The World Matchplay is beside the World Championship the oldest and most important of the PDC tournaments.
It is played since 1994 and was first sponsored by Proton Cars, 1995 and 1996 by Websters and after some years without a main
sponsor since 2000 by the betting company Stan James. By now it is sponsored by the betting company bet victor. The tournament is always played at the end of July in the
Empress Ballroom of the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, an older building, were no air condition is allowed to build in so
that in hot summers players sometimes get health problems on the very hot stage. That happened last in 2008 when
Dennis Smith almost had a breakdown on stage.
32 players take part in the tournament. Qualified are the top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit + the top 16 of the
Players Championship Order of Merit who are not already qualified by the Order of Merit.
Played is always 501 SIDO in legs. The format chaged over the years. Initially it was played played till one of the players got a two leg lead.
So it happened already twice that the finale was played over 36 legs. The longest first round match was played 2002 between
Peter Manley and Bob Anderson, it took 32 legs before Bob Anderson was a 17:15 legs winner.
2016 there once again was an amendment: Only five additional legs will be played. should after those still none of the players have got a two leg lead the sixth "extra" leg will be a sudden death leg.
The first round is supposed to be Best of 19 legs, round two Best of 21, quarterfinals Best of 31, semi-finals
Best of 33 and final Best of 35.
In it's very first year it was won by a non-British player - the American legend Larry Butler. One year later, in 1995, the
World Matchplay was the last time Jocky Wilson played a darts match, after he lost second round to Nigel Justice he
withdraw from darts. In 2002 Phil Taylor threw during the tournament his first ever televised Nine-Darter.
From 1984 to 1988 the BDO had organised a World Matchplay as well which is not related in any way to the PDC tournament.
It's of historical interest because during this tournament John Lowe in a match against Keith Deller threw the first
ever televised Nine-Darter for which he got the record price money of Pound 102.000.
|1994||Larry Butler||16:12||Dennis Priestley|
|1995||Phil Taylor||16:11||Dennis Priestley|
|1996||Peter Evison||16:14||Dennis Priestley|
|1997||Phil Taylor||16:11||Alan Warriner|
|1998||Rod Harrington||19:17||Ronnie Baxter|
|1999||Rod Harrington||19:17||Peter Manley|
|2000||Phil Taylor||18:12||Alan Warriner|
|2001||Phil Taylor||18:10||Richie Burnett|
|2002||Phil Taylor||18:16||John Part|
|2003||Phil Taylor||18:12||Wayne Mardle|
|2004||Phil Taylor||18:8||Mark Dudbridge|
|2005||Colin Lloyd||18:12||John Part|
|2006||Phil Taylor||18:11||James Wade|
|2007||James Wade||18:7||Terry Jenkins|
|2008||Phil Taylor||18:9||James Wade|
|2009||Phil Taylor||18:4||Terry Jenkins|
|2010||Phil Taylor||18:12||Raymond van Barneveld|
|2011||Phil Taylor||18:8||James Wade|
|2012||Phil Taylor||18:15||James Wade|
|2013||Phil Taylor||18:13||Adrian Lewis|
|2014||Phil Taylor||18:9||Michael van Gerwen|
|2015||Michael van Gerwen||18:12||James Wade|
|2016||Michael van Gerwen||18:10||Phil Taylor|
|2018||Phil Taylor||18:8||Peter Wright|
|Winner||Runner-Up||Semifinals||Quarterfinals||Last 16||Last 32|
|2012||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||7500 Pound||5000 Pound|
|2014||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||27 000 Pound||17 500 Pound||10 000 Pound||6000 Pound|
|2015/16||100 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||27 000 Pound||17 500 Pound||10 000 Pound||6000 Pound|
|2017/18||115 000 Pound||55 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||17 500 Pound||11 000 Pound||7000 Pound|