- 1994 PDC World Darts Championship
The 1994 Skol World Darts Championships was held following 18 months of controversy within the sport of darts. After the 1993 Embassy World Championships, several players decided it was time to part company with the
British Darts Organisation(who had always organised the World Championship) and form their own organisation. The new organisation was known as the World Darts Council (WDC). The WDC would later become the Professional Darts Corporation(PDC).
The WDC decided to introduce their own separate World Championship, with the inaugural tournament being staged before the BDO version. The 1994 Championship actually started on Boxing Day 1993. This started a tradition for the WDC/PDC World Championship to actually kick off before the new calendar year begins. The tournament was staged at the
Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Essex.
The 16 Defectors
Originally 16 players "defected" from the BDO to form the WDC/PDC -
Phil Taylor, Dennis Priestley, Rod Harrington, Alan Warriner, Peter Evison, Richie Gardner, Jocky Wilson, Eric Bristow, Keith Deller, John Lowe, Bob Anderson, Cliff Lazarenko, Kevin Spiolek, Jamie Harvey, Mike Gregory and Chris Johns.
However Johns and Gregory returned to the BDO without ever competing at the PDC World Championship. They were replaced with
Graeme Stoddartand Kevin Burrowsand the field was brought up to 24 by adding seven players from the United States and Tom Kirby of Ireland.
The Tournament & Format
Dennis Priestley became the first WDC World Champion, winning his second championship in the process, defeating Phil Taylor by 6 sets to 1 in the final.
There were 24 players involved and the tournament featured an unusual round-robin format. The players were put into groups of three where the order of play was thus:
*Player A v Player B
*Loser of Match 1 v Player C
*Winner of Match 1 v Player C
This was done so that there would usually always be something to play for in the last group game.
The group winner would progress to the quarter-finals (best of seven sets) and the tournament then became a straight knock-out event. The semi-finals were the best of 9 sets and the final was best of 11 sets.
Phil Taylor defeated four opponents with a set record of 15-3 (Watkins 3-0, Bravedart Jamie Harvey 3-1, Bob Anderson 4-2, and Steve Brown 5-0) to reach the final. Dennis Priestley had seen off
Peter Evisonin the semi-final and became a World Champion for a second time with a bang, winning the final 6-1 to add to his 6-0 whitewash victory over Eric Bristowin the BDO in 1991.
The prize money for the tournament was £64,000 - significantly less than the 1994 BDO World Championship which featured a £136,100 prize fund. [ [http://www.teessidesoftware.no-ip.com/DartsDatabase/EventResultsPrize.aspx?EventKey=244 Prize money breakdown] dartsdatabase]
:Champion £16,000 (BDO £32,000):Runner-up £8,000 (BDO £16,000):Third place £5,000 (BDO £7,700):Fourth place £3,000 (BDO £7,700):Quarter-finals £1,500 (BDO £3,800):Group stage £1,250 (BDO last 16 £2,800 last 32 £1,900)
The majority of the major players came through the group stage without trouble, though Phil Taylor would have been hopeful of a 3-0 win against Bravedart Jamie Harvey coming through by 3 sets to 1. 1988 World Champion Bob Anderson would join him after a series of 3-0 wins against Gerald Verrirer and Dave Kelly. Steve Brown though upset the odds in Group 3 in taking out 1983 champion Keith Deller, whose best days had began to go. Alan Warriner would be through to meet him after a couple of 3-1 wins against Richie Gardner and Cliff Lazarenko. Peter Evison, former no. 2 seed with the BDO also would go through to the quarter-finals after 2 wins. Rod Harrington also went through from Group 6, though not without difficulty. After a 3-1 win over five time World Champion Eric Bristow in match 1, he narrowly defeated Sean Downs by 3 sets to 2 to go through to the last 8.
Group 7 would see John Lowe bow out, in a tight group in which Tom Kirby from Ireland booked a quarter-final slot despite suffering defeat in his opening match. He would be up against Dennis Priestley after the Yorkshireman saw off Jockey Wilson and Graeme Stoddart to book a quarter-final slot
Quarter-FinalsIn the battle of two former world champions, Phil Taylor moved onto the Semi-Finals with a 4-2 win over fellow Englishman Bob Anderson, who would still be searching for his second world title. Steve Brown upset the odds to defeat 1993 World Finalist Alan Warriner 6-3 to move on into the semi-finals and a meeting with Taylor. Rod Harrington, who had struggled through his second match against Sean Downs would bow out at this stage, Peter Evison winning 4-1.
Dennis Priestley ensured that there would be at least one English Finalist, in setting up a meeting with Evison after ending the run in the event of Tom Kirby by 4 sets to 2.
Semi-FinalsAmerican interest ended at this stage, after Steve Brown's run in eliminating Deller and Warriner, he struggled against Taylor, and the Englishman would go through, a very convincing 5-0 winner to the final. He would meet Priestley - who beat him en route to his 1991 World Title after the Yorkshireman won 5-3 against Peter Evison
FinalGiven that their previous World Championship meeting had been a thriller 4-3, it came a big surprise that Priestley would win comfortably, his second world title came with a 6-1 win, adding to the 6-0 win over Eric Bristow in 1991.
1st Round - Group Stages
Phil Taylorflagicon|ENG - Jamie Harveyflagicon|SCO 3 - 1
Jamie Harveyflagicon|SCO - Jim Watkins flagicon|USA 2 - 3
Phil Taylorflagicon|ENG - Jim Watkins flagicon|USA 3 - 0
Gerald Verrierflagicon|USA - Bob Anderson flagicon|ENG 0 - 3
Gerald Verrierflagicon|USA - Dave Kelly flagicon|USA 3 - 0
**Bob Anderson flagicon|ENG - Dave Kelly flagicon|USA 3 - 0
Keith Dellerflagicon|ENG - Kevin Spiolekflagicon|ENG 1 - 3
Keith Dellerflagicon|ENG - Steve Brown flagicon|USA 1 - 3
**Steve Brown flagicon|USA -
Kevin Spiolekflagicon|ENG 3 - 0
**Alan Warriner flagicon|ENG -
Richie Gardnerflagicon|ENG 3 - 1
Richie Gardnerflagicon|ENG - Cliff Lazarenkoflagicon|ENG 3 - 1
**Alan Warriner flagicon|ENG -
Cliff Lazarenkoflagicon|ENG 3 - 1
Peter Evisonflagicon|ENG - Jerry Umbergerflagicon|USA 3 - 0
Jerry Umbergerflagicon|USA - Kevin Burrowsflagicon|ENG 3 - 0
Peter Evisonflagicon|ENG - Kevin Burrowsflagicon|ENG 3 - 0
Rod Harringtonflagicon|ENG - Eric Bristowflagicon|ENG 3 - 1
Eric Bristowflagicon|ENG - Sean Downsflagicon|USA 3 - 2
Rod Harringtonflagicon|ENG - Sean Downsflagicon|USA 3 - 2
Dennis Priestleyflagicon|ENG - Jocky Wilsonflagicon|SCO 3 - 2
Jocky Wilsonflagicon|SCO - Graeme Stoddartflagicon|ENG 1 - 3
Dennis Priestleyflagicon|ENG - Graeme Stoddartflagicon|ENG 3 - 0
8TeamBracket | RD1= Quarter Finals
2 January 1994
RD1-seed1=Group 1 winner
RD1-seed2=Group 2 Winner
RD1-team2=flagicon|ENG Bob Anderson 90.72
RD1-seed5=Group 5 winner
RD1-seed6=Group 6 winner
RD1-seed7=Group 7 winner
RD1-seed8=Group 8 winner
RD2-team2=flagicon|USA Steve Brown 91.20
Third-place play-off Steve Brown 5-1
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