The youngest player to participate in the 2022 World Darts Championship was Fabian Schmutzler, who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 17 days when he faced James Wade in the first round.
Schmutzler earned his spot in the tournament through the Development Tour Order of Merit, showcasing his exceptional skills at such a young age. He joined the ranks of notable young talents like Max Hopp, who also competed in the World Championship at a tender age back in 2012.
Although Schmutzler was unable to secure a victory in his first-round match against the experienced James Wade, he displayed tremendous potential that left fans and pundits eagerly anticipating his future performances. Throughout the match, Schmutzler showcased an impressive average of 93.48 and managed to hit two maximum scores of 180.
Watching young players enter the world of sport is exciting and thrilling and Schmutzler adds to that. At that age, to have the dedication that he has, as well as a natural ability means that he has every chance of going as far as some of the greats of the sport.
The world of darts eagerly awaits his continued growth and the exciting moments he will undoubtedly bring to the game.