1996 WDC World Darts Championship

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Vernons World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Circus Tavern
Location Purfleet, Essex
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC (WDC)
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £61,000
Winners share £14,000
High checkout 170 England Phil Taylor
170 England Kevin Spiolek
England Phil Taylor
«1995 1997»

The 1996 Vernons World Darts Championships was the third year that the Professional Darts Corporation (then known as the World Darts Council) held their own World Championships following an acrimonious split from the British Darts Organisation during 1992/93. The tournament had its third sponsor in as many years, with Vernons taking over from Proton Cars.

Although he hadn't officially announced his retirement, Jocky Wilson had played his last competitive televised match at the World Matchplay in Blackpool in the summer of 1995 so missed out on the World Championship for the first time since the 1979 Embassy Championship. Nigel Justice and Steve Raw were the two English players making their WDC World Championship debuts.

Phil Taylor gained revenge for his 1994 final defeat against Dennis Priestley to retain his title - his fourth overall World Championship victory.


Prize money[edit]

The prize fund was £61,000.

Champion: £14,000
Runner-Up: £7,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £4,000
Quarter-Finalists (4): £2,500
Group RU (8): £1,500
Group 3rd (8): £1,250


1st Round - Group Stages[edit]

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
Group 1 Winner Scotland Jamie Harvey 89.44 4
Group 2 winner United States Larry Butler 87.56 0
Scotland Jamie Harvey 90.48 1
England Dennis Priestley 94.39 5
Group 3 winner England Dennis Priestley 92.75 4
Group 4 winner England Alan Warriner 90.61 1
England Dennis Priestley 101.48 4
England Phil Taylor 98.52 6
Group 5 winner England Peter Evison 94.66 2
Group 6 winner England John Lowe 94.85 4
England John Lowe 86.58 1
England Phil Taylor 93.14 5
Group 7 winner England Keith Deller 86.29 0
Group 8 winner England Phil Taylor 94.22 4