PDC World Darts Championship

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William Hill
World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Alexandra Palace (2008–
Circus Tavern (1994–2007)
Location London
Country England
Established 1994
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs (preliminaries and 3rd/4th place play off)
Sets (from first round)
Prize fund £1,250,000 (2015)
Month(s) Played December/January
Current champion(s)
Scotland Gary Anderson

The PDC World Darts Championship is a world championship competition for the sport of darts, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Following a dispute with the British Darts Organisation, which has run its own world championship since 1978, the "rebel" players were banned from BDO events, and the PDC held their first World Championship in 1994. The biggest of the PDC tournaments, it traditionally begins in late December, finishing in early January just as the BDO's version gets underway.

The PDC World Darts Championship has been held at the Alexandra Palace in London since 2008, having previously been held at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex, from 1994 to 2007.[1]

The tournament is currently sponsored by William Hill.

Only 7 players have won this championship: Dennis Priestley, Phil Taylor, John Part, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. Of these, only Taylor, Lewis and Part have won it more than once. In addition, Lewis, Anderson and van Gerwen are the only PDC World Champions never to have won the BDO World Championship. Taylor has dominated the tournament, winning 14 titles and reaching 16 of the first 18 finals. No player throwing left-handed has won the PDC World Championship.

Following popular darts commentator Sid Waddell's death on 11 August 2012, the decision was made to rename the champion's trophy to the Sid Waddell trophy from the 2013 tournament onwards.[2]

Origins[edit]

In 1992, some high profile players, including all previous winners of the BDO World Darts Championship still active in the game, formed the WDC (now PDC), and in 1994, held their first World Championship. Dennis Priestley won the inaugural competition.

The players who broke away were taking a significant gamble - the tournament was broadcast on satellite television rather than terrestrial, and from 1994 to 2001, the prize fund for the players in the WDC/PDC World Championship was lower than the players in the BDO version, although the 1997 PDC World Champion got £45,000 compared to the 1997 BDO World Champion getting £38,000. In 2002, the PDC prize fund overtook the BDO for the first time and the PDC event now boasts the largest prize fund of any darts competition, the PDC and sponsors Ladbrokes have announced that prize money will reach £1 million by 2010 with the winner set to collect £200,000.

The 2014 PDC World Champion will collect £250,000.

Final Results and statistics[edit]

Year Champion (average in final)[3] T. Score Runner-Up (average in final) Sponsor Prize Money Venue
Total[4] Champion Runner-Up
1994 England Dennis Priestley (94.38) 1st 6–1 England Phil Taylor (90.62) Skol £64,000 £16,000 £8,000 Circus Tavern
Purfleet
1995 England Phil Taylor (94.11) 1st 6–2 England Rod Harrington (87.15) Proton Cars £55,000 £12,000 £6,000
1996 England Phil Taylor (98.52) 2nd 6–4 England Dennis Priestley (101.48) Vernons £61,000 £14,000 £7,000
1997 England Phil Taylor (100.92) 3rd 6–3 England Dennis Priestley (96.78) Red Band £98,000 £45,000 £10,000
1998 England Phil Taylor (103.98) 4th 6–0 England Dennis Priestley (90.75) Skol £71,000 £20,000
1999 England Phil Taylor (97.11) 5th 6–2 England Peter Manley (93.63) £104,000 £30,000 £16,000
2000 England Phil Taylor (94.42) 6th 7–3 England Dennis Priestley (91.80) £110,000 £31,000 £16,400
2001 England Phil Taylor (107.46) 7th 7–0 Canada John Part (92.58) £124,000 £33,000 £18,000
2002 England Phil Taylor (98.47) 8th 7–0 England Peter Manley (91.35) £200,000 £50,000 £25,000
2003 Canada John Part (96.87) 1st 7–6 England Phil Taylor (99.98) Ladbrokes
2004 England Phil Taylor (96.03) 9th 7–6 England Kevin Painter (90.48) £256,000
2005 England Phil Taylor (96.14) 10th 7–4 England Mark Dudbridge (90.66) £300,000 £60,000 £30,000
2006 England Phil Taylor (106.74) 11th 7–0 England Peter Manley (91.72) £500,000 £100,000 £50,000
2007 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (100.93) 1st 7–6 England Phil Taylor (100.86)
2008 Canada John Part (92.86) 2nd 7–2 England Kirk Shepherd (85.10) £589,000 Alexandra Palace
London
2009 England Phil Taylor (110.94) 12th 7–1 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (101.18) £724,000 £125,000 £60,000
2010 England Phil Taylor (104.38) 13th 7–3 Australia Simon Whitlock (100.51) £868,000 £150,000
2011 England Adrian Lewis (99.40) 1st 7–5 Scotland Gary Anderson (99.41) £1,000,000 £200,000 £100,000
2012 England Adrian Lewis (93.06) 2nd 7–3 England Andy Hamilton (90.83)
2013 England Phil Taylor (103.04) 14th 7–4 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (100.66)
2014 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (100.10) 1st 7–4 Scotland Peter Wright (95.71) £1,050,000 £250,000
2015 Scotland Gary Anderson (97.68) 1st 7–6 England Phil Taylor (100.69) William Hill £1,250,000 £250,000 £120,000

Finalists[edit]

The Alexandra Palace, where the tournament has been held since 2008.
Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals
1 Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor  England 14 4 18
2 Part, JohnJohn Part  Canada 2 1 3
3 Lewis, AdrianAdrian Lewis  England 2 0 2
4 Priestley, DennisDennis Priestley  England 1 4 5
5 van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld  Netherlands 1 1 2
5 van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen  Netherlands 1 1 2
5 Anderson, GaryGary Anderson  Scotland 1 1 2
8 Manley, PeterPeter Manley  England 0 3 3
9 Harrington, RodRod Harrington  England 0 1 1
9 Painter, KevinKevin Painter  England 0 1 1
9 Dudbridge, MarkMark Dudbridge  England 0 1 1
9 Shepherd, KirkKirk Shepherd  England 0 1 1
9 Whitlock, SimonSimon Whitlock  Australia 0 1 1
9 Hamilton, AndyAndy Hamilton  England 0 1 1
9 Wright, PeterPeter Wright  Scotland 0 1 1

Nine-dart Finishes[edit]

Player Year Round Result Opponent
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2009 Quarter-Final Won Netherlands Jelle Klaasen
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2010 2nd Round Won Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan
England Adrian Lewis 2011 Final Won Scotland Gary Anderson
England Dean Winstanley 2013 2nd Round Lost Netherlands Vincent van der Voort
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2013 Semi Final Won England James Wade
England Terry Jenkins 2014 1st Round Lost Denmark Per Laursen
Australia Kyle Anderson 2014 1st Round Lost England Ian White
England Adrian Lewis 2015 3rd Round Lost Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld

Averages[edit]

Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.

Prior to the split there had been only three occasions when a player had managed to achieve an average of 100 for a match:

Ton+ averages prior to the split
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
102.63 England Dennis Priestley 1993, 1st Round Scotland Jocky Wilson 3–0
100.50 England Phil Taylor 1990, Semi Final England Cliff Lazarenko 5–0
100.29 England Keith Deller 1985, Quarter-Final England John Lowe 2–4

An average over 100 in a match in the PDC World Championship has since been achieved 95 times, compared to 20 times in the BDO World Championship. 16 different men have achieved an average of over 100 in the PDC tournament, compared to 8 different men in the BDO tournament since the split in 1994.

An average of over 105 in a match in the PDC World Championship has been achieved 22 times, compared to 0 times in the BDO World Championship. The highest match average ever in the BDO World Championship is 103.83 by Raymond van Barneveld in his Quarter final victory over John Walton in 2004.

Ten highest PDC World Championship one-match averages:[5]
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
111.21 England Phil Taylor 2002, 2nd Round England Shayne Burgess 6–1
110.94 England Phil Taylor 2009, Final Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 7–1
109.00 England Phil Taylor 2007, 2nd Round Republic of Ireland Mick McGowan 4–1
108.80 England Phil Taylor 2009, Quarter-Final Netherlands Co Stompé 5–0
108.39 Scotland Gary Anderson 2011, 3rd Round England Andy Smith 4–0
108.31 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2013, 1st Round England Michael Smith 3–0
108.30 England Phil Taylor 2006, 3rd Round England Andy Hamilton 4–0
107.46 England Phil Taylor 2001, Final Canada John Part 7–0
107.37 England Phil Taylor 2010, Quarter-Final England Adrian Lewis 5–0
106.74 England Phil Taylor 2006, Final England Peter Manley 7–0


Five highest losing averages on PDC World Darts Championship
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
102.95 England Adrian Lewis 2010, Quarter-Final England Phil Taylor 0–5
102.78 England Michael Smith 2015, 3rd Round England Stephen Bunting 2–4
101.49 Scotland Robert Thornton 2015, Quarter-Final Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2–5
101.48 England Dennis Priestley 1996, Final England Phil Taylor 4–6
101.35 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2015, Semi Final Scotland Gary Anderson 3–6


Different players on PDC World Darts Championship ton+ match average
Player Total Highest Av. Year (+ Round)
England Phil Taylor 41 111.21 2002, 2nd Round
Scotland Gary Anderson 10 108.39 2011, 3rd Round
England Adrian Lewis 10 106.51 2010, 1st Round
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 8 108.31 2013, 1st Round
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 8 105.26 2015, Quarter-Final
Australia Simon Whitlock 4 105.37 2010, Quarter-Final
Scotland Peter Wright 3 105.07 2014, 3rd Round
England Terry Jenkins 2 102.64 2012, 3rd Round
England Andy Hamilton 2 102.04 2011, Quarter-Final
England Michael Smith 1 102.78 2015, 3rd Round
Netherlands Co Stompé 1 102.42 2010, 3rd Round
England Stephen Bunting 1 102.34 2015, 3rd Round
Republic of Ireland Mick McGowan 1 101.82 2007, 2nd Round
Scotland Robert Thornton 1 101.49 2015, Quarter-Final
England Dennis Priestley 1 101.48 1996, Final
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 1 100.72 2015, 2nd Round

Television coverage[edit]

The stage at the 2009 World Championship.

The PDC World Championship has been broadcast live and in its entirety by Sky Sports in the UK since its inception. Since 2009 the tournament has been shot in High Definition (HD). The tournament has become more and more popular in recent years with the 2007 World Final achieving a viewing figure in excess of 1 million for the first time. Sky's contract to cover the event was extended until 2013, which was the 20th year of the tournament.[6] Sky Sports coverage is presented by Dave Clark or David Croft, they present from a studio overlooking Alexandra Palace alongside Eric Bristow, Wayne Mardle, Rod Harrington & John Part. Commentary is provided by Stuart Pyke, Rod Studd, Nigel Pearson, David Croft, Wayne Mardle & John Part. Croft & Part previously worked for BBC coverage of the BDO World Darts Championship. Former commentators for Sky Sports include Sid Waddell (who sadly died in 2012), Dave Lanning & John Gwynne (who now commentates for British Eurosport BDO Coverage). Jeff Stelling is a former long-time presenter of Sky Sports' Darts coverage, covering a period of nearly 9 years.

Sky Sports Darts Team:

  • Eric Bristow (1993–present)
  • Dave Clark: (2001–present)
  • Stuart Pyke: (2003–present, Also works for ITV Sport Darts Coverage 2007–present)
  • Rod Harrington: (2005–present)
  • Nigel Pearson: (2005–present)
  • Rod Studd: (2008–present)
  • Wayne Mardle: (2010–present)
  • David Croft: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 2003–2012)
  • John Part: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 1995–2007)
  • Dave Lanning: (1993–2010 & 2013, Previously worked for ITV Sport Darts Coverage 1972–1988)
  • John Gwynne: (1993–2013, Now with Eurosport BDO Darts Coverage 2014–present)
  • Sid Waddell: (1994–2012, Died from Cancer. Previously worked for BBC Sport Darts Coverage 1978–1994)
  • Jeff Stelling: (1993–2002)
  • David Bobin: (2003)


World Final viewing figures[edit]

[7]

Year Broadcaster
Sky Television Netherlands Germany SPORT1
2015 1,5 million peak[8] 908,000 (RTL 7)[9] 1,360,000[10]
2014 668,000 2,054,000 (RTL 7) 560,000[11]
2013 1,270,000[12] 1,748,000 (RTL 7) 810,000
2012 728,000 762,000 (RTL 7)
2011 920,000 435,000 (SBS6)
2010 888,000 854,000 (SBS6) 730,000
2009 809,000 1,441,000 (SBS6) 490,000
2008 731,000 211.000 (compilation SBS6) 340,000
2007 1,028,000 1,339,000 (SBS6)
2006 761,000
2005 530,000
2004 820,000
2003 610,000
2002 Unavailable
2001 420,000
2000 240,000
1999 200,000

Dutch broadcaster SBS6, having covered the BDO World Darts Championship for many years, also covers the event until RTL7 took over broadcasting. Fox Sports (USA), TSN (Canada), Fox Sports (Australia), SuperSport (South Africa), Ten Sports (India), CCTV (China), Showtime (Middle East), Ukraine TV, Sky New Zealand, IKO (Poland), Starhub (Singapore), Sport1 (Hungary), Meersat (Malaysia), 7TV (Russia), Measat (Indonesia), J Sports (Japan) now also broadcast the event.

The PDC world championship events are now broadcast on www.livepdc.tv which shows the events live, highlights and also classic matches. This website is a subscription only viewing and is limited to certain territorial restrictions.

Records[edit]

Since the split in darts two versions of the world championship have existed since 1994, this record section relates specifically to achievements in the PDC version:

Most titles: 14, Phil Taylor. Taylor's two BDO titles take his total to 16, a record across both organisations.[13] John Part and Adrian Lewis are in second place with two PDC titles each.[14]
Most finals: 18, Phil Taylor, 1994-2007, 2009-2010, 2013 and 2015.[15]
Most match wins: 100, Phil Taylor, 1994-2015. Taylor has only lost eight matches at the tournament and reached every final from 1994 until 2008, when he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Wayne Mardle.[16] [17] [18]
Longest unbeaten run: 44 matches, Phil Taylor, 1995-2003, between his defeats in the 1994 and 2003 finals.
Most 180s in a tournament: 625 in 2015.[19] This beat the previous record set in 2014, when the tournament total of 603.[20]
Most 180s in a tournament (individual): 64, Gary Anderson (2015)[21]
Most appearances: 22, Phil Taylor. Taylor is the only player to have appeared in all 22 editions of the championship.[22]
Youngest player: Mitchell Clegg, 16 years and 37 days. Clegg qualified as a 15 year old in 2007. He was younger than Michael van Gerwen, who set the BDO World Championship youngest player record a few weeks later
Youngest finalist: Kirk Shepherd, 21 years and 88 days In the 2008 final,[23] Shepherd was two days younger than Jelle Klaasen, who won the BDO title in 2006.
Record TV audience: 1,500,000 (2015 Final). The 2007 final was the first time that Sky Television achieved a viewing figure of over 1 million for a darts match. The 2013 final had a 1.2 million average, with 10 million viewers over the course of the tournament.[24]
Nine-dart finishes: Eight 9-darters by Six players.
Both versions of World Championship: Four players. Dennis Priestley was the first player to win both versions of the World Championship,[27][28] winning the 1991 BDO Championship and the 1994 PDC Championship. Phil Taylor, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld have since matched the feat.[29][30]
Overseas World Champions: Three players. John Part was the first player from outside the UK to win the PDC World Championship with his 2003 title, followed by Raymond van Barneveld in 2007 and Michael van Gerwen in 2014. Part was also the first overseas player to win the BDO title, doing so in 1994

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ New venue announcement BBC Sport
  2. ^ World Darts Trophy Named After Waddell. News.sky.com (2012-08-13). Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
  3. ^ Each player's average score is based on the average for each 3-dart visit to the board (ie total points scored divided by darts thrown and multiplied by 3)
  4. ^ PDC World Championship prize fund dartsdatabase
  5. ^ dartsdatabase.co.uk; best winning averages
  6. ^ Sky Sports hits 20 with World Darts Championship planetdarts.tv
  7. ^ BARB viewing figures
  8. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a619350/gary-andersons-pdc-world-darts-win-pulls-in-viewers-for-sky-sports.html
  9. ^ Kijkonderzoek. Retrieved on 2015-01-05.
  10. ^ http://www.quotenmeter.de/n/75469/der-grosse-wurf-darts-finale-fuehrt-sport1-zu-allzeit-rekord
  11. ^ DWDL: Darts-WM: Sport1 katapultiert sich vor Vox
  12. ^ BARB. BARB. Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
  13. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  14. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentPlayerStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  15. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  16. ^ "PDC WC Match wins page 1". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "PDC WC match wins page 2". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "PDC WC match wins page 3". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  19. ^ dartsdatabase.co.uk; Total 180s 2015
  20. ^ dartsdatabase.co.uk; Total 180s 2014
  21. ^ dartsdatabse.co.uk; Most 180's in a tournament
  22. ^ dartsdatabase.co.uk; tournament appearances
  23. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentStats.aspx?tournKey=11
  24. ^ pdc.tv; Record Viewing Figures
  25. ^ http://www.pdpa.co.uk/Page/Content/111
  26. ^ http://www.pdpa.co.uk/Page/Content/111
  27. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?tournKey=11
  28. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?TournKey=2
  29. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?tournKey=11
  30. ^ http://www.dartsdatabase.co.uk/TournamentDetails.aspx?TournKey=2

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