1997 BDO World Darts Championship

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Embassy World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 4–12 January 1997
Venue Lakeside Country Club
Location Frimley Green, Surrey
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) BDO
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £158,000
Winners share £38,000
High checkout 170 Scotland Les Wallace
Champion(s)
Scotland Les Wallace[1]
«1996 1998»

The 1997 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 4–12 January 1997 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. It was won by Les Wallace, who became the second Scotsman to become World Darts Champion after Jocky Wilson won it twice in 1982 and 1989. Wallace defeated Wales' Marshall James 6-3 in the final. Wallace also became the first left-handed player to win either version of the World Darts Championship. It was also the second time in four years that two unseeded players had reached the Embassy final, and remains the most recent occasion that this has occurred.

Seeds[edit]

  1. England Martin Adams
  2. Netherlands Roland Scholten
  3. Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
  4. Wales Richie Burnett
  5. England Steve Beaton
  6. England Colin Monk
  7. England Ronnie Baxter
  8. England Andy Fordham

Prize money[edit]

The prize money was £152,400.

Champion: £38,000
Runner-Up: £19,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £8,700
Quarter-Finalists (4): £4,400
Last 16 (8): £3,350
Last 32 (16): £2,100

There was also a 9 Dart Checkout prize of £52,000, along with a High Checkout prize of £1,600.

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 Martin Adams (97.05) 1
United States Roger Carter (94.50) 3
  United States Roger Carter (85.62) 3
Canada John Part (86.79) 1
  Canada John Part (87.54) 3
Scotland Alan Brown (81.06) 1
  United States Roger Carter (86.61) 3
Wales Marshall James (90.36) 4
8 England Andy Fordham (87.45) 3
England Matt Clark (89.88) 2
8 England Andy Fordham (87.45) 2
Wales Marshall James (89.94) 3
  Wales Marshall James (82.17) 3
England William Burnsfield (73.47) 1
Wales Marshall James (89.88) 5
5 England Steve Beaton (85.17) 4
5 England Steve Beaton (86.46) 3
Republic of Ireland Michael Thynne (86.23) 2
5 England Steve Beaton (92.52) 3
Northern Ireland Geoff Wylie (81.60) 0
  Northern Ireland Geoff Wylie (92.64) 3
England Andy Smith (87.93) 2
5 England Steve Beaton (91.17) 4
Belgium Leo Laurens (88.47) 3
4 Wales Richie Burnett (91.23) 3
Australia Peter Hinkley (79.23) 1
4 Wales Richie Burnett (88.95) 0
Belgium Leo Laurens (92.46) 3
  Belgium Leo Laurens (85.71) 3
Wales Ritchie Davies (83.43) 0
  Wales Marshall James (92.01) 3
Scotland Les Wallace (92.19) 6
2 Netherlands Roland Scholten (88.44) 3
England Mike Gregory (87.60) 2
2 Netherlands Roland Scholten (88.62) 3
England Bobby George (83.10) 0
  England Bobby George (84.00) 3
England Mick Brooks (82.95) 1
2 Netherlands Roland Scholten (92.46) 2
England Mervyn King (91.77) 4
7 England Ronnie Baxter (85.86) 3
England Andy Jenkins (88.89) 0
7 England Ronnie Baxter (93.15) 2
England Mervyn King (96.78) 3
  England Mervyn King (91.50) 3
Australia Graham Hunt (87.57) 1
  England Mervyn King (96.84) 3
Scotland Les Wallace (94.02) 5
6 England Colin Monk (88.53) 3
England Chris Hornby (72.81) 0
6 England Colin Monk (85.68) 1
England Paul Williams (86.01) 3
  England Paul Williams (83.16) 3
Belgium Erik Clarys (81.99) 2
  England Paul Williams (95.34) 0
Scotland Les Wallace (96.78) 4
3 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (85.86) 3
Wales Sean Palfrey (77.88) 0
3 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (95.31) 2
Scotland Les Wallace (94.23) 3
  Scotland Les Wallace (99.45) 3
Scotland Bob Taylor (92.43) 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (20 July 2002), "History of Embassy Darts", BBC Sports (online), BBC News, retrieved 23 February 2011