World Masters (darts)
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|Winmau World Masters|
|Venue||Hull City Hall|
|Location||Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire|
|Month(s) Played||Varies between September–December|
| Stephen Bunting
The Winmau World Masters is one of the longest running and most prestigious professional darts tournaments, which began in 1974 - even before the current World Professional Championship. The tournament has been sponsored by Darts board manufacturer, Winmau for 30 years and they have currently extended their contract to sponsor the event until 2015.
It was previously the final leg of the BDO’s Grand Slam title of televised majors, along with the Topic International Darts League, the Bavaria World Darts Trophy and the Lakeside World Professional Championship. However, it is now one of only three major BDO events and is considered to be the second biggest tournament after the World Championship. The champion is prestigiously referred to as the World Master.
Most tournament wins 5 - Eric Bristow. Bob Anderson and Martin Adams have both notched 3 wins (also both achieving 'hatricks' by winning in three consecutive years). Dave Whitcombe, John Lowe, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting have won the Masters twice each.
Double Champion Leeanne Maddock (1992) Aged 17 years won both the youth title and women's title.
Joint World Championship & Masters Champions Only five players have ever won the World Masters and the World Professional Championship in the same season. Eric Bristow achieved the feat three times (1979 Masters 1980 World, 1983–84 and 1984–85). Bob Anderson (1987–88), Richie Burnett (1994–95), John Walton (2000–01) and Martin Adams (2009–10 and 2010-11) were the others. There have been two other instances of players holding both championships at the same time (Phil Taylor 1990 and Raymond van Barneveld 2005) - but these were not during the same season which is considered to end with the World Championship.
Not Dropping A Set Stephen Bunting's 2013 win was achieved without dropping a set.
There are 12 players who have won the Masters and World Professional during their careers - Bristow, Anderson, Walton and Burnett plus John Lowe, Phil Taylor, Dennis Priestley, Steve Beaton, Les Wallace, Andy Fordham, Raymond van Barneveld and Martin Adams.
- 1974-1988 ITV
- 1989-1991 Not Broadcast
- 1992 Sky Sports
- 1993-2000 Not Broadcast
- 2001-2010 BBC
- 2011-2012 ESPN
- 2013 Eurosport