BDO World Darts Championship
The BDO World Darts Championship was a world championship competition in darts, organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO). It was held 43 times from 1978 to 2020.
|BDO World Professional Darts Championship|
|Venue||Indigo at The O2, London (2020)|
Lakeside, Frimley Green (1986–2019)
Jollees, Stoke-on-Trent (1979–1985)
Heart of the Midlands, Nottingham (1978)
|Organisation(s)||BDO category Major|
WDF category Major
|Prize fund||£164,000 (2020)|
| Wayne Warren (men's)|
Mikuru Suzuki (women's)
Keane Barry (youth)
The championship was first held at the Heart of the Midlands Nightclub in the English city of Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. From 1986 to 2019, it was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. In 2020, the tournament was held at Indigo, part of the O2 entertainment district in London.
Until the split in darts, it was the only World Darts Championship tournament. The 1993 tournament was the last unified Championship. 16 players left following a dispute with the BDO and the newly formed Professional Darts Corporation started staging its own annual PDC World Championship since 1994.
In 1983, Keith Deller, a 23-year-old qualifier from Ipswich, beat the world's top three players including Eric Bristow in the final, to produce one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history.
In 1990 American player Paul Lim hit the tournament's first 9-dart finish in the second round against Irishman Jack McKenna to win a bonus of £52,000 which was more than the eventual champion Phil Taylor received.
The finals of 1992, 1998 and 1999 all went into a deciding set play off, having reached 5 sets all and 2 legs all. In 1992, Phil Taylor defeated Mike Gregory in a sudden death leg, having reached 5 legs apiece. In 1998 Raymond van Barneveld beat Richie Burnett 4–2 in legs in the deciding set. Van Barneveld then repeated the same final set scoreline the following year against Ronnie Baxter.
In the final in 2007 Martin Adams was 6 sets up and, after the comfort break, Phill Nixon responded by winning the next 6 consecutive sets. Adams held on to take victory in the 13th and deciding set, to win the title that had eluded him for 14 years.
In 2019, Glen Durrant became the second player to win three consecutive BDO Men's World Championhips after Eric Bristow between 1984 and 1986, while Mikuru Suzuki became the first Asian world darts champion in any form.
In 2020 the tournament was staged at the Indigo at The O2 in London. It was the first BDO World Darts Championship not held at the Lakeside Country Club since 1985. Wayne Warren became the oldest player ever to win a world title. It was also the last World Darts Championship organised by the BDO before the collapse of the company. The World Darts Federation announced plans to launch the WDF World Championship.
Final results and statistics
|1978||Leighton Rees||92.40||11 – 7 legs||John Lowe||89.40||£10,500||£3,000||£1,700||Heart of the Midlands Club,
|1979||John Lowe||87.42||5 – 0 sets||Leighton Rees||76.62||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000||Jollees,|
|1980||Eric Bristow||88.10||5 – 3||Bobby George||86.49||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000|
|1981||Eric Bristow (2)||86.10||5 – 3||John Lowe||81.00||£23,300||£5,500||£2,500|
|1982||Jocky Wilson||88.10||5 – 3||John Lowe||84.30||£28,000||£6,500||£3,000|
|1983||Keith Deller||90.00||6 – 5||Eric Bristow||93.90||£33,050||£8,000||£3,500|
|1984||Eric Bristow (3)||97.50||7 – 1||Dave Whitcombe||90.60||£38,500||£9,000||£4,000|
|1985||Eric Bristow (4)||97.50||6 – 2||John Lowe||93.12||£43,000||£10,000||£5,000|
|1986||Eric Bristow (5)||94.47||6 – 0||Dave Whitcombe||90.45||£52,500||£12,000||£6,000||Lakeside Country Club,|
Frimley Green, Surrey
|1987||John Lowe (2)||90.63||6 – 4||Eric Bristow||94.29||£60,300||£14,000||£7,000|
|1988||Bob Anderson||92.70||6 – 4||John Lowe||92.07||£71,600||£16,000||£8,000|
|1989||Jocky Wilson (2)||94.32||6 – 4||Eric Bristow||90.66||£86,900||£20,000||£10,000|
|1990||Phil Taylor||97.47||6 – 1||Eric Bristow||93.00||£153,200||£24,000||£12,000|
|1991||Dennis Priestley||92.57||6 – 0||Eric Bristow||84.15||£110,500||£26,000||£13,000|
|1992||Phil Taylor (2)||97.58||6 – 5||Mike Gregory||94.42||£119,500||£28,000||£14,000|
|1993||John Lowe (3)||83.97||6 – 3||Alan Warriner||82.32||£128,500||£30,000||£15,000|
|1994||John Part||82.44||6 – 0||Bobby George||80.31||£136,100||£32,000||£16,000|
|1995||Richie Burnett||93.63||6 – 3||Raymond van Barneveld||91.23||£143,000||£34,000||£17,000|
|1996||Steve Beaton||90.27||6 – 3||Richie Burnett||88.05||£150,000||£36,000||£18,000|
|1997||Les Wallace||92.19||6 – 3||Marshall James||92.01||£158,000||£38,000||£19,000|
|1998||Raymond van Barneveld||93.96||6 – 5||Richie Burnett||97.14||£166,000||£40,000||£20,000|
|1999||Raymond van Barneveld (2)||94.65||6 – 5||Ronnie Baxter||94.65||£174,000||£42,000||£21,000|
|2000||Ted Hankey||92.40||6 – 0||Ronnie Baxter||88.35||£182,000||£44,000||£22,000|
|2001||John Walton||95.55||6 – 2||Ted Hankey||94.86||£189,000||£46,000||£23,000|
|2002||Tony David||93.57||6 – 4||Mervyn King||89.67||£197,000||£48,000||£24,000|
|2003||Raymond van Barneveld (3)||94.86||6 – 3||Ritchie Davies||90.66||£205,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2004||Andy Fordham||97.08||6 – 3||Mervyn King||91.02||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000||Lakeside|
|2005||Raymond van Barneveld (4)||96.78||6 – 2||Martin Adams||91.35||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2006||Jelle Klaasen||90.42||7 – 5||Raymond van Barneveld||93.06||£211,000||£60,000||£25,000|
|2007||Martin Adams||90.30||7 – 6||Phill Nixon||87.09||£226,000||£70,000||£30,000|
|2008||Mark Webster||92.07||7 – 5||Simon Whitlock||93.92||£246,000||£85,000||£30,000|
|2009||Ted Hankey (2)||91.46||7 – 6||Tony O'Shea||90.54||£256,000||£95,000||£30,000|
|2010||Martin Adams (2)||95.01||7 – 5||Dave Chisnall||93.42||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2011||Martin Adams (3)||92.13||7 – 5||Dean Winstanley||89.08||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2012||Christian Kist||90.00||7 – 5||Tony O'Shea||87.78||£258,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2013||Scott Waites||86.43||7 – 1||Tony O'Shea||81.90||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2014||Stephen Bunting||96.18||7 – 4||Alan Norris||92.19||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2015||Scott Mitchell||92.61||7 – 6||Martin Adams||92.55||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2016||Scott Waites (2)||87.54||7 – 1||Jeff Smith||84.99||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2017||Glen Durrant||93.48||7 – 3||Danny Noppert||93.30||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2018||Glen Durrant (2)||93.97||7 – 6||Mark McGeeney||86.31||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2019||Glen Durrant (3)||95.19||7 – 3||Scott Waites||91.38||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2020||Wayne Warren||93.72||7 – 4||Jim Williams||94.53||£164,000||£23,000||£10,000||Indigo at The O2, London||BDO|
|Raymond van Barneveld||4||2|
|Paul Lim||1990, 2nd Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Jack McKenna||3–2|
Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.
Since the BDO Championship started in 1978, there have been 21 occasions where a player has achieved a three-dart average in excess of 100 during a match. Keith Deller was the first player to achieve an average of 100, in the quarter-final of 1985 against John Lowe, although he lost the match. It was not until Phil Taylor's semi-final of 1990 that another player managed a 100 average. Raymond van Barneveld has achieved the feat six times.
|Different players with a 100+ match average - updated 6/5/18|
|Player||Total||Highest Av.||Year (+ Round)|
|Raymond van Barneveld||6||103.83||2004, Quarter-Final|
|Martin Adams||3||101.28||2002, Quarter-Final|
|Ted Hankey||2||101.55||1998, Last 32|
|Dennis Priestley||1||102.63||1993, Last 32|
|Mervyn King||1||101.67||2002, Quarter-Final|
|Marko Pusa||1||101.40||2001, Last 32|
|Glen Durrant||1||100.92||2018, Quarter-Final|
|Phil Taylor||1||100.80||1990, Semi-Final|
|Darryl Fitton||1||100.71||2008, Last 16|
|Stephen Bunting||1||100.65||2014, Last 16|
|John Walton||1||100.62||2001, Last 32|
|Keith Deller||1||100.29||1985, Quarter-Final|
|Chris Mason||1||100.02||2000, Last 32|
|Five highest tournament averages (min 3 matches)|
|100.88||Raymond van Barneveld||2002|
|97.96||Raymond van Barneveld||2004|
|97.62||Raymond van Barneveld||2003|
|97.49||Raymond van Barneveld||2005|
The women's World Championship started at the Lakeside in 2001 and Trina Gulliver has won ten championships. Her seventh title in 2007 took her overall record at the Lakeside to 20 match wins and having only dropped four sets in the history of the championship – one each in the finals of 2001, 2002 and 2007 and one in the quarter final of 2003. She managed a long run of 13 consecutive matches without dropping a single set, which started the semi-final of 2003 and ended in the final of 2007.
In 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova won the championship, becoming the first player other than Trina Gulliver to take the title. Following her appearance at the Grand Slam of Darts in November 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova joined the Professional Darts Corporation, hence leaving the BDO and did not defend her title. 2009 saw five-time runner-up Francis Hoenselaar complete the Masters/World Championship double by beating Gulliver 2–1 in the final. 2012 was the first final without Gulliver, who lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion Dobromyslova.
|Five highest tournament averages (min 2 matches)|
Since the split in darts two versions of the world championship have existed since 1994, this record section relates specifically to achievements in the BDO version.
- Most titles: Eric Bristow 5. Raymond van Barneveld has won four titles
- Most finals: Eric Bristow 10. John Lowe appeared in eight finals and Raymond van Barneveld reached the final six times
- Most appearances: Martin Adams 26. John Lowe and Eric Bristow appeared in the first 16 tournaments, but the split in darts prevented them from increasing that total. Adams' appearance at the 2010 tournament surpassed their record.
- Youngest champion: Jelle Klaasen 21 years 90 days (2006)
- Youngest competitor: Leighton Bennett 14 years 4 days (2020)
- Oldest champion: Wayne Warren 57 years 219 days (2020)
The tournament was broadcast in the UK by BBC Sport on television for nearly 40 years, from its inception in 1978 until the decision to drop the coverage after the 2016 tournament. The BBC's coverage was led by David Vine (1978), Peter Purves (1979–1983), Tony Gubba (1984–1990), Eamonn Holmes (1991–1992), Dougie Donnelly (1993–1998), John Inverdale (2000) and Ray Stubbs (1999 and 2001–2009). Twice world finalist Bobby George was a pundit on the BBC's coverage from 1998. Colin Murray succeeded Stubbs as presenter from 2010–2016. Murray was assisted by Rob Walker.
Tony Green was the longest-serving member of the BBC commentary team, covering the event from the first championship in 1978 until the end of the BBC's coverage in 2016. As the BBC shared coverage and commentators from 2012 until 2016, Green was also heard on ESPN and BT Sport in later years. He only missed the event once during his 38-year career due to illness in 2011 and he was replaced by BBC Radio 5 Live's Vassos Alexander. Alexander then stayed in the commentary box every year until 2016.
The rest of the commentary team changed over the years with David Vine (1978), Sid Waddell (1978–1994), 1994 BDO world champion John Part (1995–2007) and David Croft who covered the tournament for 10 years on BBC TV and radio until 2012. He was replaced by Jim Proudfoot of talkSPORT in 2013, who went on to cover the tournament in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 with different broadcasters. John Rawling began commentating in 2014 with BBC/BT and was still part of the commentary team as coverage switched to Eurosport/Quest in 2019. The rest of the commentary team has included BDO players Bobby George, Martin Adams, Trina Gulliver, Tony O'Shea and Scott Mitchell.
For several years between 1989 and 2001, the Championship was often the only tournament shown on terrestrial television in the UK.
From 2005, viewers were able to see every dart live at the World Championship, when the BBC introduced interactive coverage on its BBC Red Button service. From 2012, they began to reduce their coverage as they surrendered their exclusive coverage for the first time in the UK. ESPN took over the live broadcasting of the evening sessions, although the BBC held on to exclusively live coverage of the final.
The BBC regained exclusive coverage for the 2014 tournament, but resumed a shared broadcasting agreement to cover the 2015 and 2016 events with BT who covered every evening session in the tournament. John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley provided the commentary for both broadcasters in 2015 and 2016 - Jim Proudfoot was an additional commentator in 2015.
The BBC contract expired after the 2016 final and they opted to drop the tournament, instead covering a new PDC tournament, the Champions League of Darts in September 2016. The rights from 2017 were taken up by Channel 4.
After being broadcast exclusively on the BBC in the UK for 34 years, ESPN began sharing coverage of the tournament in 2012. Ray Stubbs was confirmed as their host. ESPN host Nat Coombs was also part of the presentation team. Both broadcasters used the same commentary team – Tony Green, David Croft and Vassos Alexander for 2012 and Jim Proudfoot replacing Croft for 2013. ESPN broadcast the evening sessions from the opening day until the quarter finals, as well as the second semi-final live. ESPN showed recorded highlights of the final. Following the launch of BT Sport, which acquired all of ESPN's sporting rights, coverage was dropped from ESPN and the entire 2014 championship was shown exclusively live by the BBC.
BT Sport covered the event between 2015 and 2018, first of all sharing broadcasting arrangements with the BBC in 2015 and 2016, then with Channel 4 in 2017 and 2018. They had exclusive live coverage of the all the evening sessions, plus the second semi-final across their four years broadcasting the event. BT broadcast the final live in all four years of the coverage, although it was shared live coverage with their broadcast partners (BBC 2015-2016 and Channel 4 2017-2018)
BT Sport welcomed back Ray Stubbs as main host in 2015 and 2016, who returned to Lakeside coverage having fronted the BBC's coverage in 1999 and from 2001–2009 and also for ESPN (2012-2013). Stubbs hosted alongside 2-time champion Ted Hankey who returned to the BDO in 2014 but just missed out on a qualifying spot for Lakeside 2015. Roving reporters were Helen Skelton in 2015 and Reshmin Chowdhury in 2016. Commentators were shared by broadcasters during BT's four year coverage. John Rawling and Vassos Alexander broadcast commentary throughout BT's four-year coverage, Jim Proudfoot covered the event in 2015, 2017 and 2018. George Riley and Tony Green covered the event in 2015 and 2016, with Green retiring after the 2016 event, after the BBC ended their coverage.
Ray Stubbs left BT Sport for Talksport 2 during 2016, and was replaced by Matt Smith for the 2017 and 2018 events, with Chris Mason acting as their analyst.
Channel 4 signed a two-year deal to cover the 2017 and 2018 championships, sharing the event with BT Sport. Their coverage was presented by Rob Walker, alongside PDC professional Paul Nicholson and BDO Ladies' player Deta Hedman. Bobby George presented features. Commentary was provided again from Jim Proudfoot, John Rawling & Vassos Alexander.
Eurosport and Quest
Prior to the 2019 championship, the BDO secured a new 3-year deal with Eurosport with coverage being shown on both the broadcasters main subscription channel and free-to-air on Quest. As with the previous years the afternoon sessions were shown free to air with Quest simulcasting Eurosport coverage with highlights of the evening sessions also being shown on Quest. Eurosport cover every session with both broadcasters showing the final live. The coverage was presented by Nat Coombs with Georgie Bingham also reporting on the event. Punditry and commentary for the tournament were provided by John Rawling, Chris Mason, Paul Nicholson, Martin Adams and Tony O'Shea.
UK viewing figures for World Championship final data provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board UK.
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