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World Dart Champions

Today there are 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' night club in Nottingham. The tournament then moved to Jollees Club Stoke-on-Trent where it remained until 1985. Since1985 the World Darts finals have been held at the Lakeside complex Frimley Green, Surrey.

In 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. In 1994 the PDC staged their first World Darts Championships to rival The BDO Championship. Many of the best names in darts had moved to the PDC and it has always been bitter rivalry of who is the best.

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 the 2009 final to Francis Hoenselaar but regained her crown in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Trina has qualified for the World final ever year since it's conception.

The lists below shows the World Champions of past and present. Many remember the winners but who did they beat and what was the score?

The first World Championships, 1978, was play best of 21 legs not set play as it has been ever since.


2017 BDO / WDF Men's World Champion - Glen Durrant (England)

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

2017 BDO / WDF Ladies World Champion - Lisa Ashton (England)

2001 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Mandy Solomonds 2 - 1
2002 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 1
2003 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Ann Kirk 2 - 0
2004 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2005 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2006 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 0
2007 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Francis Hoenselaar 2 - 1
2008 Anastasia Dobromyslova beat Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 0
2009 Francis Hoenselaar beat Trina Gulliver MBE 2 - 1
2010 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Rhian Edwards 2 - 0
2011 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Rhian Edwards 2 - 0
2012 Anastasia Dobromyslova beat Deta Hedman 2 - 1
2013 Anastasia Dobromyslova beat Lisa Ashton 2 - 1
2014 Lisa Ashton beat Deta Hedman 3 - 2
2015 Lisa Ashton beat Fallon Sherrock 3 - 1
2016 Trina Gulliver MBE beat Deta Headman 3 - 2
2017 Lisa Ashton beat Corrine Hammond 3 - 0
BDO / WDO World Championships Main Sponsors: Embassy Tobacco 2001 - 2003, Lakeside 2003 - current


2017 BDO / WDF YOUTH World Champion - Justin van Tergouw (Netherlands)

2015 Colin Roelofs beat Harry Word 3 - 0
2016 Joshua Richardson beat   Jordan Boyce 3 - 2
2017 Justin van Tergouw beat   Nathern Giren 3 - 0
BDO / WDO World Championships Main Sponsors: Lakeside 2015 - current


2017 PDC World Darts Champion Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)

1994 Dennis Priestley beat Phil Taylor 6 - 1
1995 Phil Taylor beat Rod Harrington 6 - 2
1996 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 4
1997 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 3
1998 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 6 - 0
1999 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 6 - 2
2000 Phil Taylor beat Dennis Priestley 7 - 3
2001 Phil Taylor beat John Part 7 - 0
2002 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2003 John Part beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2004 Phil Taylor beat Kevin Painter 7 - 6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Mark Dudbridge 7 - 4
2006 Phil Taylor beat Peter Manley 7 - 0
2007 Raymond van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2008 John Part beat Kirk Shepherd 7 - 2
2009 Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 7 - 1
2010 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock 7 - 3
2011 Adrian Lewis beat Gary Anderson 7 - 5
2012 Adrian Lewis beat Andy Hamilton 7 - 3
2013 Phil Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen 7 - 4
2014 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright 7 - 5
2015 Gary Anderson beat Phil Taylor 7 - 6
2016 Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis 7 - 5
2017 Michael van Gerwen beat Gary Anderson 7 - 30
PDC World Championships Main Sponsors: 1994 - 1995 Skol International, !995 - 1996 Proton Cars, 1996 - 1997 Verons, 1998 - 2002 Skol International, 2003 - 2014 Ladbrookes, 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 seen also seen 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



2016 PDC Unicorn World Youth Darts Corey Cadby (Austraila)

2011 Arron Monk beat Michael van Gerwen 6 - 4
2012 James Hubbard beat Michael van Gerwen 6 - 3
2013 Michael Smith beat Ricky Evans 6 - 1
2014 Keegan Brown beat Rowby-John Rodriguez 6 - 4
2015 Max Hopp beat Nathan Aspinall 6 - 5
2016 Corey Cadbury beat Berry van Peer 6 - 2


In 2010 Unicorn 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 the most successful ladies dart player to grace the earth did not play in this event but went on to win the 2010, 2011 and 2016 BDO World darts Championship a total of Ten World Championship totle to date.

2010 Stacy Bromberg beat Tricia Wright 6 - 5


WINMAU World Masters Champions

Men

Women

Youth

1974 - Cliff Inglis * 1982 - Ann Marie Davies 1986 - Harith Lim
1975 - Alan Evans * 1983 - Sonja Ralphs 1987 - Sean Bell
1976 - John Lowe 1984 - Kathy Wones 1988 - Sean Dowling
1977 - Eric Bristow 1985 - Lilian Barnett 1989 - Dennis Beisser
1978 - Ron Davis 1986 - Kathy Wones 1990 - Craig Clancy
1979 - Eric Bristow 1987 - Ann Thomas 1991 - Michael Barnard
1980 - John Lowe 1988 - Mandy Solomons 1992 - Leeanne Maddock
1981 - Eric Bristow 1989 - Mandy Solomons 1993 - Jamie Caven
1982 - Dave Whitcombe 1990 - Rhian Speed 1994 - Steven de Brucker
1983 - Eric Bristow 1991 - Sandy Reitan 1995 - Martin Whatmough
1984 - Eric Bristow 1992 - Leeanne Maddock 1996 - Carsten Hoffmann
1985 - Dave Whitcombe 1993 - Mandy Solomons 1997 - Aaron Turner
1986 - Bob Anderson 1994 - Deta Hedman 1998 - Paul Higgins
1987 - Bob Anderson 1995 - Sharon Colclough (Girls & Boys at this Time)
1988 - Bob Anderson 1996 - Sharon Douglas Boys
1989 - Peter Evison 1997 - Mandy Solomons 1999 - Martin Brown
1990 - Phil Taylor 1998 - Karen Smith 2000 - Danny Ballard
1991 - Rod Harrington 1999 - Francis Hoenselaar 2001 - Stephen Bunting
1992 - Dennis Priestley 2000 - Trina Gulliver 2002 - Sean McDonald
1993 - Steve Beaton 2001 - Anne Kirk 2003 - Kirk Shepherd
1994 - Richie Burnett 2002 - Trina Gulliver 2004 - Oskar Lukasiak
1995 - Erik Clarys 2003 - Trina Gulliver 2005 - Jonny Nijs
1996 - Colin Monk 2004 - Trina Gulliver 2006 - Maarten Pape
1997 - Graham Hunt 2005 - Trina Gulliver 2007 - Shaun Griffiths
1998 - Les Wallace 2006 - Francis Hoenselaar 2008 - Shaun Griffiths
1999 - Andy Fordham 2007 - Karin Krappen 2009 - Jamie Lewis
2000 - John Walton 2008 - Francis Hoenselaar 2010 - Reece Robinson
2001 - Raymond van Barneveld 2009 - Linda Ithurralde 2011 - Jimmy Hendriks
2002 - Mark Dudbridge 2010 - Julie Gore 2012 - Jeffery De Zwaan
2003 - Tony West 2011 - Lisa Ashton 2013 - Shaun Lovett
2004 - Mervyn King 2012 - Julie Gore 2014 - Colin Roelofs
2005 - Raymond van Barneveld 2013 - Deta Hedman 2015 - Justin van Tergouw
2006 - Michael van Gerwen 2014 - Anastasia Dobromyslova 2016 - Justin van Tergouw
2007 - Robert Thornton 2015 - Aileen De Graaf 2017 - Nico Blum
2008 - Martin Adams 2016 - Trina Gulliver MBE Girls
2009 - Martin Adams 2017 - Lorraine Winstanley 1999 - Janine Gough
2010 - Martin Adams   2000 - Janine Gough
2011 - Scott Waites WDDA 2001 - Anastasia Dobromyslova
2012 - Stephen Bunting 2014 - Ricky Chilton 2002 - Lynsey McDonald
2013 - Stephen Bunting 2015 - Vince D'Hondt 2003 - Stevis Riggs
2014 - Martin Phillips 2016 - Vince D'Hondt 2004 - Irene Adrianova
2015 - Glen Durrant 2017 - Keven Turner 2005 - Laura Tye
2016 - Glen Durrant 2006 - Kimberley Lewis
2017 - Krysztof Ratajski 2007 - Kimberley Lewis
2008 - Linda Odén
2009 - Zoe Jones
2010 - Zoe Jones
2011 - Emily Davidson
2012 - Fallon Sherrock
2013 - Casey Gallagher
2014 - Robyn Byrne
2015 - Danielle Ashton
2016 - Veronica Koroleva
2017 - Beau Greaves

* The event main sponsor was Phonogram not Winmau

For more information about the Winmau Masters please visit their website.


Winmau World Masters World Darts Disability Championship

The Winmau World Masters Disability Championship is now a feature in the darts sporting calendar. The fisrt ever first event took place 2014 as a demonstration event following a long campaign to review the dartboard height for wheelchair players. The World Disability Darts Association (WDDA) finally gained approval from the WDF and BDO for the reduce dartboard height for Wheelchair players, 137cm to the centre of the bullseye the rest is now history.

The Disability final is best of 5 legs played on a dual board set-up specifically designed so a wheelchair player and a standing player are competing directly against one another. Read more about Disability Darts.

Read more about DIsability Darts

Winmau World Masters Disability Darts Champion

2014 Ricky Chilton beat Phil Lees 3 - 2
2015 Vince D'Hondt beat Ricky Chilton 3 - 0
2016 Vince D'Hondt beat Richard Green 3 - 0
2017 Kevin Turner beat Phil Lees 3 - 1


News of the World Darts Past Winners

Said to be one of the hardest dart tournaments to win The News of the World Individual Darts Championship

News of the World Darts    

The "News of the World" tournament  began in 1927 and was originally  a London competition.  It then expanded to become one of the World's biggest darts tournaments After a couple of breaks it returned for the last time in 1996-7 by then there were two competitions a men's and ladies. The men's competition was won by Phil Taylor and the ladies by Linda Jones

To see the past winners of the oldest established darts tournament click here



 

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