1994 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 1–8 January 1994
Venue Lakeside Country Club
Location Frimley Green, Surrey
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £136,100
Winners share £32,000
High checkout 161 Scotland Trevor Nurse
161 Denmark Troels Rusel
161 Sweden Magnus Caris
161 England Nick Gedney
Champion(s)
Canada John Part
«1993 1995»

The 1994 Embassy World Darts Championship was held following two years of controversy within the sport of darts. After the 1993 Championships, several players decided it was time to part company with the British Darts Organisation and form their own organisation, known as the World Darts Council. By the start of this tournament, the WDC were in the closing days of their own 1994 World Championship, with Dennis Priestley going on to beat Phil Taylor in the final.

Phil Taylor, Dennis Priestley, Rod Harrington, Alan Warriner, Peter Evison, Richie Gardner, Jocky Wilson, Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, John Lowe, Bob Anderson, Cliff Lazarenko, Kevin Spiolek, Jamie Harvey, Mike Gregory and Chris Johns were the players who formed the WDC and therefore did not participate at these 1994 Championships. Mike Gregory and Chris Johns eventually decided to go back to the BDO, but were unable to play in the 1994 BDO World Championship as their change of heart came too late for them to be able to qualify.

Of the 32 players who took part in the 1994 Embassy World Championship, 17 were world championship debutants, with many having never appeared in front of TV cameras before, including the eventual champion, John Part. Of the remaining 15 players in the tournament, only 8 of those had appeared in the 1993 Embassy World Championship, with the other 7 having previously appeared in the Embassy World Championship in years before 1993.

In an astonishing first round, 7 out of the 8 seeded players were knocked out, including the new BDO World Number One, Steve Beaton who had risen to the top of the rankings as a result of the defecting players. Only number 3 seed Roland Scholten managed to win his first round match, although he went out in round two.

As a result, players previously unheard of had a chance to make a name for themselves and Canada's John Part dropped only one set en route to the Championship. He beat Ronnie Baxter, Paul Lim, Steve McCollum and Ronnie Sharp on the way to final. Part then overwhelmed Bobby George 6-0 in the final.[1]

George, despite struggling with back problems, had reached his first final in 14 years. His semi-final against Sweden's Magnus Caris saw him comeback from 4 sets to 2 down, winning 9 successive legs to secure his place in the final.[2] In the final, George hit less than 10% of his checkouts (5 from 49 attempts [1]) and that was the difference as Part became the first player from outside the United Kingdom to win the World Championship. Despite being a surprise winner at the time, Part would also go on to win the PDC's version of the world championship on two occasions.

Future three-time winner Martin Adams would also make his debut in this year's tournament. He has since qualified for the event every year since, meaning he has the record for the BDO World Championship and is behind only Phil Taylor for ongoing consecutive appearances across both versions of the world championship.

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund was £136,100.

Champion: £32,000
Runner-Up: £16,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £7,700
Quarter-Finalists (4): £3,800
Last 16 (8): £2,800
Last 32 (16): £1,500

There was also a 9 Dart Checkout prize of £52,000, along with a High Checkout prize of £1,500.

Seeds[edit]

  1. England Steve Beaton
  2. England Ronnie Baxter
  3. Netherlands Roland Scholten
  4. Australia Wayne Weening
  5. Denmark Per Skau
  6. England Dave Askew
  7. England Shayne Burgess
  8. Australia Russell Stewart

The Results[edit]

First Round (best of 5 sets) Second Round (best of 5 sets) Quarter-Finals (best of 7 sets) Semi-Finals (best of 9 sets) Final (best of 11 sets)
                             
1 England Steve Beaton (89.40) 2
England Nick Gedney (87.21) 3
  England Nick Gedney (85.14) 2
England Kevin Kenny (82.17) 3
  England Kevin Kenny (88.23) 3
England Kevin Painter (85.68) 2
  England Kevin Kenny (82.29) 2
England Bobby George (81.54) 4
8 Australia Russell Stewart (79.17) 0
England Bobby George (84.06) 3
  England Bobby George (91.71) 3
Wales Martin Phillips (83.01) 1
  Wales Martin Phillips (85.53) 3
Wales Richard Herbert (86.13) 2
  England Bobby George (89.43) 5
Sweden Magnus Caris (88.41) 4
5 Denmark Per Skau (78.30) 0
England Martin Adams (93.00) 3
  England Martin Adams (90.21) 3
Scotland Bob Taylor (87.24) 1
  Scotland Bob Taylor (89.52) 3
United States Tony Payne (82.68) 0
  England Martin Adams (85.86) 2
Sweden Magnus Caris (88.05) 4
4 Australia Wayne Weening (86.25) 2
Sweden Magnus Caris (86.25) 3
  Sweden Magnus Caris (91.68) 3
Belgium Leo Laurens (75.72) 0
  Belgium Leo Laurens (87.33) 3
Wales Eric Burden (88.86) 0
  England Bobby George (80.30) 0
Canada John Part (82.44) 6
2 England Ronnie Baxter (81.66) 0
Canada John Part (85.23) 3
  Canada John Part (83.22) 3
Singapore Paul Lim (79.11) 0
  Singapore Paul Lim (84.84) 3
United States Jim Danmore (80.19) 0
  Canada John Part (90.99) 4
England Steve McCollum (86.13) 0
7 England Shayne Burgess (77.52) 0
England Steve McCollum (80.31) 3
  England Steve McCollum (86.85) 3
England Colin Monk (84.15) 1
  England Colin Monk (85.14) 3
Denmark Jann Hoffmann (81.42) 0
  Canada John Part (88.98) 5
Scotland Ronnie Sharp (87.51) 1
6 England Dave Askew (72.51) 0
England Ian Sarfas (78.96) 3
  England Ian Sarfas (81.96) 1
Denmark Troels Rusel (82.47) 3
  Denmark Troels Rusel (83.64) 3
Scotland Alan Brown (84.60) 1
  Denmark Troels Rusel (73.38) 1
Scotland Ronnie Sharp (81.75) 4
3 Netherlands Roland Scholten (88.95) 3
Wales Sean Palfrey (85.59) 0
3 Netherlands Roland Scholten (86.19) 1
Scotland Ronnie Sharp (84.69) 3
  Scotland Ronnie Sharp (82.02) 3
Scotland Trevor Nurse (78.15) 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darts: George whitewashed, Part satisfied". The Independent. 9 January 1994. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Darts: George has the final word". The Independent. 8 January 1994. Retrieved 2010-01-10.