1997 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 4–12 January 1997
Venue Lakeside Country Club
Location Frimley Green, Surrey
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £158,000
Winners share £38,000
High checkout Scotland Les Wallace
Champion(s)
Scotland Les Wallace[1]

The 1997 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 4–12 January 1997 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. It was won by Les Wallace, who became the second Scotsman to become World Darts Champion after Jocky Wilson won it twice in 1982 and 1989. Wallace defeated Wales' Marshall James 6-3 in the final. Wallace also became the first left-handed player to win either version of the World Darts Championship. It was also the second time in four years that two unseeded players had reached the Embassy final, and remains the most recent occasion that this has occurred.

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
                           
           
 Canada John Part (87.54)  3
 Scotland Alan Brown (81.06)  1  
 Canada John Part (86.79)  1
   United States Roger Carter (85.62)  3  
 United States Roger Carter (94.50)  3
 England Martin Adams (97.05)  1  
 United States Roger Carter (86.61)  3
   Wales Marshall James (90.36)  4  
 Wales Marshall James (82.17)  3
 England William Burnsfield (73.47)  1  
 Wales Marshall James (89.94)  3
   England Andy Fordham (87.45)  2  
 England Andy Fordham (87.45)  3
 England Matt Clark (89.88)  2  
 Wales Marshall James (89.88)  5
   England Steve Beaton (85.17)  4
 Northern Ireland Geoff Wylie (92.64)  3
 England Andy Smith (87.93)  2  
 Northern Ireland Geoff Wylie (81.60)  0
   England Steve Beaton (92.52)  3  
 England Steve Beaton (86.46)  3
 Canada Carl Mercer (76.23)  0  
 England Steve Beaton (91.17)  4
   Belgium Leo Laurens (88.47)  3  
 Belgium Leo Laurens (85.71)  3
 Wales Ritchie Davies (83.43)  0  
 Belgium Leo Laurens (92.46)  3
   Wales Richie Burnett (88.95)  0  
 Wales Richie Burnett (91.23)  3
 Australia Peter Hinkley (79.23)  1  
           
 England Bobby George (84.00)  3
 England Mick Brooks (82.95)  1  
 England Bobby George (83.10)  0
   Netherlands Roland Scholten (88.62)  3  
 Netherlands Roland Scholten (88.44)  3
 England Mike Gregory (87.60)  2  
 Netherlands Roland Scholten (92.46)  2
   England Mervyn King (91.77)  4  
 England Mervyn King (91.50)  3
 Australia Graham Hunt (87.57)  1  
 England Mervyn King (96.78)  3
   England Ronnie Baxter (93.15)  2  
 England Ronnie Baxter (85.86)  3
 England Andy Jenkins (88.89)  0  
 England Mervyn King (96.84)  3
   Scotland Les Wallace (94.02)  5


 England Paul Williams (83.16)  3
 Belgium Erik Clarys (81.99)  2  
 England Paul Williams (86.01)  3
   England Colin Monk (85.68)  1  
 England Colin Monk (88.53)  3
 England Chris Hornby (72.81)  0  
 England Paul Williams (95.34)  0
   Scotland Les Wallace (96.78)  4


 
 Scotland Les Wallace (99.45)  3
 Scotland Bob Taylor (92.43)  1  
 Scotland Les Wallace (94.23)  3
   Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (95.31)  2


 
 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (85.86)  3
 Wales Sean Palfrey (77.88)  0


 
Final (Best of 11 sets) Sunday January 12th
(92.01) Marshall James Wales 3-6 Scotland Les Wallace (92.19)
Highest Checkout: 130 1-3, 3-0, 3-2, 1-3, 0-3, 2-3, 1-3, 3-2, 0-3 Highest Checkout: 152
Scotland Les Wallace wins the 1997 Embassy World Darts Championship


References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (July 20, 2002), "History of Embassy Darts", BBC Sports (online) (BBC News), retrieved February 23, 2011