Chris Mason was one of the hottest properties in World Darts when he burst onto the scene back in 1996 as he made his debut at the World Championship as a 27-year old with bags of confidence, and with it, bags of ability. And, despite suffering a 3-0 defeat to Andy Fordham on debut, Mason competed in the 1996 World Matchplay as he joined the World Darts Council (WDC) as it was named at that particular time.
Mason lost out in the Matchplay to Alan Warriner, who he’s very close to coincidentally. But, despite those losses in his early career, it spearheaded Mason to greatness with that experience to his name.
Later on in 1998, Mason went on to reach the Semi-Finals of the World Matchplay as he was allowed to compete in the PDC televised events outside the World Matchplay as after the split in 1997, Mason was a BDO player. It was a superb run for Mason who narrowly lost out to Ronnie Baxter 13-11 for the right to play in the final.
That run, once more spearheaded Mason to more consistency in the televised majors as he went on to reach the Quarter-Finals of the World Matchplay in 1999 as he lost out to resurgent Phil Taylor, and back-to-back Quarter Final runs in the World Grand Prix during 1999 & 2000, only losing out to Phil Taylor & Peter Manley.
The highlight of Mason’s BDO career has to be his run to the Semi-Finals of the 1999 BDO World Championship as he defeated Martin Adams in the QF’s in spectacular style.
In a race to five sets, Mason found himself 4-1 behind to ‘Wolfie’ as he had to survive match darts to mount a stunning fightback as he won the next four sets to edge out Adams 5-4. That victory was probably the moment that fans and critics alike stood up and took note of Mason’s ability.
Mason did go on to lose 5-2 to Raymond van Barneveld in the SF’s, but that was only the beginning for ‘Mace the Ace’.
Mason enjoyed a lengthy spell in the PDC from 2001 up until 2010. In that time, Mason enjoyed a lot of success, and despite his problems away from the oche (which I will not go into) Mason had several successes including the Irish Masters & the Vauxhall Pro Open on three occasions. The Irish Masters was screened by Sky Sports, and in addition, Mason also lifted the Scottish Open & the English Open to his impressive career tally.
Chris had been planning a career path in commentary & punditry for a long time, he announced at the World Grand Prix whilst commentating for ITV that he had intentions to retire from the sport. And, it was confirmed by the PDC that Mason had declined an opportunity of a tour card in 2011.
Chris did give the professional game one last go just a year later as he had a go at Qualifying School, but unfortunately he was unable to gain a Tour Card by that particular route.
From that moment on, Mason has been on our screens as a pundit and a commentator for ITV for quite a while now. And, with the workd we live in now in a media perspective, It’s great to see ‘Mace the Ace’ offering his expertise not just as a pundit or a commentator, but analysis the sport we love, and also It’s opened several doors for Mason as he is now a commentator for TalkSPORT covering the recent Premier League campaign and the upcoming World Matchplay.
Mason also hosts his very own dartscast style show on a weekly basis named ‘To the Point’ in which the darting public can interact with Chris and vice versa about the talking points from that particular week.
In addition to that, Chris is a very knowledgeable boxing expert, as he appears on several boxing podcasts and offers his opinions over on social media very expertly.
Incase you missed it, Chris also did a first round preview of the upcoming BetVictor World Matchplay with John Scott for Tungsten Tales over on YouTube.
All the links for Chris’ social media pages will be featured at the bottom of the page.
So from player to pundit, It’s been an adventurous road for ‘Mace the Ace’ and there’s a lot more still to come. So stay tuned.
Twitter – @chris180mason
Tungsten Tales previews – http://yt.vu/p/PL5XiKFEyw_N0-fryD_kPGqRuJWH-I6QEv
‘To the Point’ Dartscast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14A67mNYXV5-Zi8oeMc7tw