2003 PDC World Darts Championship

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2003 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates27 December 2002 –
4 January 2003
VenueCircus Tavern
LocationPurfleet
Country England
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatSets
Final – best of 13
Prize fund£237,000
Winner's share£50,000
High checkout170 England Les Fitton
170 Netherlands Roland Scholten
Champion(s)
Canada John Part
«2002 2004»

The 2003 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship was the tenth World Championship organised by the Professional Darts Corporation since it split from the British Darts Organisation in 1993. The tournament took place between 27 December 2002 and 4 January 2003 at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, England. Ladbrokes (who sponsored the 1996 event with their Vernon's brand) took over sponsorship of the event from Skol.

The field at the televised stages expanded for the first time since 1999. An extra qualifying round was introduced increasing the total number of players from 32 to 40. John Part defeated the defending champion and number one seed, Phil Taylor, in the final to end two incredible runs by Taylor – eight successive World titles, and 44 successive victories at the Circus Tavern.

This was Part's second world championship having also won the 1994 BDO Championship (the first tournament after the split).

The Qualifying Criteria for the World Championship was as follows

-Top 32 of the Order of Merit (on 1 December 2002) - 4 PDPA Qualifiers (Al Hedman, Lee Palfeyman, Mark Robinson, Dave Smith) - Australian Qualifier (Simon Whitlock) - Dutch Qualifier (Arjan Moen) - USA Qualifier (Ray Carver) - SP 9-Dart challenge with The People Newspaper (David Platt)

Seeds[edit]

Prize money[edit]

Position (num. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £237,000)
Winner (1) £50,000
Runner-Up (1) £25,000
Semi-finalists (2) £12,500
Quarter-finalists (4) £7,000
Third round losers (8) £5,000
Second round losers (16) £3,000
First round losers (8) £2,500
Highest finish bonus (1) £1,000
  • Nine-dart finish: A diamond, worth a six figure sum, will be mounted in the bulls eye of a championship dartboard as a unique prize (not won).

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

All matches are the best of 7 sets.

Av. Player Score Player Av.
80.11 Mark Holden England 4–3 England Dave Smith 81.65
83.11 Bob Anderson England 4–0 Jamaica Al Hedman 76.36
81.58 Reg Harding England 4–3 England Mark Robinson 83.67
86.75 Mick Manning England 4–2 England Lee Palfreyman 81.13
85.21 Simon Whitlock Australia 4–2 England Paul Williams 84.88
87.84 Steve Brown United States 4–2 England David Platt 88.05
92.99 Wayne Mardle England 4–0 United States Ray Carver 82.72
89.85 Shayne Burgess England 4–2 Netherlands Arjan Moen 84.07

Last 32[edit]

Second round (best of 7 sets)
28–30 December
Third round (best of 9 sets)
1–2 January
Quarter-finals (best of 9 sets)
3 January
Semi-finals (best of 11 sets)
4 January
Final (best of 13 sets)
5 January
               
1 England Phil Taylor 103.44 4
United States Steve Brown 89.15 1
1 England Phil Taylor 98.71 5
England Wayne Mardle 93.70 3
16 England Peter Evison 87.34 3
England Wayne Mardle 96.49 4
1 England Phil Taylor 100.37 5
8 England Dennis Smith 94.46 3
8 England Dennis Smith 92.96 4
England Dennis Priestley 84.46 1
8 England Dennis Smith 91.45 5
9 England Denis Ovens 93.44 1
9 England Denis Ovens 86.41 4
England Alex Roy 82.29 1
1 England Phil Taylor 95.60 6
4 England Alan Warriner 86.77 1
5 Netherlands Roland Scholten 84.68 4
England Shayne Burgess 81.84 1
5 Netherlands Roland Scholten 87.79 5
12 England Dave Askew 84.24 0
12 England Dave Askew 85.22 4
England Steve Beaton 84.89 3
5 Netherlands Roland Scholten 87.98 2
4 England Alan Warriner 90.87 5
4 England Alan Warriner 85.54 4
England Rod Harrington 79.78 2
4 England Alan Warriner 88.76 5
England Les Fitton 87.94 4
13 England John Lowe 72.49 1
England Les Fitton 80.90 4
1 England Phil Taylor 99.98 6
2 Canada John Part 96.86 7
2 Canada John Part 88.67 4
England Cliff Lazarenko 85.41 1
2 Canada John Part 96.69 5
Scotland Jamie Harvey 92.58 3
15 Scotland Jamie Harvey 85.07 4
England Mark Holden 83.26 1
2 Canada John Part 95.50 5
England Chris Mason 88.33 0
7 England Colin Lloyd 86.36 4
England Bob Anderson 92.50 3
7 England Colin Lloyd 92.82 1
England Chris Mason 96.78 5
10 England Andy Jenkins 84.01 2
England Chris Mason 90.91 4
2 Canada John Part 93.20 6
14 England Kevin Painter 89.47 4
6 England Peter Manley 86.35 1
Australia Simon Whitlock 87.63 4
Australia Simon Whitlock 87.68 3
11 Wales Richie Burnett 89.28 5
11 Wales Richie Burnett 91.69 4
England Keith Deller 87.92 3
11 Wales Richie Burnett 83.58 2
14 England Kevin Painter 90.78 5
3 England Ronnie Baxter 96.90 4
England Mick Manning 86.38 1
3 England Ronnie Baxter 87.94 3
14 England Kevin Painter 87.53 5
14 England Kevin Painter 86.49 4
England Reg Harding 86.43 1

Representation from different countries[edit]

This table shows the number of players by country in the World Championship, the total number including the 1st round.

England
ENG
Netherlands
NED
Australia
AUS
Scotland
SCO
Wales
WAL
Canada
CAN
United States
USA
Jamaica
JAM
Total
Final 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Semis 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Quarters 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 8
Round 3 11 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 16
Round 2 26 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 32
Round 1 11 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 16
Total 30 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 40

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