World Professional Darts Championship

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The World Professional Darts Championship is one of the most important tournaments in the darts calendar. Originally held as an annual event between 1978 and 1993, players then broke off into two separate organisations after a controversial split in the game. Each organisation, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) now organise their own World Championship in January. As a result, there is no longer a unified World Champion in the game, though the World Darts Federation organizes an official World Championship biennially.

The BDO have organised their version dating back to 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands nightclub, Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. Since then it has been held at the Lakeside Leisure Complex at Frimley Green, Surrey.

The PDC version started in 1994 after "the split", with a field of players containing all active previous World Champions from the BDO. It was originally staged at Purfleet's Circus Tavern, Essex before moving to Alexandra Palace for the 2008 World Championship.

Men's winners[edit]

Englishman Phil Taylor has won a record sixteen World Championships.
Englishman Eric Bristow has won five World Championships.

By player[edit]

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 2 January 2017).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Phil Taylor 16 2 14
England Eric Bristow 5 5 -
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 5 4 1
England Martin Adams 3 3 -
England John Lowe 3 3 -
Canada John Part 3 1 2
Scotland Gary Anderson 2 - 2
England Ted Hankey 2 2 -
England Adrian Lewis 2 - 2
England Dennis Priestley 2 1 1
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2 - 2
England Scott Waites 2 2 -
Scotland Jocky Wilson 2 2 -
England Bob Anderson 1 1 -
England Steve Beaton 1 1 -
England Stephen Bunting 1 1 -
Wales Richie Burnett 1 1 -
Australia Tony David 1 1 -
England Keith Deller 1 1 -
England Glen Durrant 1 1 -
England Andy Fordham 1 1 -
Netherlands Christian Kist 1 1 -
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 1 1 -
England Scott Mitchell 1 1 -
Wales Leighton Rees 1 1 -
Scotland Les Wallace 1 1 -
England John Walton 1 1 -
Wales Mark Webster 1 1 -


Highest average progression[edit]

Average Seed Player Score Opponent Stage Year
97.49 3 WalesLeighton Rees 6-3 WalesAlan Evans QF 1978
99.00 5 EnglandJohn Lowe 2-0 EnglandTony Brown 1st 1984
100.29 unseeded EnglandKeith Deller 2-4 EnglandJohn Lowe QF 1985
100.80 unseeded EnglandPhil Taylor 5-0 EnglandCliff Lazarenko SF 1990
102.63 1 EnglandDennis Priestley 3-0 ScotlandJocky Wilson 1st 1993
103.98 1 EnglandPhil Taylor 6-0 EnglandDennis Priestley F 1998
105.03 3 EnglandPhil Taylor 3-0 EnglandReg Harding 1st 1999
105.87 2 EnglandPhil Taylor 6-0 EnglandAlan Warriner QF 2000
107.46 2 EnglandPhil Taylor 7-0 CanadaJohn Part F 2001
111.21 2 EnglandPhil Taylor 6-1 EnglandShayne Burgess 2nd 2002
114.05 1 NetherlandsMichael van Gerwen 6-2 NetherlandsRaymond van Barneveld SF 2017

Women's winners[edit]

By player[edit]

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 14 January 2017).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Trina Gulliver 10 10 -
England Lisa Ashton 3 3 -
Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova 3 3 -
Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar 1 1 -
United States Stacy Bromberg 1 - 1

Youth winners[edit]

References[edit]