World Dart Champions

Darts World Champions

PDC / BDO World Champions

 

World Dart Champions

There are currently two recognised World Dart Champions the BDO / WDF Word Champion and the PDC World Champion. The first World Champion was Leighton Rees from Wales. Leighton beat John Lowe 11 legs to 7 and won £3,000. The final was played in legs not sets as it is today. The first World Championship was held at the 'Heart of the Midlands' nightclub in Nottingham before moving to the Jollees Club Stoke-on-Trent where it remained until 1985. From 1986 the World Darts finals have been held at the Lakeside complex Frimley Green, Surrey.

1992 saw a number of players split from the BDO and form their own darts organisation; The World Darts Council later to be renamed as the Professional Darts Corporation PDC (See History). In 1994 the PDC staged their first World Darts Championships to rival The BDO Championship. Many of the best names in darts at the time moved to form the WDC / PDC and it has always been a bitter rivalry of who is the best. Many now believe the PDC holds that title due to the amount of prize money it offers, currently five times that of the BDO.

In 2001 the BDO introduced the first women’s World Darts Championship. Trina Gulliver from England has won this event every year from 2001-2007. In 2008 Trina reached the final again but this time she was defeated by Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0. Trina lost again in 2009 final to Francis Hoenselaar but regained her crown in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Trina has qualified for the World final every year since it's conception.

The lists below show the World Champions of past and present. Many dart fans can recall the World Champions but not many can name the runners-up or indeed the score final.

Few darts players have dominated the sport, however, there are a couple of exceptions. Phil Taylor won 16 World Titles before retiring at the beginning of 2018. His record of World Titles will stand for many years to come and may never be beaten. On the ladies side of darts, Trina Gulliver MBE dominated the 2000’s a decade in which she won seven straight World Titles. To date Trina has won 10 World Champions Titles and who knows there might be more still to come.

Three players have been awarded the British Empire Medal (MBE) for Services to darts and for their charitable fundraising work: Eric Bristow, Trina Gulliver and John Lowe (2019).

 

PDC PDC World Darts Champions

Professional Darts Corporation World Darts Champions

PDC World Championships Main Sponsors:
1994 - 1995 Skol International, 1995 - 1996 Proton Cars, 1996 - 1997 Vernons, 1998 - 2002 Skol International, 2003 - 2014 Ladbrokes, William Hill 2015 - Current

The highest average achieved in the televised stages of the PDC World Championship Finals is 114.05 set by Michael van Gerwen in the 2017 semi-finals. Michael beat Raymond van Barneveld who also set the highest losing average at the championships, 109.34

Phil Taylor recorded a three dart average of 110.94 in the 2009 final. The highest ever for any major darts championship final.

The 2017 final also broke the most 180’s hit in any darts match, a total of 42. Michael van Gerwen hit 20, 180's while Gary Anderson hit 22, 180's

Adrian Lewis hit a nine dart leg in the opening set of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Final in 2011. The first ever dart player to achieve this feat in a World Darts Final

For more information on PDC events please visit the PDC website

 

Year Winner Sets   Sets Runner-up
2019 Michael van Gerwen 7 - 3 Michael Smith
2018 Rob Cross 7 - 2 Phil Taylor
2017 Michael van Gerwen 7 - 3 Gary Anderson
2016 Gary Anderson 7 - 5 Adrian Lewis
2015 Gary Anderson 7 - 6 Phil Taylor
2014 Michael van Gerwen 7 - 5 Peter Wright
2013 Phil Taylor 7 - 4 Michael van Gerwen
2012 Adrian Lewis 7 - 3 Andy Hamilton
2011 Adrian Lewis 7 - 5 Gary Anderson
2010 Phil Taylor 7 - 3 Simon Whitlock
2009 Phil Taylor 7 - 1 Raymond van Barneveld
2008 John Part 7 - 2 Kirk Shepherd
2007 Raymond Van Barneveld 7 - 6 Phil Taylor
2006 Phil Taylor 7 - 0 Peter Manley
2005 Phil Taylor 7 - 4 Mark Dudbridge
2004 Phil Taylor 7 - 6 Kevin Painter
2003 John Part 7 - 6 Phil Taylor
2002 Phil Taylor 7 - 0 Peter Manley
2001 Phil Taylor 7 - 0 John Part
2000 Phil Taylor 7 - 3 Dennis Priestley
1999 Phil Taylor 6 - 2 Peter Manley
1998 Phil Taylor 6 - 0 Dennis Priestley
1997 Phil Taylor 6 - 3 Dennis Priestley
1996 Phil Taylor 6 - 4 Dennis Priestley
1995 Phil Taylor 6 - 2 Rod Harrington
1994 Dennis Priestley 6 - 1 Phil Taylor

 

BDO BDO World Darts Champions (Men)

British Darts Organisation World Darts Champions (Men)

BDO / WDO World Championships Main Sponsors:
Embassy Tobacco 1978 - 2003, Lakeside Country Club (Bob Potter) 2003 - Current

The first nine-dart leg achieved in the BDO World Darts Championship was by Paul Lim (USA) in the second round of the 1990 Championships against Irishman Jack McKenna. Paul won £52,000 for his achievement. Since then the BDO World Championships has not seen another nine-dart leg achieved but serval have come close.

 

Year Winner Sets   Sets Runner-up
2019 Glen Durrant 7 - 3 Scott Waites
2018 Glen Durrant 7 - 6 Mark McGeeney
2017 Glen Durrant 7 - 3 Danny Noppert
2016 Scott Waites 7 - 1 Jeff Smith
2015 Scott Mitchell 7 - 6 Martin Adams
2014 Stephen Bunting 7 - 4 Alan Norris
2013 Scott Waites 7 - 1 Tony O'Shea
2012 Christian Kist 7 - 5 Tony O'Shea
2011 Martin Adams 7 - 5 Dean Winstanley
2010 Martin Adams 7 - 5 Dave Chisnall
2009 Ted Hankey 7 - 6 Tony O'Shea
2008 Mark Webster 7 - 5 Simon Whitlock
2007 Martin Adams 7 - 6 Phil Nixon
2006 Jelle Klaasen  7 - 5 Raymond Van Barneveld
2005 Raymond Van Barnveld 6 - 2 Martin Adams
2004 Andy Fordham 6 - 3 Mervyn King
2003 Raymond Van Barneveld 6 - 3 Richie Davies
2002 Tony David 6 - 4 Mervyn King
2001 John Walton 6 - 2 Ted Hankey
2000 Ted Hankey 6 - 0 Ronnie Baxter
1999 Raymond Van Barneveld 6 - 5 Ronnie Baxter
1998 Raymond Van Barneveld 6 - 5 Richie Burnett
1997 Les Wallace 6 - 3 Marshall James
1996 Steve Beaton 6 - 3 Richie Burnett
1995 Richie Burnett 6 - 3 Raymond Van Barneveld
1994 John Part 6 - 0 Bobby George
1993 John Lowe MBE 6 - 3 Alan Warriner
1992 Phil Taylor 6 - 5 Mike Gregory
1991 Dennis Priestley 6 - 0 Eric Bristow MBE
1990 Phil Taylor 6 - 1 Eric Bristow MBE
1989 Jocky Wilson 6 - 4 Eric Bristow MBE
1988 Bob Anderson 6 - 4 John Lowe
1987 John Lowe MBE 6 - 4 Eric Bristow MBE
1986 Eric Bristow MBE 6 - 0 Dave Whitcombe
1985 Eric Bristow MBE 6 - 2 John Lowe
1984 Eric Bristow MBE 7 - 1 Dave Whitcombe
1983 Keith Deller 6 - 5 Eric Bristow MBE
1982 Jocky Wilson 5 - 3 John Lowe MBE
1981 Eric Bristow MBE 5 - 1 John Lowe MBE
1980 Eric Bristow MBE 5 - 3 Bobby George
1979 John Lowe MBE 5 - 0 Leighton Rees
1978 Leighton Rees 11 - 7 John Lowe MBE

 

BDO BDO World Darts Champions (Women)

British Darts Organisation World Darts Champions (Women)

BDO / WDO World Championships Main Sponsors:
Embassy Tobacco 2001 - 2003, Lakeside Country Club (Bob Potter) 2003 - Current

Since the Women’s World Darts Championship was conceived in 2001 one woman has dominated the ladies darts scene, Trina Gulliver MBE. Trina's achievement of playing in all of the World Championships finals stages is something no other lady player can boast. Trina has won the women’s World Championship title ten times to date and has been the runner-up on two occasions. There has always been a debate on the best ladies player ever, I say no more her World Championship Record speaks for itself.

 

Year Winner Sets   Sets Runner-up
2019 Mikuru Suzuki 3 - 0 Lorraine Winstanley
2018 Lisa Ashton 3 - 1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
2017 Lisa Ashton 3 - 0 Corrine Hammond
2016 Trina Gulliver MBE 3 - 2 Deta Headman
2015 Lisa Ashton 3 - 1 Fallon Sherrock
2014 Lisa Ashton 3 - 2 Deta Hedman
2013 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2 - 1 Lisa Ashton
2012 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2 - 1 Deta Hedman
2011 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Rhian Edwards
2010 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Rhian Edwards
2009 Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 1 Trina Gulliver MBE
2008 Anastasia Dobromyslova 2 - 0 Trina Gulliver MBE
2007 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 1 Francis Hoenselaar
2006 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Francis Hoenselaar
2005 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Francis Hoenselaar
2004 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Francis Hoenselaar
2003 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0 Ann Kirk
2002 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 1 Francis Hoenselaar
2001 Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 1 Mandy Solomons

 

Youth World Champions

Although the BDO has been the bedrock for youth darts for many years, it was the PDC who first introduced a World Darts Championship. Until this point, the biggest accolade a youth player could hold was the Winmau Masters title. The masters introduced a joint boys and girls (Youth) Championship in 1986. In 1999 this was split into two separate titles one for boys the other girls.

BDO classify a youth player of 18 years or younger, however, the PDC have revised their youth tournament age minimum 16 years – 23 years. Personally, 23 seems a little old for a youth player especially when Jelle Klassen won the BDO World Championship at the age of 21.

 

PDC PDC Youth World Champions

Year Winner Sets   Sets Runner-up
2018 Demitri van den Bergh 6 - 3 Martin Schindler
2017 Demitri van den Bergh 6 - 3 Josh Payne
2016 Corey Cadby 6 - 2 Berry van Peer
2015 Max Hopp 6 - 5 Nathan Aspinall
2014 Keegan Brown 6 - 4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
2013 Michael Smith 6 - 1 Ricky Evans
2012 James Hubbard 6 - 3 Michael van Gerwen
2011 Arron Monk 6 - 4 Michael van Gerwen

 

BDOBDO Youth World Champions

Year Winner Sets   Sets Runner-up
2019 Leighton Bennett 3 - 0 Nathan Girvan
2018 Justin van Tergouw 3 - 1 Killian Heffeman
2017 Justin van Tergouw 3 - 0 Nathern Girven
2016 Joshua Richardson 3 - 2 Jordan Boyce
2015 Colin Roelofs 3 - 0 Harry Word

 

Unicorn Darts Ladies World Championship

In 2010 Unicorn (Darts Manufacturer) introduced an alternative Womens World Darts Championship. The final took place in the Winter Gardens Blackpool, UK and consisted the best of 11 legs and was won by Stacy Bromberg (USA). The event as not been staged since and there seems no plans for its return.

Trina Gulliver MBE the most successful ladies dart player to grace the earth did not play in this event but went on to win the 2010, 2011 & 2016 BDO World darts Championship a total of 10 World Championship wins to date.

 

Year Winner Legs   Legs Runner-up
2010 Stacy Bromberg 6 - 5 Tricia Wright

Sadly Stacy died on the 12th February 2017 aged 60