1979 BDO World Darts Championship
|Embassy World Darts Championship|
|Dates||2–9 February 1979|
|Venue||Jollees Cabaret Club|
Final – best of 9
|High checkout||161 Tony Brown
The 1979 Embassy World Darts Championship was the second World Professional Championships. Having been held the previous year at the Heart of the Midlands Club in Nottingham, the event moved to Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent where it was to remain until 1985.
The tournament was held between 2 February and 9 February and had been expanded from 16 players to 24. The eight seeded players each received a bye into the second round. The format also changed from a straight matchplay (legs) to sets. Each set was the best of 5 legs. - For matches in the opening rounds the matches were best of three sets, - best of five for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final being best of 9 sets, split over an afternoon and evening session with the play-off for third held in between.
Defending champion, Leighton Rees of Wales again progressed to the final where he met John Lowe in a repeat of the inaugural championship. This time, Lowe was the top seed and came out on top in the final by 5 sets to 0.
With the expansion from 16 to 24 players in the finals, 11 players made their championship debuts, the most notable being John Wilson of Scotland, - no doubt to be soon known as Jocky. Wilson's performances over 1978 had enabled him to be seeded 8th for the tournament, and thus ensure a place in round 2 straight away.
Wilson entering the seeds meant he would replace Rab Smith, the Scot having to play the first round before moving into the later stages. England's John Lowe had risen to be number 1 seed, with Eric Bristow dropping to 2nd seed after his first round defeat a year earlier. Leighton Rees remained seeded 3, with Tony Brown moving up to number 4. The Semi-Finalist from 1978 Nicky Virachkul was seeded 5th with the other Last 4 man, Stefan Lord seeded 6th. Alan Evans was the 7th seed along with Wilson as 8th.
First round - Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February
The second Embassy World Championship opened up with the first surprise, Doug McCarthy's 2-1 win over Charlie Ellix. - McCarthy would meet Lowe in the last 16 later on in the event. Jim McQuillian, following Patrick Clifford as only the second Irishman to pay in the World Championship, looked comfortable in his 2-0 win over Murray Smith, whose long trek to Stoke from New Zealand was over before it had begun.
Total Prize fund was £15,000 (plus a £12,000 bonus for a nine-dart finish - not won)
- Champion £4,500
- Runner-up £2,000
- Third Place £1,500
- Fourth Place £1,000
- Quarter finalists £500
- 2nd round losers £300
- 1st round losers £200
Best of 3 sets
Best of 3 sets
Best of 5 sets
Best of 5 sets
Best of 9 sets
|Charlie Ellix 69.21||1||1||John Lowe 88.83||2|
|Doug McCarthy 70.20||2||Doug McCarthy 71.73||0|
|1||John Lowe 83.46||3|
|8||Jocky Wilson 78.18||1|
|Murray Smith 68.73||0||8||Jocky Wilson 70.83||2|
|Jim McQuillan 72.39||2||Jim McQuillan 73.50||1|
|1||John Lowe 89.22||3|
|4||Tony Brown 88.17||2|
|Andy Green 70.32||1||5||Nicky Virachkul 86.61||1|
|Alan Glazier 79.32||2||Alan Glazier 83.55||2|
|Alan Glazier 84.57||2|
|4||Tony Brown 84.45||3|
|Barry Atkinson 72.00||1||4||Tony Brown 83.40||2|
|Ceri Morgan 79.92||2||Ceri Morgan 70.23||0|
|1||John Lowe 87.42||5|
|3||Leighton Rees 76.62||0|
|Cliff Lazarenko 79.59||0||2||Eric Bristow 79.08||2|
|Terry O'Dea 81.42||2||Terry O'Dea 65.40||0|
|2||Eric Bristow 69.33||1|
|7||Alan Evans 82.65||3|
|Tony Sontag 84.36||0||7||Alan Evans 79.74||2|
|Ronnie Davies 89.40||2||Ronnie Davies 82.32||0|
|7||Alan Evans 81.72||1|
|3||Leighton Rees 82.83||3|
|Conrad Daniels 72.30||1||6||Stefan Lord 79.47||1|
|Rab Smith 74.70||2||Rab Smith 79.35||2|
|Rab Smith 74.52||0|
|3||Leighton Rees 83.16||3|
|Bill Lennard 76.17||0||3||Leighton Rees 75.93||2|
|Tony Clark 77.79||2||Tony Clark 72.15||1|
John Lowe won the final 5-0 (3-1, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2, 3-0)and won the 1979 Embassy World Darts Championship. The third place match didn't take place due to illness of Alan Evans so Tony Brown took the third spot.