World Professional Darts Championship

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 for the 2008 World Championship.

Men's winners

By player

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 14 January 2018).

Player Total BDO PDC
Phil Taylor16214
Raymond van Barneveld541
Eric Bristow55-
Martin Adams33-
John Lowe33-
John Part312
Gary Anderson2-2
Michael van Gerwen2-2
Glen Durrant22-
Ted Hankey22-
Adrian Lewis2-2
Dennis Priestley211
Scott Waites22-
Jocky Wilson22-
Bob Anderson11-
Steve Beaton11-
Stephen Bunting11-
Richie Burnett11-
Rob Cross1-1
Tony David11-
Keith Deller11-
Andy Fordham11-
Christian Kist11-
Jelle Klaasen11-
Scott Mitchell11-
Leighton Rees11-
Les Wallace11-
John Walton11-
Mark Webster11-

Highest average progression

Average Seed Player Score Opponent Stage Year
97.49 3 Leighton Rees 6–3 Alan Evans QF 1978
99.00 5 John Lowe 2–0 Tony Brown 1st 1984
100.29 unseeded Keith Deller 2–4 John Lowe QF 1985
100.80 unseeded Phil Taylor 5–0 Cliff Lazarenko SF 1990
102.63 1 Dennis Priestley 3–0 Jocky Wilson 1st 1993
103.98 1 Phil Taylor 6–0 Dennis Priestley F 1998
105.03 3 Phil Taylor 3–0 Reg Harding 1st 1999
105.87 2 Phil Taylor 6–0 Alan Warriner QF 2000
107.46 2 Phil Taylor 7–0 John Part F 2001
111.21 2 Phil Taylor 6–1 Shayne Burgess 2nd 2002
114.05 1 Michael van Gerwen 6–2 Raymond van Barneveld SF 2017

Women's winners

By player

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 13 January 2018).

Player Total BDO PDC
Trina Gulliver1010-
Lisa Ashton44-
Anastasia Dobromyslova33-
Francis Hoenselaar11-
Stacy Bromberg1-1

Youth winners


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