1998 PDC World Darts Championship

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Skol World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 29 December 1997–4 January 1998
Venue Circus Tavern
Location Purfleet, Essex
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £71,000
Winners share £20,000
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor

The 1998 Skol World Darts Championship was held between 29 December 1997–4 January 1998 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex. Skol, who sponsored the inaugural event in 1994 returned as title sponsors - which they were to fulfil for the next five years.

Following an out-of-court settlement (Tomlin Order) during the summer of 1997, the World Darts Council (WDC) agreed to change its name to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and the tournament was thus the PDC World Darts Championship.

John Part, who won the first Embassy/BDO World Championship after the 1992/93 "split" had joined the PDC but failed to qualify beyond the group stage. Peter Manley had emerged as a rising talent in the PDC and was seeded 7th for the championship. He lost a close quarter-final to eventual finalist, Dennis Priestley. Priestley lost his third successive final to Phil Taylor - this defeat being the most convincing 6 sets to 0. Rod Harrington was the only player who managed to take any sets from the Power during his 2-5 semi-final defeat.

Phil Taylor became the most successful player in World Championship history - winning his 6th title (4 in the PDC and 2 in the BDO), eclipsing Eric Bristow who won five titles during the 1980s. It was also Taylor's fourth title in a row.

Results[edit]

1st Round - Group Stages[edit]

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                 
Group 1 Winner England Phil Taylor (1)96.28 4
Group 2 winner England Shayne Burgess89.48 0
1 England Phil Taylor 100.63 5
5 England Rod Harrington94.78 2
Group 3 winner England Rod Harrington (5)92.64 4
Group 4 winner England Peter Evison (4)87.41 0
1 England Phil Taylor 103.98 6
2 England Dennis Priestley90.75 0
Group 5 winner England Dennis Priestley (2)92.96 4
Group 6 winner England Peter Manley (7)86.37 3
2 England Dennis Priestley93.62 5
6 England Keith Deller88.46 1
Group 7 winner England Keith Deller (6)86.29 4
Group 8 winner England Harry Robinson81.56 1

Third Place Match[edit]

England Rod Harrington beat England Keith Deller 4-1