Paul Lim

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Paul Lim
Personal information
Full namePaul Lim Leong Hwa
NicknameThe Singapore Slinger
Born (1954-01-25) 25 January 1954 (age 66)
Home townSan Bernardino, California
Darts information
Playing darts since1973
DartsTarget The Legend
Walk-on musicWalk of Life by Dire Straits
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipQuarter-finals: 1990
World MastersLast 16: 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipLast 16: 2001
World MatchplayQuarter-final: 1995
World Grand PrixLast 16: 1998, 1999
Desert ClassicLast 32: 2004
US Open/WSoDLast 64: 2008, 2010
Other tournament wins
Australian Grand Masters 1983
PDC Asian Tour Hong Kong 2019
PDC Asian Tour Seoul 2019
PDC Asian Tour Taipei 2018
PDC World Asia South and West Qualifying Event 2017
PDC World Dartslive Soft Tip Qualifier 2013, 2015
Soft Tip Bullshooter World Championship 1996
Soft Tip Dartslive France 2017
Soft Tip Dartslive Hong Kong 2012
Soft Tip Dartslive Korea 2016
Soft Tip Dartslive Taipei 2016
Singapore Open1992, 1993
Hong Kong Open1989, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001
Virginia Beach Classic 1992, 1998
World Soft Darts World Championship 2011
Other achievements
First player to achieve nine dart finish at World Championships (1990)
Updated on 19 November 2007.

Paul Lim Leong Hwa[1] known simply as Paul Lim (born 25 January 1954, in Singapore) is a Singaporean professional darts player. He was the first player to hit a perfect 9-dart finish during the Embassy World Darts Championship, which he achieved in 1990 during his second round match against Jack McKenna. Lim won £52,000 for his 9-darter, which was £28,000 more than Phil Taylor won for winning the tournament. John Lowe achieved the first 9-dart finish on television in a match against Keith Deller at the 1984 World Matchplay, for which Lowe won £102,000. Lim's 9-darter remained the only 9-dart game to have been achieved in either version of the world championships, until Raymond van Barneveld hit one against Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-final of the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship. To date, it remains the only 9-dart finish ever achieved at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Lim represented three countries at darts. Singapore was not affiliated with the sport's governing body, the World Darts Federation (WDF), so Lim played briefly for Papua New Guinea, but settled in California and represented the United States in international competition, before also playing for his native country when they became a WDF playing nation. Lim has also represented Singapore at the PDC World Cup of Darts, and in the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts, he and his teammate Harith Lim, reached the quarter-finals, defeating the top seeds Scotland (Gary Anderson and Peter Wright) in the first round.


Early career[edit]

He made his World Championship debut in 1982, losing a first-round match to Dave Whitcombe. He failed to progress beyond the second round for the next seven years – losing to the likes of Cliff Lazarenko (twice), Bob Anderson, Mike Gregory, and John Lowe (three times). Then in 1990 he hit the headlines and jackpot as he achieved the first World Championship nine-dart finish against Jack McKenna in the second round on 9 January. The bonus prize of £52,000 was more than eventual tournament winner Phil Taylor claimed for becoming world champion. It was the only year that Lim reached the quarter-finals of the event, losing again to Lazarenko.

He continued to come up against the biggest names in the game in the world championship: Alan Warriner, John Part (en route to the 1994 title), and Lowe defeated him again in the years after his nine-darter.

Lim decided to switch to darts other organisation, the World Darts Council (now PDC) later in 1994 and made his debut at the 1994 World Matchplay. Lim never enjoyed any success in the PDC – he won only one match in the PDC World Championship, despite appearing in the tournament each year between 1997 and 2002. Although he no longer competes on the darts circuit full-time, Lim still competes at tournaments in his home country. He reached the last 16 of the Las Vegas Open in January 2007.[2]

He won many titles in and around his native country including five Singapore Opens, five Malaysian Opens, and five Asian Cups, but his failure to reach the final stages of the British Darts Organisation and Professional Darts Corporation major tournaments has meant he will be best remembered for his 1990 nine-dart achievement.

Later career[edit]

Lim made his first appearance in the World Championships for 11 years after being awarded a place in the 2013 PDC World Darts Championship, as a result of being the World Soft Tip Champion. He beat Mohd Latif Sapup in the preliminary round 4–1 to set up a first-round match against second favourite for the tournament Michael van Gerwen. Lim lost 3–0, despite hitting the tournament's first 170 finish as well as twelve scores of 140 or more during the match.[3] Lim qualified for the 2014 World Championship via the International Qualifiers. He was drawn against Japan's Morihiro Hashimoto in the preliminary round and was beaten 4–2.[4] Lim made his debut in the 2014 World Cup of Darts as he represented Singapore with Harith Lim (no relation). They won five legs in a row in the opening round against Ireland to progress with a 5–3 win.[5] In the second round Paul lost to South Africa's Devon Petersen, but Harith beat Graham Filby to mean a doubles match was required to settle the tie. Singapore were edged out 4–3, but never had a dart for the match.[6] Lim lost in the final of the 2015 French Dartslive event to Leonard Gates, but won the Soft Tip Qualifier for the 2016 World Championship for the second time by seeing off Boris Krčmar 4–2 in the final.[7] He went on to play Aleksandr Oreshkin in the preliminary round and missed two match darts in a 2–1 set defeat.[8] Lim and Harith made it to the second round of the 2016 World Cup, but lost their singles matches 4–2 to Austria's Mensur Suljović and Rowby-John Rodriguez.[9] Lim won the Soft Tip Dartslive events in Taipei and Korea during the year.[10]

In the first round of the 2017 World Cup Lim and Harith met the number one seeds of Scotland represented by Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. A 100 finish from Lim completed a huge 5–2 shock victory for Singapore and they then whitewashed Spain 4–0 in a doubles match to make it through to the quarter-finals of the event for the first time.[11] Lim lost 4–1 to Belgium's Kim Huybrechts (who averaged 121.97), but Harith defeated Ronny Huybrechts 4–2. Singapore's tournament was ended in the deciding doubles match as Belgium progressed 4–2.[12]

In the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship, he defeated Kai Fan Leung, and number 30 seed Mark Webster to set up a second round clash with Gary Anderson. He lost the match 4-1 and also missed double 12 for a nine dart finish.[13] In the 2018 PDC World Cup of Darts, he again paired up with Harith, where they defeated New Zealand 5-3 to set up a second round clash with England. In the first round, Paul defeated world champion Rob Cross 4-2 with an average of 102.29. However, Harith lost his singles match to Dave Chisnall, meaning a doubles match was required which they lost 4-1. [14][15]

Lim qualified for the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship by finishing 5th on the PDC Asian Tour. [16] He lost to Ross Smith in round 1, After a successful 2019 Asian Tour, finishing 3rd this enabled him to qualify for the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship

Lim will be taking part in the 2019 WDF World Cup but will be representing Hong Kong instead of Singapore.

World Championship results[edit]


  • 1982: 1st Round (lost to Dave Whitcombe 0–2)
  • 1983: 2nd Round (lost to Cliff Lazarenko 1–3)
  • 1984: 1st Round (lost to Mike Gregory 0–2)
  • 1985: 1st Round (lost to Cliff Lazarenko 0–2)
  • 1986: 2nd Round (lost to Peter Locke 0–3)
  • 1987: 2nd Round (lost to Bob Anderson 1–3)
  • 1988: 2nd Round (lost to John Lowe 1–3)
  • 1989: 2nd Round (lost to John Lowe 2–3)
  • 1990: Quarter Final (lost to Cliff Lazarenko 0–4)
  • 1991: 1st Round (lost to Alan Warriner-Little 0–3)
  • 1992: 2nd Round (lost to John Lowe 0–3)
  • 1994: 2nd Round (lost to John Part 0–3)


  • 1997: Last 24 group (lost to John Lowe 1–3) & (lost to Jamie Harvey 2–3)
  • 1998: Last 24 group (lost to Peter Evison 0–3) & (lost to John Part 1–3)
  • 1999: 1st Round (lost to John Lowe 0–3)
  • 2000: 1st Round (lost to Alan Warriner-Little 0–3)
  • 2001: 2nd Round (lost to Alan Warriner-Little 2–3)
  • 2002: 1st Round (lost to Dennis Smith 0–4)
  • 2013: 1st Round (lost to Michael van Gerwen 0–3)
  • 2014: Preliminary round (lost to Morihiro Hashimoto 2–4)
  • 2016: Preliminary round (lost to Aleksandr Oreshkin 1–2)
  • 2018: 2nd Round (lost to Gary Anderson 1–4)
  • 2019: 1st Round (lost to Ross Smith 1–3)
  • 2020: 1st Round (lost to Luke Woodhouse 0–3)

Career statistics[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Prel.) Preliminary round; (DNQ) Did not qualify; (DNP) Did not participate; (NH) Not held

Performance timeline[edit]


Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995-2001 2002
BDO World Championship DNQ 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF 1R 2R DNQ 2R DNP
World Masters Prel. 3R 3R 2R 1R 4R 2R 4R 4R 3R DNP Prel. DNP 2R
MFI World Matchplay Not held DNP 1R QF 1R 1R Not held


Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
PDC World Championship DNP RR RR 1R 1R 2R 1R DNP 1R Prel. DNP Prel. DNP 2R 1R 1R
World Matchplay 2R QF 2R 2R 1R 1R DNP 1R DNP
World Grand Prix Not held 1R RR DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held DNP 1R DNP Not held
Non-major televised events
PDC World Cup of Darts Not held DNP NH DNP 2R 1R 2R QF 2R 2R
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 25 16 12 14 17 20 25 32 38 77 142 177 412 413 186 182 146 157 101 92 - 155 - 103 133 138

WDF major finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1980 Asia-Pacific Cup Singles United States Jerry Umberger unknown
Winner 2. 1984 Asia-Pacific Cup Singles Australia Terry O'Dea unknown
Winner 3. 1986 Asia-Pacific Cup Singles United States Len Heard unknown
Runner-up 1. 1990 Asia-Pacific Cup Singles Canada Albert Anstey unknown

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

Paul Lim was the first player to manage a nine-dart finish in the world championship. Lim won £52,000 which was more than tournament winner Phil Taylor who received £24,000.

Paul Lim televised nine-dart finishes
Date Opponent Tournament Method Prize
9 January 1990 Republic of Ireland Jack McKenna BDO World Darts Championship 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12 £52,000


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  2. ^ "Las Vegas Open results". Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Ladbrokes WDC Day Seven". PDC. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Six". PDC. 18 December 2013.
  5. ^ "bwin World Cup of Darts First Round". PDC. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  6. ^ "bwin World Cup of Darts Second Round". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ "2015 Soft Tip Dartslive France Player Prize Money". Darts Database. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  8. ^ "William Hill World Championship Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Betway World Cup of Darts Round Two". PDC. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Paul Lim 2016". Darts Database. Archived from the original on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  11. ^ ""Dream Come True" For Lim". PDC. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Dutch Delight In Betway World Cup of Darts". PDC. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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