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 sport.

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, London, 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 1 January 2019).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Phil Taylor 16 2 14
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 5 4 1
England Eric Bristow 5 5
England Martin Adams 3 3
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 3 3
England John Lowe 3 3
Canada John Part 3 1 2
England Glen Durrant 3 3
Scotland Gary Anderson 2 2
England Ted Hankey 2 2
England Adrian Lewis 2 2
England Dennis Priestley 2 1 1
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
England Rob Cross 1 1
Australia Tony David 1 1
England Keith Deller 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 Wales Leighton Rees 6–3 Wales Alan Evans QF 1978
99.00 5 England John Lowe 2–0 England Tony Brown 1st 1984
100.29 unseeded England Keith Deller 2–4 England John Lowe QF 1985
100.80 unseeded England Phil Taylor 5–0 England Cliff Lazarenko SF 1990
102.63 1 England Dennis Priestley 3–0 Scotland Jocky Wilson 1st 1993
103.98 1 England Phil Taylor 6–0 England Dennis Priestley F 1998
105.03 3 England Phil Taylor 3–0 England Reg Harding 1st 1999
105.87 2 England Phil Taylor 6–0 England Alan Warriner QF 2000
107.46 2 England Phil Taylor 7–0 Canada John Part F 2001
111.21 2 England Phil Taylor 6–1 England Shayne Burgess 2nd 2002
114.05 1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 6–2 Netherlands Raymond 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 12 January 2019).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Trina Gulliver 10 10
England Lisa Ashton 4 4
Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova 3 3
Japan Mikuru Suzuki 1 1
Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar 1 1
United States Stacy Bromberg 1 1

Youth winners[edit]

References[edit]