2000 PDC World Darts Championship
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|Skol World Darts Championship|
|Dates||28 December 1999–4 January 2000|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
Final – best of 13
The 2000 Skol World Darts Championship was held between 28 December 1999–4 January 2000 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex. The tournament is staged earlier in the calendar year than most World Championships in sport, and thus Sky television commentators claimed that Phil Taylor was the "First World Champion of the new Millennium".
Taylor continued his dominance of this event, notching up his sixth successive world championship, his eighth overall. Dennis Priestley must have considered himself unlucky to be around during these years - he suffered his fourth final loss to Taylor in five years and failed to add to his two world championship successes.
Eric Bristow's first round defeat to American, Steve Brown would virtually signal the end of the legendary player's career at the top-level. Bristow, who would continue to attempt to qualify for the championship a few times after 2000 made his last appearance in the championship, which ended his run of having appeared in a World Championship for 23 consecutive years spanning back to the inaugural World Championship of 1978. John Lowe became the only player with an unbroken appearance record.
Day One - Tuesday 28 December 1999
The 2000 championships opened up with eight first round matches on the opening day of competition in Purfleet. In the opening afternoon, Eric Bristow's World Championship career would conclude with a first round defeat to Steve Brown, semi-finalist in 1994. In a tight contest in the opening round, Brown would sneak through by 3 sets to two to set up a meeting with top seed and 1999 finalist Peter Manley, who had little trouble in eliminating Bob Anderson from the tournament.
The major shock of Day 1 came in the evening session with the first round exit of 1995 finalist and local hero Rod Harrington. Harrington, seeded third for the title was widely tipped to be a challenger to Taylor as the twice World Matchplay champion. He fell 3-2 to John Lowe, whose challenge to become the first World Champion in 4 decades began with a win.
For the other seeds, comfortable 3-0 wins for John Part, (over John Ferell), and Alan Warriner over American Paul Lim