1989 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 6–14 January 1989
Venue Lakeside Country Club
Location Frimley Green, Surrey[1]
Country England
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £86,900
Winners share £20,000
High checkout England Mike Gregory
Champion(s)
Scotland Jocky Wilson[2]

The 1989 Embassy World Darts Championship was the 12th World Professional Championships, and was staged at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey, England for the fourth successive year. The tournament was organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO).

Following the 1988 Winmau World Masters ITV pulled all their coverage of darts and the BBC decided to withdraw their coverage of the 1988 British Professional Championship, meaning that this World Championship was the only televised darts tournament in 1989.[3] The World Championship would remain the only annual televised event for the next four years.

In an attempt to improve the image of the game (which contributed to the loss of television coverage and sponsors), the BDO decided that players would no longer be allowed to drink alcohol during matches - allowing just water on the stage.

The tournament itself saw old rivals Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow meet in the final after Wilson had beaten defending champion Bob Anderson and Bristow had seen off John Lowe in the semi-finals. Wilson raced into a five sets to nil lead, but Bristow took the next four sets to set up a tense finish - until, after missing several double attempts, Wilson finally took the title 6-4.

The results[edit]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 5 sets Best of 5 sets Best of 7 sets Best of 9 sets
                           
           
 Australia Wayne Weening (88.98)  3
 England Cliff Lazarenko (86.37)  1  
 Australia Wayne Weening (89.22)  1
   England Bob Anderson (99.96)  3  
 England Bob Anderson (89.19)  3
 England Ken Summers (75.48)  0  
 England Bob Anderson (92.91)  4
   England Dave Whitcombe (88.71)  3  
 United States Rick Ney (88.14)  3
 Belgium Leo Laurens (86.16)  1  
 United States Rick Ney (79.92)  0
   England Dave Whitcombe (84.63)  3  
 England Dave Whitcombe (87.51)  3
 Canada Bob Sinnaeve (81.03)  0  
 England Bob Anderson (90.33)  4
   Scotland Jocky Wilson (94.35)  5
 England Alan Warriner (91.20)  3
 England Arnie Bunn (78.90)  0  
 England Alan Warriner (87.54)  2
   Scotland Jocky Wilson (88.38)  3  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson (89.28)  3
 England Paul Reynolds (83.76)  0  
 Scotland Jocky Wilson (85.32)  4
   England Mike Gregory (89.04)  3  
 Sweden Magnus Caris (80.40)  3
 Scotland Trevor Nurse (78.48)  1  
 Sweden Magnus Caris (80.04)  0
   England Mike Gregory (91.56)  3  
 England Mike Gregory (92.07)  3
 Scotland Peter McDonald (86.43)  0  
           
 Singapore Paul Lim (88.23)  3
 Wales Chris Johns (82.74)  0  
 Singapore Paul Lim (89.73)  2
   England John Lowe (91.65)  3  
 England John Lowe (90.15)  3
 England Chris Whiting (82.08)  0  
 England John Lowe (92.19)  4
   England Denis Hickling (86.61)  0  
 England Denis Hickling (83.82)  3
 Netherlands Bert Vlaardingerbroek (77.52)  0  
 England Denis Hickling (95.67)  3
   Australia Russell Stewart (88.41)  0  
 Australia Russell Stewart (88.86)  3
 Wales Eric Burden (84.81)  1  
 England John Lowe (89.07)  1
   England Eric Bristow (93.27)  5


 Sweden Lars Erik Karlsson (84.60)  3
 United States Tony Payne (86.58)  2  
 Sweden Lars Erik Karlsson (77.37)  0
   England Peter Evison (87.27)  3  
 England Peter Evison (80.94)  3
 Northern Ireland Ray Farrell (81.99)  1  
 England Peter Evison (88.11)  3
   England Eric Bristow (90.39)  4


 
 England Steve Gittins (85.83)  3
 Finland Kexi Heinäharju (75.84)  0  
 England Steve Gittins (86.19)  0
   England Eric Bristow (89.01)  3


 
 England Eric Bristow (86.22)  3
 Canada John Fallowfield (74.28)  1


 
Final (Best of 11 sets) Saturday 14 January

Referees: Freddie Williams, Bruce Spendley

(94.32) Jocky Wilson Scotland 6-4 England Eric Bristow (90.66)
Highest Checkout: 3-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1, 1-3, 2-3, 1-3, 2-3, 3-2 Highest Checkout:
Scotland Jocky Wilson wins the 1989 Embassy World Darts Championship


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Championship of Darts". Learnaboutdarts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  2. ^ Ralph Hickok (16 January 2010). "History - World Darts Champions". HickokSports.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  3. ^ "BDO Darts". Talkdarts.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-03.