1996 WDC World Darts Championship

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Vernons World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Circus Tavern
Location Purfleet, Essex
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC (WDC)
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £61,000
Winners share £14,000
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor

The 1996 Vernons World Darts Championships was the third year that the Professional Darts Corporation (then known as the World Darts Council) held their own World Championships following an acrimonious split from the British Darts Organisation during 1992/93. The tournament had its third sponsor in as many years, with Vernons taking over from Proton Cars.

Although he hadn't officially announced his retirement, Jocky Wilson had played his last competitive televised match at the World Matchplay in Blackpool in the summer of 1995 so missed out on the World Championship for the first time since the 1979 Embassy Championship. Nigel Justice and Steve Raw were the two English players making their WDC World Championship debuts.

Phil Taylor gained revenge for his 1994 final defeat against Dennis Priestley to retain his title - his fourth overall World Championship victory.

Results[edit]

1st Round - Group Stages[edit]

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                 
Group 1 Winner Scotland Jamie Harvey89.44 4
Group 2 winner USA Larry Butler87.56 0
Scotland Jamie Harvey90.48 1
England Dennis Priestley94.39 5
Group 3 winner England Dennis Priestley92.75 4
Group 4 winner England Alan Warriner90.61 1
England Dennis Priestley 4
England Phil Taylor 6
Group 5 winner England Peter Evison94.66 2
Group 6 winner England John Lowe94.85 4
England John Lowe86.58 1
England Phil Taylor 93.14 5
Group 7 winner England Keith Deller86.29 0
Group 8 winner England Phil Taylor 94.22 4