World Professional Darts Championship

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The World Professional Darts Championship was 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 game. Although Phil Taylor has won 15 world titles 2 in the BDO and 13 in the PDC version and widely considered the greatest darts player ever to have lived.

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

Englishman Phil Taylor has won a record 15 World Championships.
YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
1978Wales Leighton Rees11–7 (legs)England John Lowe
1979England John Lowe5–0Wales Leighton Rees
1980England Eric Bristow5–3England Bobby George
1981England Eric Bristow5–3England John Lowe
1982Scotland Jocky Wilson5–3England John Lowe
1983England Keith Deller6–5England Eric Bristow
1984England Eric Bristow7–1England Dave Whitcombe
1985England Eric Bristow6–2England John Lowe
1986England Eric Bristow6–0England Dave Whitcombe
1987England John Lowe6–4England Eric Bristow
1988England Bob Anderson6–4England John Lowe
1989Scotland Jocky Wilson6–4England Eric Bristow
1990England Phil Taylor6–1England Eric Bristow
1991England Dennis Priestley6–0England Eric Bristow
1992England Phil Taylor6–5England Mike Gregory
1993England John Lowe6–3England Alan Warriner

British Darts Organisation (current sponsors: Lakeside)
Main article: BDO World Championship

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
1994Canada John Part6–0England Bobby George
1995Wales Richie Burnett6–3Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
1996England Steve Beaton6–3Wales Richie Burnett
1997Scotland Les Wallace6–3Wales Marshall James
1998Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld6–5Wales Richie Burnett
1999Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld6–5England Ronnie Baxter
2000England Ted Hankey6–0England Ronnie Baxter
2001England John Walton6–2England Ted Hankey
2002Australia Tony David6–4England Mervyn King
2003Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld6–3Wales Ritchie Davies
2004England Andy Fordham6–3England Mervyn King
2005Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld6–2England Martin Adams
2006Netherlands Jelle Klaasen7–5Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
2007England Martin Adams7–6England Phill Nixon
2008Wales Mark Webster7–5Australia Simon Whitlock
2009England Ted Hankey7–6England Tony O'Shea
2010England Martin Adams7–5England Dave Chisnall
2011England Martin Adams7–5England Dean Winstanley
2012Netherlands Christian Kist7–5England Tony O'Shea

Professional Darts Corporation (current sponsors: Ladbrokes)
Main article: PDC World Championship

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
1994England Dennis Priestley6–1England Phil Taylor
1995England Phil Taylor6–2England Rod Harrington
1996England Phil Taylor6–4England Dennis Priestley
1997England Phil Taylor6–3England Dennis Priestley
1998England Phil Taylor6–0England Dennis Priestley
1999England Phil Taylor6–2England Peter Manley
2000England Phil Taylor7–3England Dennis Priestley
2001England Phil Taylor7–0Canada John Part
2002England Phil Taylor7–0England Peter Manley
2003Canada John Part7–6England Phil Taylor
2004England Phil Taylor7–6England Kevin Painter
2005England Phil Taylor7–4England Mark Dudbridge
2006England Phil Taylor7–0England Peter Manley
2007Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld7–6England Phil Taylor
2008Canada John Part7–2England Kirk Shepherd
2009England Phil Taylor7–1Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
2010England Phil Taylor7–3Australia Simon Whitlock
2011England Adrian Lewis7–5Scotland Gary Anderson
2012England Adrian Lewis7–3England Andy Hamilton

Total World Darts Championship wins

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 3 January 2012).

England Phil Taylor15213
England Eric Bristow55-
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld541
England Martin Adams33-
England John Lowe33-
Canada John Part312
Scotland Jocky Wilson22-
England Dennis Priestley211
England Ted Hankey22-
England Adrian Lewis2-2
Wales Mark Webster11-
Wales Leighton Rees11-
England Keith Deller11-
England Bob Anderson11-
Wales Richie Burnett11-
England Steve Beaton11-
Scotland Les Wallace11-
England John Walton11-
Australia Tony David11-
England Andy Fordham11-
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen11-
Netherlands Christian Kist11-

Women's winners

British Darts Organisation (current sponsors: Lakeside)
Main article: BDO World Championship

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
2001England Trina Gulliver2–1England Mandy Solomons
2002England Trina Gulliver2–1Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar
2003England Trina Gulliver2–0Scotland Anne Kirk
2004England Trina Gulliver2–0Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar
2005England Trina Gulliver2–0Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar
2006England Trina Gulliver2–0Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar
2007England Trina Gulliver2–1Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar
2008Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova2–0England Trina Gulliver
2009Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar2–1England Trina Gulliver
2010England Trina Gulliver2–0Wales Rhian Edwards
2011England Trina Gulliver2–0Wales Rhian Edwards
2012Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova2–1England Deta Hedman

Professional Darts Corporation (current sponsors: Unicorn)
Main article: PDC Women's World Championship

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
2010United States Stacy Bromberg6–5 (legs)England Tricia Wright