World Darts Trophy

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World Darts Trophy
Tournament information
Venue De Vechtsebanen
Location Utrecht
Country Netherlands
Established 2002
Organisation(s) BDO/WDF Major
Format Sets (men)
Sets (women)
Legs (Junior)
Month(s) Played September
Final Year 2007
Final champion(s)
Scotland Gary Anderson (men)
NetherlandsKarin Krappen (women)
Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp (junior)

The Bullit World Darts Trophy was a professional darts tournament run by the British Darts Organisation and the World Darts Federation. Held each September from 2002 to 2007, it took place at the De Vechtsebanen in Utrecht, Netherlands. The tournament had a playing format comparable with the two World Championships (BDO and PDC). Until 2007, it formed the third leg of the BDO Grand Slam, along with the BDO World Championship, the World Masters and the International Darts League.

Tournament history[edit]

First held in 2002, the tournament was played under the auspices of the World Darts Federation, British Darts Organisation and the Dutch Darts Association (NDB, the Dutch governing body of darts) and featured players from those organisations up to and including 2005.

PDC Participation[edit]

However, in 2006, following Raymond van Barneveld's move to the PDC in February of that year, host broadcasters SBS 6, were able to grant invitations to five non-WDF affiliated players, meaning that players from the PDC would be able to compete in the event for the first time. Van Barneveld, along with Phil Taylor, Colin Lloyd, Ronnie Baxter and Peter Manley were given the five invitations that were offered to the PDC.[1][2]

In 2007, the WDT included the top 12 players in the PDC Order of Merit and four PDC Qualifiers, giving a total of 16 PDC players who would line up alongside 12 from the WDF rankings and 4 wildcards, which were given to Jelle Klaasen, Michael van Gerwen, Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King, all of whom had left the BDO to join the PDC earlier that year.[3][4]

End of event[edit]

Towards the end of 2007, the chairman of the PDC, Barry Hearn, announced that its players would not be competing in the 2008 International Darts League and World Darts Trophy events. As a result, SBS6 announced they would no longer be broadcasting the event, with their coverage relying heavily on big names such as van Barneveld, which then cast doubts over whether either tournament would go ahead.

The tournament promoters filed a lawsuit against the PDC and SBS6 claiming a contract had been agreed for the PDC players to be involved. The case ended in failure on 21 February 2008, and the International Darts League was indefinitely postponed. The future of the World Darts Trophy was also thrown into doubt as a result of the decision,[5] and both events were confirmed defunct by the failure of an appeal on 29 April 2008.[6]

Sponsors[edit]

  • 2004–2006 Bavaria (Premium Dutch beer)
  • 2007 Bullit (Energy drink)

Prize Fund[edit]

  • Winner €45,000
  • Runner Up €22,500
  • Joint 3rd 2 x €11,250
  • Joint 5th 4 x €6,000
  • Joint 9th 8 x €3,000
  • Joint 17th 16 x €2,000
  • Joint 33rd and 41st 24 x €1,000
  • Totals €194,000

Final Results and statistics[edit]

Men's Finals[edit]

Year[7][8][9] Champion Av Score (sets) Runner-up Av
2002 Australia Tony David (97.80) 6–0 England Tony O'Shea (90.48)
2003 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (104.91) 6–2 England Mervyn King (98.07)
2004 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (94.71) 6–4 England Martin Adams (91.50)
2005 England Gary Robson (91.50) 6–4 England Mervyn King (88.80)
2006 England Phil Taylor (102.21) 7–2 England Martin Adams (94.77)
2007 Scotland Gary Anderson (103.32) 7–3 England Phil Taylor (102.30)

Women's finals[edit]

Year[10][11][9] Champion Av Score (sets) Runner-up Av
2002 Netherlands Mieke de Boer (68.52) 3–1 England Crissy Howat (now Manley) (64.83)
2003 England Trina Gulliver (83.01) 3–1 Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar (80.07)
2004 Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar (85.20) 3–1 Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova (76.77)
2005 Netherlands Karin Krappen (75.69) 3–1 Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar (71.94)

Junior WDT finals[edit]

Year[9] Champion Score (Legs) Runner-up
2006 Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp 6–1 Netherlands Sven van Dun

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quarter Given World Darts Trophy Places". PDC. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Manley handed World Darts Trophy Spot". PDC. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "World Darts Trophy PDPA Qualifier". PDC. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "World Darts Trophy PDPA Qualifier Draw". PDC. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ IDL & WDT go to court Superstars of darts forum
  6. ^ IDL & WDT end Google translation from official web site
  7. ^ "Men's World Darts Trophy Winners". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "World Darts Trophy - Men". Master Caller. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "World Darts Trophy". Darts 1. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Women's World Darts Trophy Winners". Darts Database. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "World Darts Trophy - Women". Master Caller. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 

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