Darts League||Not held||DNP||SF||L32G||Not held|
|WDF World Cup Singles||W||NH||DNP||NH||L64||NH||DNP|
|WDF Europe Cup Singles||NH||DNP||NH||RU||NH||L16||DNP|
|PDC World Championship||Not a PDC member||DNP||QF||L16||QF||L32||L16||L16||L16||L16||L64||L64||L64||L32||DNP|
|World Grand Prix||Not held||DNP||L24||RU||QF||SF||L16||L32||QF||L16||L32||DNQ||DNP|
|Las Vegas Desert Classic||Not held||SF||QF||L32||QF||L16||QF||SF||DNP||Not held|
|UK Open||Not held||SF||W||SF||L16||L64||L64||L32||L32||L64||L64||L128|
|Premier League Darts||Not held||SF||RU||8th||DNP|
|WSoD/US Open||Not held||L16||QF||L16||L32||L32||DNP|
|Grand Slam of Darts||Not held||L16||DNP|
|European Championship||Not held||L32||DNP|
|Masters of Darts||Not held||SF||NH||RR||Not held|
|Performance Table Legend|
|DNP||Did not play at the event||DNQ||Did not qualify for the event||NYF||Not yet founded||L#||lost in the early rounds of the tournament |
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals||SF||lost in the semi-finals||RU||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|