Terry Jenkins has revealed the reason behind his sudden hair loss, after his appearance at the recent UK Open qualifiers in Wigan caused shock amongst many darts fans.
The nine-time major finalist essentially retired from competitive action after the 2017 World Championship, with his most recent televised appearance coming at the UK Open twelve months ago.
‘The Bull’ competed in just two of the 22 Players Championship events last year, and subsequently missed out on qualification for last year’s World Championship at the Alexandra Palace.
However, the 54-year-old returned to Pro Tour action in Wigan over the last fortnight as a PDPA Associate Member, competing in five of the six UK Open qualifiers. He featured on the live-stream in last Friday’s qualifier when he took on Steve West in the fourth-round, and his appearance prompted many questions from concerned fans.
Nevertheless, Jenkins took to twitter to explain the reason behind his sudden hair loss, assuring fans that there was no major cause for concern. He wrote: “Thank you for your messages. I have lost my hair due to Alopecia from a car accident I had a year ago but all ok bullybully !!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Jenkins was inundated with messages of support from his fans, and they will see him back on the televised stage next month, after he qualified for the UK Open Finals in Minehead. As a result, he remains one of five ever-presents at ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ since the tournament’s inception back in 2003.
The Herefordshire ace finished 73rd on the final UK Open Order of Merit, after registering £1,250 in prize money across the five qualifiers. His best run came in the fourth event, where he won three games to reach the last 32- whitewashing Jamie Caven 6-0 with a 111.30 average en route.
The 2014 UK Open finalist will enter next month’s tournament at the second-round stage, but he has been pitted against 2010 Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson in an intriguing tussle. ‘The Asset’ only competed in the opening weekend of qualifiers, but will be making his first UK Open appearance since 2015.