World Darts Trophy
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|World Darts Trophy|
PDC (by invite)
|Prize fund||€194,000 (2007)|
The Bullit World Darts Trophy was a darts tournament run by the British Darts Organisation and the World Darts Federation. Tournament was held between 2002 and 2007 each September at De Vechtsebanen in Utrecht, Netherlands. The tournament had a playing format comparable with the two World Championships, the BDO World Darts Championship and the PDC World Darts Championship. Until 2007, it formed part of the BDO Grand Slam, along with the Lakeside World Championship, the Winmau World Masters and the International Darts League.
First held in 2002, the tournament was played under the auspices of the World Darts Federation, British Darts Organisation and the NDB (Nederlandse Darts Bond, the Dutch governing body of darts) and featured players from those organisations up to and including 2005.
However, in 2006, following Raymond van Barneveld's move to the PDC in February of that year, host broadcasters SBS 6, were able to grant invitations to five non-WDF affiliated players, meaning that players from the PDC would be able to compete in the event for the first time. Van Barneveld, along with Phil Taylor, Colin Lloyd, Ronnie Baxter and Peter Manley were given the five invitations that were offered to the PDC.
In 2007, the WDT included the top 12 players in the PDC Order of Merit and four PDC Qualifiers, giving a total of 16 PDC players who would line up alongside 12 from the WDF rankings and 4 wildcards, which were given to Jelle Klaasen, Michael van Gerwen, Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King, all of whom had left the BDO to join the PDC earlier that year.
However the tournament came to an end when the PDC decided not to allow their players to the compete in either of the two Dutch events in 2008.
End of event
Towards the end of 2007, the chairman of the PDC, Barry Hearn, announced that its players would not be competing in the 2008 International Darts League and World Darts Trophy events. As a result, SBS6 announced they would no longer be broadcasting the event, with their coverage relying heavily on big names such as van Barneveld, which then cast doubts over whether either tournament would go ahead.
The tournament promoters filed a lawsuit against the PDC and SBS6 claiming a contract had been agreed for the PDC players to be involved. The case ended in failure on 21 February 2008, and the International Darts League was indefinitely postponed. The future of the World Darts Trophy was also thrown into doubt as a result of the decision, and both events were confirmed defunct by the failure of an appeal on 29 April 2008.
- 2004–2006 Bavaria (Premium Dutch beer)
- 2007 Bullit (Energy drink)
- Winner €45,000
- Runner Up €22,500
- Joint 3rd 2 x €11,250
- Joint 5th 4 x €6,000
- Joint 9th 8 x €3,000
- Joint 17th 16 x €2,000
- Joint 33rd and 41st 24 x €1,000
- Totals €194,000
Final Results and statistics
|Year||Champion (average in final)||Score (sets)||Runner-up (average in final)|
|2002||Tony David (97.80)||6–0||Tony O'Shea (90.48)|
|2003||Raymond van Barneveld (104.91)||6–2||Mervyn King (98.07)|
|2004||Raymond van Barneveld (94.71)||6–4||Martin Adams (91.50)|
|2005||Gary Robson (91.50)||6–4||Mervyn King (88.80)|
|2006||Phil Taylor (102.21)||7–2||Martin Adams (94.77)|
|2007||Gary Anderson (103.32)||7–3||Phil Taylor (102.30)|
2002 Mieke de Boer beat Crissy Howat (now Crissy Manley) 3–1 (sets)
2003 Trina Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar 3–1 (sets)
2004 Francis Hoenselaar beat Anastasia Dobromyslova 3–1 (sets)
2005 Karin Krappen beat Francis Hoenselaar 3–1 (sets)
2006 Women's tournament discontinued
Junior WDT finals
2006 Ron Meulenkamp beat Sven van Dun 6–1 (legs)