|Full name||Paul Lim Leong Hwa|
|Nickname||The Singapore Slinger|
25 January 1954 |
|Home town||San Bernardino, California
|Playing darts since||1981|
|Darts||DMC Paul Lim|
|Walk-on music||Gangnam Style by Psy|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Quarter-final: 1990|
|World Masters||Last 16: 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 16: 2001|
|World Matchplay||Quarter-final: 1995|
|World Grand Prix||Last 16: 1998|
|Desert Classic||Last 32: 2004|
|Other tournament wins|
|First player to achieve nine dart finish at World Championships (1990)|
|Updated on 19 November 2007.|
Paul Lim Leong Hwa known simply as Paul Lim (born 25 January 1954 in Singapore) is a 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.
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.
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 (twice). 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 managed to reach 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 managed to win 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Soft tip darts
Lim is a six-time Medalist (Soft-Tip) Grand Master singles champion. He is arguably the best soft-tip player in the world, even having a dart game programmed with his voice called "out on a Lim".
Lim is a former military policeman and a former chef. He served his National Service in the Singapore army between the ages of 18 to 21. He came to Britain to seek a City and Guilds qualification course in cookery, studying at Battersea and Westminster Colleges in London and undertaking his first role as a chef at the Chelsea Hotel in Knightsbridge. It was whilst he was in Britain studying that he was introduced to the game of darts at the Robin Hood pub near Gunnersbury Station.
He settled in San Bernardino, California and is married to Janet. They have two sons, Christopher and Michael. Michael is an accomplished swimmer.
He also has appeared on Bullseye, scoring £203 for charity.
World Championship results
- 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)
WDF major finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1980||Asia-Pacific Cup Singles||Jerry Umberger||unknown|
|Winner||2.||1984||Asia-Pacific Cup Singles||Terry O'Dea||unknown|
|Winner||3.||1986||Asia-Pacific Cup Singles||Len Heard||unknown|
|Runner-up||1.||1990||Asia-Pacific Cup Singles||Albert Ansty||unknown|
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.
|9 January 1990||Jack McKenna||BDO World Darts Championship||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||£52,000|
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- Las Vegas Open results
- "Ladbrokes WDC Day Seven". PDC. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- "Ladbrokes World Championship Day Six". PDC. 18 December 2013.
- "bwin World Cup of Darts First Round". PDC. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "bwin World Cup of Darts Second Round". PDC. Retrieved 8 June 2014.