1981 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Jollees Cabaret Club[1]
Location Stoke-on-Trent
Country England
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 9
Prize fund £23,300
Winners share £5,500
High checkout 170 England Tony Brown
Champion(s)
England Eric Bristow[2]
«1980 1982»

The 1981 Embassy World Darts Championship was the fourth year that the British Darts Organisation had staged a world championship. The field was expanded from 24 to 32 players, the format which would remain for many years. For the third successive year the tournament was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent.

Eric Bristow was back to defend his title and would face John Lowe the champion of two years previously in the final. The final was the best of nine sets, but there was a break scheduled after three sets where the third-fourth place play-off match would be held.

Lowe ran away with the first two sets without dropping a leg and took the first leg in the third set before Bristow finally got onto the scoreboard. The "Crafty Cockney" held on to take that third set to go into the break just one set behind. As in the previous year's final, Bristow edged ahead to lead 4-3 in sets and Lowe (as Bobby George did in 1980) had darts to take the match into a final set. However Lowe missed three attempts at double ten and Bristow took out double four to win the title for the second year running.

Seeds[edit]

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund was £22,800.

Champion: £5,500
Runner-Up: £2,500
3rd Place: £600
Semi-Finalists (2): £1,200
Quarter-Finalists (4): £750
Last 16 (8): £500
Last 32 (16): £300

There was also a 9 Dart Checkout prize of £52,000, along with a High Checkout prize of £500.

The results[edit]

First Round (best of 3 sets) Second round (best of 3) Quarter-Finals (best of 7) Semi-Finals (best of 7) Final (best of 9)
                             
1 England Eric Bristow (94.8) 2
Australia Terry O'Dea (82.2) 0
1 England Eric Bristow (84.9) 2
16 England Dave Whitcombe (79.2) 0
16 England Dave Whitcombe (87.9) 2
England Charlie Ellix (72) 0
1 England Eric Bristow (90.3) 4
8 United States Nicky Virachkul (79.2) 0
8 United States Nicky Virachkul (83.4) 2
England Tony Sontag (84.9) 1
8 United States Nicky Virachkul (79.5) 2
9 Scotland Rab Smith (81.3) 0
9 Scotland Rab Smith (87) 2
Wales Wayne Lock (78.6) 1
1 England Eric Bristow (89.4) 4
5 England Cliff Lazarenko (83.4) 1
5 England Cliff Lazarenko (78.3) 2
Canada Alan Hudson (57.9) 0
5 England Cliff Lazarenko (95.1) 2
United States Jerry Umberger (77.7) 0
12 United States Len Heard (65.7) 0
United States Jerry Umberger (80.4) 2
5 England Cliff Lazarenko (86.7) 4
4 England Bobby George (81.9) 0
4 England Bobby George (86.4) 2
Scotland Alistair Forrester (75.3) 0
4 England Bobby George (80.7) 2
Wales Tony Clark (75) 0
13 England Bill Lennard (79.8) 1
Wales Tony Clark (81.6) 2
1 England Eric Bristow (86.1) 5
3 England John Lowe (81) 3
2 England Tony Brown (82.5) 2
England Paul Gosling (79.5) 1
2 England Tony Brown (78.9) 2
15 Belgium Luc Marreel (76.8) 0
15 Belgium Luc Marreel (74.7) 2
Denmark Jan Larsen (65.4) 1
2 England Tony Brown (78) 4
7 Scotland Jocky Wilson (73.2) 2
7 Scotland Jocky Wilson (84.6) 2
New Zealand Gordon Allpress (76.8) 0
7 Scotland Jocky Wilson (82.8) 2
Australia Kevin White (81) 1
10 Sweden Stefan Lord (69.6) 1
Australia Kevin White (63.5) 2
2 England Tony Brown (88.8) 1
3 England John Lowe (90.3) 4
6 Wales Ceri Morgan (86.7) 2
England Doug McCarthy (86.1) 1
6 Wales Ceri Morgan (79.5) 2
11 Wales Leighton Rees (76.8) 1
11 Wales Leighton Rees (85.5) 2
Australia Tim Brown (83.1) 0
6 Wales Ceri Morgan (81) 3
3 England John Lowe (82.8) 4
3 England John Lowe (93.6) 2
Scotland Angus Ross (79.2) 0
3 England John Lowe (77.4) 2
14 Canada Allan Hogg (71.7) 0
14 Canada Allan Hogg (70.5) 2
England Les Capewell (72.9) 0

THIRD PLACE MATCH (Best of 3 sets)

England Cliff Lazarenko (82.8) 2 - 1 Tony Brown (83.1)England

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Championship of Darts". Learnaboutdarts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  2. ^ Ralph Hickok (16 January 2010). "History - World Darts Champions". HickokSports.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03.