PDC World Darts Championship
World Darts Championship
|Format||Legs (preliminaries and 3rd/4th place play off)
Sets (from first round)
|Prize Fund||£1,000,000 (2010)|
The PDC World Darts Championship is a world championship competition for the sport of darts, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). It was introduced following a dispute in 1994 with the British Darts Organisation, which has run its own world championship since 1978. The biggest of the PDC tournaments, it traditionally begins in late December, finishing in early January just as the BDO's version gets underway.
Only 5 players have won this championship: Dennis Priestley, Phil Taylor, John Part, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis. Of these, only Taylor, Lewis and Part have won it more than once. In addition, Lewis is the only PDC World Champion never to have won the BDO World Championship. Taylor has dominated the tournament, winning 14 titles and reaching 16 of the first 17 finals. Interestingly, no left-handed player has won the PDC World Championship.
In 1994 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 began to organise their own World Championships. 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 the prize fund for the early WDC World Championships was lower than the BDO version. 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.
Final Results and statistics
|Year||Champion (average in final)||T.||Score||Runner-Up (average in final)||Sponsor||Prize Money||Venue|
|1994||Dennis Priestley (94.38)||1st||6–1||Phil Taylor (90.62)||Skol||£64,000||£16,000||£8,000||Circus Tavern
|1995||Phil Taylor (94.11)||1st||6–2||Rod Harrington (87.15)||Proton Cars||£55,000||£12,000||£6,000|
|1996||Phil Taylor (98.52)||2nd||6–4||Dennis Priestley (101.49)||Vernons||£61,000||£14,000||£7,000|
|1997||Phil Taylor (100.92)||3rd||6–3||Dennis Priestley (96.78)||Red Band||£98,000||£45,000||£10,000|
|1998||Phil Taylor (103.98)||4th||6–0||Dennis Priestley (90.75)||Skol||£71,000||£20,000||£10,000|
|1999||Phil Taylor (97.11)||5th||6–2||Peter Manley (93.63)||£104,000||£30,000||£16,000|
|2000||Phil Taylor (94.42)||6th||7–3||Dennis Priestley (91.80)||£110,000||£31,000||£16,400|
|2001||Phil Taylor (107.46)||7th||7–0||John Part (92.58)||£124,000||£33,000||£18,000|
|2002||Phil Taylor (98.47)||8th||7–0||Peter Manley (91.35)||£200,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2003||John Part (96.87)||1st||7–6||Phil Taylor (99.98)||Ladbrokes||£200,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2004||Phil Taylor (96.03)||9th||7–6||Kevin Painter (90.48)||£256,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2005||Phil Taylor (96.14)||10th||7–4||Mark Dudbridge (90.66)||£300,000||£60,000||£30,000|
|2006||Phil Taylor (106.74)||11th||7–0||Peter Manley (91.72)||£500,000||£100,000||£50,000|
|2007||Raymond van Barneveld (100.93)||1st||7–6||Phil Taylor (100.86)||£500,000||£100,000||£50,000|
|2008||John Part (92.86)||2nd||7–2||Kirk Shepherd (85.10)||£589,000||£100,000||£50,000||Alexandra Palace
|2009||Phil Taylor (110.94)||12th||7–1||Raymond van Barneveld (101.18)||£724,000||£125,000||£60,000|
|2010||Phil Taylor (104.38)||13th||7–3||Simon Whitlock (100.51)||£868,000||£150,000||£60,000|
|2011||Adrian Lewis (99.40)||1st||7–5||Gary Anderson (99.41)||£1,000,000||£200,000||£100,000|
|2012||Adrian Lewis (93.06)||2nd||7–3||Andy Hamilton (90.83)||£1,000,000||£200,000||£100,000|
|2013||Phil Taylor (103.04)||14th||7–4||Michael van Gerwen (100.66)||£1,000,000||£200,000||£100,000|
|Raymond van Barneveld||1||1|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||1|
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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:
- 102.63 Dennis Priestley (1993, 1st Round) v Jocky Wilson
- 100.80 Phil Taylor (1990, Semi-Final) v Cliff Lazarenko
- 100.29 Keith Deller (1985, Quarter-Final) v John Lowe (lost match)
An average over 100 in a match in the PDC World Championship has since been achieved 59 times, compared to 20 times in the BDO World Championships, despite the BDO tournament's longer history. 9 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.
|Ten highest PDC World Championship one-match averages:|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|111.21||Phil Taylor||2002, 2nd Round||Shayne Burgess||6–1|
|110.94||Phil Taylor||2009, Final||Raymond van Barneveld||7–1|
|109.00||Phil Taylor||2007, 2nd Round||Mick McGowan||4–1|
|108.80||Phil Taylor||2009, Quarter-Final||Co Stompé||5–0|
|108.39||Gary Anderson||2011, 3rd Round||Andy Smith||4–0|
|108.31||Raymond van Barneveld||2013, 1st Round||Michael Smith||3–0|
|108.30||Phil Taylor||2006, 3rd Round||Andy Hamilton||4–0|
|107.58||Phil Taylor||2001, Final||John Part||7–0|
|107.37||Phil Taylor||2010, Quarter-Final||Adrian Lewis||5–0|
|106.74||Phil Taylor||2006, Final||Peter Manley||7–0|
|Different players on PDC World Championship ton+ match average|
|Player||Highets Av.||Year (+ Round)||Total|
|Phil Taylor||111,21||2002, 2nd Round||35|
|Raymond van Barneveld||108,31||2013, 1st Round||8|
|Adrian Lewis||106,51||2010, 1st Round||7|
|Gary Anderson||108,39||2011, 3rd Round||6|
|Simon Whitlock||105,37||2010, QF||4|
|Michael van Gerwen||102,73||2013, QF||3|
|Terry Jenkins||102,64||2012, 3rd Round||2|
|Andy Hamilton||102,04||2011, QF||2|
|Co Stompé||102,42||2010, 3rd Round||1|
|Mick McGowan||101,82||2007, 2nd Round||1|
|Dennis Priestley||101,49||1996, Final||1|
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 has been extended until 2013, which will be the 20th year of the tournament.
World Final viewing figures
|Sky Television||Netherlands RTL7||Germany SPORT1|
|2010||888,000||854,000 (SBS6)||730,000 (Peak 1 mio)|
|2009||809,000||1,441,000 (SBS6)||490,000 (Peak 910,000)|
|2008||731,000||211.000 (compilation SBS6)||340,000|
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.
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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: Phil Taylor 14 (2 BDO titles takes total to 16). John Part and Adrian Lewis are in second place with two PDC titles each.
- Most finals: Phil Taylor 17 (1994-2007, 2009-2010, & 2013)
- Most match wins: Phil Taylor 97 matches (1994 - 2011). Taylor has only lost five matches at the tournament and reached every final until the 2008 tournament when he was knocked out in the Quarter Final by Wayne Mardle then in the same position in 2011 by Mark Webster.
- Longest unbeaten run: Phil Taylor 44 matches between his loss at the 1994 final and his next defeat the final of 2003
- Most 180s in a tournament: 588 in 2012. This beat the previous record set in 2010, when the tournament total of 507. 
- Most 180s in a tournament (individual): Adrian Lewis 60 (2011)
- Most appearances: Phil Taylor has appeared in all 20 editions of the championship.
- 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, Shepherd was two days younger than when Jelle Klaasen won the BDO version.
- Record TV audience: 1,500,000 (2013 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.
- Nine-dart finishes: Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis have thrown a nine-dart finish at the championships, while the former achieved it twice (2009 Quarter Finals vs. Jelle Klaasen and 2010 Second Round vs. Brendan Dolan) and the latter once (2011 Final vs. Gary Anderson). Recently Dean Winstanley became the third person to hit the Nine-Darter (in the Second Round vs. Vincent van der Voort at the 2013 Champtionships). After the 9-darter from Winstansley, in the semi-finals Michael van Gerwen hit the perfect leg in his match against James Wade.
- Both versions of World Championship: Dennis Priestley was the first player to have won both versions of the World Championship. He won the 1991 BDO Championship and 1994 PDC Championship. Phil Taylor, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld have also matched the feat.
- Overseas World Champions: John Part was the first player from outside the UK to win the PDC World Championship with his 2003 title, with Raymond van Barneveld the second overseas champion in 2007. Part was also the first overseas player to win the BDO title in 1994
Notes and references
- New venue announcement BBC Sport
- 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)
- PDC World Championship prize fund dartsdatabase
- dartsdatabase.co.uk; best winning averages
- Sky Sports hits 20 with World Darts Championship planetdarts.tv
- BARB viewing figures
- dartsdatabase.co.uk; Total 180s 2011
- dartsdatabse.co.uk; Most 180's in a tournament
- dartsdatabase.co.uk; tournament appearances
- pdc.tv; Record Viewing Figures