1997 WDC World Darts Championship

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Red Band World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 29 December 1996–5 January 1997
Venue Circus Tavern
Location Purfleet, Essex
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) PDC (WDC)
Format Sets
Final – best of 11
Prize fund £98,000
Winners share £45,000
High checkout 170 England Peter Evison (2x)
170 England Steve Raw
170 England Dennis Priestley
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
«1996 1998»

The 1997 Red Band World Darts Championship was held between 29 December 1996–5 January 1997 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex. It was the fourth World Championship organised by the World Darts Council, which had acrimoniously split from the British Darts Organisation in 1992/93. As a result of an ongoing legal battle, this would be the last time that the WDC name would be used - an out-of-court settlement (Tomlin Order) in the summer of 1997 meant that the organisation had to change its name to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

Paul Lim, who famously hit a nine dart finish at the 1990 Embassy Championship appeared at his first WDC World Championship - he had only managed to qualify once for the Embassy since the split, losing a second round match to John Part in 1994.

The Championship saw two tight semi-finals, the most memorable of which was the clash between mentor and protégé - Eric Bristow and Phil Taylor. Taylor emerged victorious 5-4 in sets to reach the final. Ironically, he managed to equal his mentor's feat of five World Championship titles when he beat Dennis Priestley in the final. They were now level as the most successful players of all-time.

Seeds[edit]

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund was £98,000.

Champion: £45,000
Runner-Up: £10,000
3rd Place: £1,000
Semi-Finalists (2): £4,000
Quarter-Finalists (4): £3,000
Group RU (8): £1,500
Group 3rd (8): £1,250

Results[edit]

1st Round - Group Stages[edit]

Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England Eric Bristow 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
2 England (3) Bob Anderson 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
3 Canada Gary Mawson 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (6) Alan Warriner 2 2 0 6 2 +4 4
2 England Graeme Stoddart 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
3 United States Larry Butler 2 0 2 2 6 -4 0
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (7) Keith Deller 2 2 0 6 2 +4 4
2 England Dennis Smith 2 1 1 5 3 +2 2
3 England Kevin Spiolek 2 0 2 0 6 -6 0
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (2) Phil Taylor 2 2 0 6 0 +6 4
2 United States Gerald Verrier 2 1 1 3 4 -1 2
3 England Chris Mason 2 0 2 1 6 -5 0
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (4) Peter Evison 2 2 0 6 1 +5 4
2 England Steve Raw 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
3 England Cliff Lazarenko 2 0 2 1 6 -5 0
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 Scotland (5) Jamie Harvey 2 2 0 6 4 +2 4
2 England John Lowe 2 1 1 5 4 +1 2
3 United States Paul Lim 2 0 2 3 6 -3 0
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (8) Rod Harrington 2 1 1 5 4 +1 2
2 United States Sean Downs 2 1 1 4 4 0 2
3 England Shayne Burgess 2 1 1 4 5 -1 2
Pos Player P W L SF SA +/- Pts
1 England (1) Dennis Priestley 2 2 0 6 1 +5 4
2 United States Steve Brown 2 1 1 3 5 -2 2
3 England Richie Gardner 2 0 2 3 6 -3 0

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                 
Group 1 winner England Eric Bristow 83.39 5
Group 2 winner England Alan Warriner (6) 88.67 3
England Eric Bristow 89.62 4
2 England Phil Taylor 94.38 5
Group 3 winner England Keith Deller (7) 91.23 1
Group 4 winner England Phil Taylor (2) 98.51 5
2 England Phil Taylor 100.92 6
1 England Dennis Priestley 96.78 3
Group 5 winner England Peter Evison (4) 96.55 5
Group 6 winner Scotland Jamie Harvey (5) 86.54 3
4 England Peter Evison 92.46 4
1 England Dennis Priestley 97.28 5
Group 7 winner England Rod Harrington (8) 90.89 2
Group 8 winner England Dennis Priestley (1) 97.78 5

Third Place Match[edit]

England Peter Evison (4) 4 - 2 England Eric Bristow