1998 World Matchplay (darts)

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World Matchplay
Tournament information
Dates 27 July - 1 Augustus
Venue Winter Gardens
Location Blackpool
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £53,750
Winners share £14,000
High checkout 167 England Alan Warriner
Champion(s)
England Rod Harrington
«1997 1999»

The 1998 World Matchplay was a darts tournament held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The tournament ran from 27 July through 1 August 1998, and was won by Rod Harrington. A classic final between Harrington and Ronnie Baxter was characterised with deadly finishing from Baxter, who led the final for most of the way, and Harrington's stubbornness in clinging on and refusing to accept defeat. Harrington trailed 14-17 and was only 1 leg from defeat. Baxter had a championship dart at double 20 in the 34th leg but missed, and Harrington took it into a tiebreak at 17-17. Harrington then took out a 125 outshot (treble 15, 2 double 20s) in the 35th leg with Baxter waiting on 40, and then won the title with a 19-17 victory.

Seeds[edit]

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund was £53,750.

Champion: £14,000
Runner-Up: £7,000
Semi-Finalists : £3,500
Quarter-Finalists : £2,000
2nd Round: £1,250
1st Round: £750

Results[edit]

First Round (best of 15 legs)
Second Round (best of 15 legs)
Quarter-Finals (best of 25 legs)
Semi-Finals (best of 25 legs)
Final (best of 31 legs)
                             
1 England Rod Harrington 8
England Kevin Spiolek 4
1 England Rod Harrington 8
United States Gary Mawson 6
  United States Gary Mawson 9
United States Paul Lim 7
1 England Rod Harrington 14
England Bob Anderson 12
8 United States Steve Brown 8
England Dennis Smith 4
8 United States Steve Brown 4
England Bob Anderson 8
  England Bob Anderson 8
England Cliff Lazarenko 2
1 England Rod Harrington 13
England Keith Deller 10
5 England Peter Evison 4
England Keith Deller 8
  England Keith Deller 8
England Mick Manning 6
  England Mick Manning 9
England Reg Harding 7
England Keith Deller 13
4 England Peter Manley 9
4 England Peter Manley 8
England Ritchie Gardner 5
4 England Peter Manley 8
Scotland Jamie Harvey 6
  Scotland Jamie Harvey 8
England Steve Raw 6
1 England Rod Harrington 19
England Ronnie Baxter 17
2 England Alan Warriner 8
England Harry Robinson 2
2 England Alan Warriner 7
England Steve Beaton 9
  England Steve Beaton 8
England Shayne Burgess 4
  England Steve Beaton 6
England Chris Mason 13
7 Canada John Part 5
England Chris Mason 8
  England Chris Mason 8
United States Gerald Verrier 3
  United States Gerald Verrier 8
England Eric Bristow 5
  England Chris Mason 11
England Ronnie Baxter 13
6 England Dennis Priestley 7
England John Ferrell 9
  England John Ferrell 5
England Ronnie Baxter 8
  England Ronnie Baxter 14
England Andy Jenkins 12
England Ronnie Baxter 13
3 England Phil Taylor 10
3 England Phil Taylor 8
England Graeme Stoddart 1
3 England Phil Taylor 8
England Robbie Widdows 2
  England Robbie Widdows 8
England John Lowe 6

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