The PDC World Championship is played since 1994.
It always starts in the weeks before Christmas and is played with a break over the holidays into the New Year, so that
the final usually overlaps with the early rounds of the BDO World Championship.
As the final is always played in the New Year the New Year counts for the name. So the tournament which started before
Christmas in 2010 will be the World Championship 2011.
The World Championship is the biggest and most important tournament of the PDC.
From 1994 to 2007 it was hold in the Circus Tavern in Purfleet in front of around 800 spectators. It was rather cramped so the
PDC changed to the Alexandra Palace where already the"News of the World" took place and now more then 2500 spectators can follow
the tournament live.
From the first year the tournament is televised by Sky Sports and the production is sold to several other television transmitters.
In Holland it is televised by SBS6, Sports1 is it inGermany, Fox Sports in USA and Australia, TSN in Canada, SuperSport in South Africa),
Ten Sports in India, CCTV in China, Showtime in the Middle East, Ukraine TV in Ukraine, Sky in New Zealand, IKO in Poland, Starhub in
Singapore, Sport1 in Hungary, Meersat in Malaysia, 7TV in Russia, Measat in Indonesia and J Sports in Japan though it is often not
64 players participate in the main tournament, 2011 that will be the top 32 of the Order of Merit(as always), 20 players are invited
who are qualified by a qualifier outside the UK or through the PDPA qualifier. The Top 4 of the European Order of Merit not
qualified in another way will take part and the top 16 of the Players Championship order of Merit not yet qualified.
The format of the preliminary round best of seven is legs. The rest of the tournament is played in sets,
first round best of five, second and third round best of seven, quarterfinals best of nine, semi-finals best of 11 und finale best of 13.
The price money increased more and more, the winner in 2014 will get 250 000 pound and the runner-up 100 000 pound.
There were changing sponsors at first but no since 2003 the tournament is sponsored by Ladbrokes com - a betting company.
Though the tournament already runs over 16 years there have been only four different winners so far. Dennis Priestley could
win the inaugural Championship, Raymond van Barneveld was the winner in 2007 - his first year in the PDC. John Part till
now won two times in 2003 and 2008.
The dominant player of the tournament was Phil Taylor with till now 16 titles who
only once till now didn't reach the final.
In all 16 tournaments so far Phil Taylor only lost four matches, but it is Raymond van Barneveld who managed the nine-darters -
two so far. 2010 507 180's were thrown throughout then tournament, Simon Whitlock threw 58 of them.
The highest average till now played Phil Taylor with 111.21 in a second round match.
The PDC always tries to liven the tournament up. It introduced Walk-on girls some years ago who accompany the players during their
walk-on's . During the World Championship 2010 there was a group of cheerleaders, who danced during the walk-on and while
the players warmed up on stage.
PDC World Champions
|1994||Dennis Priestley||6:1||Phil Taylor|
|1995||Phil Taylor||6:2||Rod Harrington|
|1996||Phil Taylor||6:4||Dennis Priestley |
|1997||Phil Taylor||6:3||Rod Harrington|
|1998||Phil Taylor||6:0||Dennis Priestley|
|1999||Phil Taylor||6:2||Peter Manley|
|2000||Phil Taylor||7:3||Dennis Priestley|
|2001||Phil Taylor||7:0||John Part|
|2002||Phil Taylor||7:0||Peter Manley |
|2003||John Part||7:6||Phil Taylor|
|2004||Phil Taylor||7:6||Kevin Painter|
|2005||Phil Taylor||7:4||Mark Dudbridge|
|2006||Phil Taylor||7:0||Peter Manley|
|2007||Raymond van Barneveld||7:6||Phil Taylor |
|2008||John Part||7:2||Kirk Sheperd|
|2009||Phil Taylor||7:1||Raymond van Barneveld|
|2010||Phil Taylor||7:3||Simon Whitlock |
|2011||Adrian Lewis||7:5||Gary Anderson|
|2012||Adrian Lewis||7:3||Andy Hamilton|
|2013||Phil Taylor||7:4||Michael van Gerwen|
|2014||Michael van Gerwen||7:4||Peter Wright|
|2015||Gary Anderson||7:6||Phil Taylor|
|2016||Gary Anderson||7:5||Adrian Lewis|
|2017||Michael van Gerwe||7:3||Gary Anderson|
| ||Winner||Runner-Up||Semifinals||Quarterfinals||Last 16||Last 32||Last 64||Preliminary|
|2012||200 000 Pound||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||6000 Pound||3500 Pound|
|2013||200 000 Pound||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||6000 Pound||3500 Pound|
|2014||250 000 Pound||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||6000 Pound||3500 Pound|
|2015||250 000 Pound||120 000 Pound||60 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||18 000 Pound||12 000 Pound||8000 Pound||3500 Pound|
|2016||300 000 Pound||150 000 Pound||70 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||22 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||4250 Pound|
|2017||350 000 Pound||160 000 Pound||80 000 Pound||38 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||17 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||4500 Pound|