Nixon came through three separate qualifying competitions at county, national and international level to secure his Lakeside debut. He beat number 7 seed Darryl Fitton, number 10 seed Martin Atkins and number 15 seed Paul Hanvidge to the reach the semi-finals and beat Dutchman Niels de Ruiter the number 11 seed for a place in the final against top seed Martin Adams.
He eventually lost 7-6 to Adams in the final, after at one stage being 6-0 down one leg from defeat, taking home a cheque for £30,000. He almost completed an all-time great sporting comeback. After looking down and out at 6-0 down at the interval all seemed lost. While practising in the players lounge with a cigarette in one hand, Nixon was said to have stabbed himself deliberately in his legs to try and motivate himself. After the interval he found form and the Lakeside Crowd really got behind him. Gradually he clawed the gap back and sensed Adams vulnerability, which resulted in Adams missing four doubles to win the championship. Nixon played inspiring darts through the second half of the match and played at a high standard. He eventually lost the match 7-6 with Adams winning the final set 3-0. He was simply outplayed in that set, and Adams really upped his game. But Nixon did have his chances; he had a double 8 to win the first leg and a double 18 to save the match in the final leg. Unfortunately for Nixon, he just missed these chances, which proved critical.
Prior to his 2007 heriocs, his best performances came in reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 Winmau World Masters and the semi-final of the 2004 British Open. After his run at Lakeside, he went on to reach the final of the Isle of Man Open (losing to Gary Robson) and the quarter-final of the Swiss Open. He put a brave fight against James Wade in his opening match at the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts in November - but lost 4-5 but then thrashed Niels de Ruiter to give himself a chance of reaching the last 16. However, he blew his opportunity, as he allowed a 4-0 lead and a total of eight match darts slip to lose 5-4 to Pat Orreal.
At the start of the tournament, Nixon's prime occupation was as a house husband. Nixon began to concentrate on his darts to a greater degree when he was made redundant.