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.
Double Champion Leeanne Maddock (1992) Aged 17 years won both the youth title and women's title.
Joint World Championship & Masters Champions Only six 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), Martin Adams (2009–10 and 2010–11) and Stephen Bunting (2013-14) 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 13 players who have won the Masters and World Professional during their careers - Bristow, Anderson, Walton, Burnett, Adams, Bunting, Taylor and van Barneveld plus John Lowe, Dennis Priestley, Steve Beaton, Les Wallace and Andy Fordham.