This page is dedicated to preserving historical UK major tournament history. The information contained on the British Darts events, unfortunately, isn’t as complete as I would like it to be. If you are able to provide information that may fill in some gaps then please email it to me for inclusion on this page.
The Information below is correct to my knowledge at the time of publishing, however, use at your own risk. If you need a more in-depth information please contact the major governing bodies who may be able to help your enquiry better than I am able to.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) was initially formed and was known as the World Darts Council (WDC). January 1992, after 16 BDO top professional players, along with managers Dick Allix, Tommy Cox and John Markovic, decided to break away from the British Darts Organisation in order to gain better sponsorship and TV coverage of their chosen sport, darts! The PDC now boasts an annual prize fund of £10M (2018) a figure that is constantly growing.
In 2001, the board of directors decided to step down in favour of a specialist promotional team, headed by boxing and snooker promoter, Barry Hearn, who became the chairman of the PDC.
The new team have taken darts to a new height with major TV contracts and sponsorship. The fan base for the sport has also vastly increased with venues selling out as quickly as the tickets go on sale.
In June 2018 the German Masters had over 20,000 dart fans attending. The sport has also travelled widely across the Globe with the help of the PDC where fans can see first hand the skill of the Professional PDC dart players.
Below is a list of winners, champions of the PDC staged events. Over the years the format of some of these events has changed but the prestige hasn’t.
World Champions |
World Champions Youth |
Premier League |
World Matchplay |
World Grand Prix |
UK Open |
European Championship |
Grand Slam of Darts |
Players Championship Finals |
World Cup of Darts |
The Masters |
Champions League of Darts |
World Series of Darts
The highest average achieved in the televised stages of the PDC World Championship Finals is 114.05 set by Michael van Gerwen in the 2017 semi-finals. Michael beat Raymond van Barneveld who also set the highest losing average at the championships, 109.34
Phil Taylor recorded a three dart average of 110.94 in the 2009 final. The highest ever for any major darts championship final.
The 2017 final also broke the most 180’s hit in any darts match, a total of 42. Michael van Gerwen hit 20, 180's while Gary Anderson hit 22, 180's
Adrian Lewis hit a nine dart leg in the opening set of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Final in 2011. The first ever dart player to achieve this feat in a World Darts Final
For more information on PDC events please visit the PDC website
Although the BDO has been the bedrock for youth darts for many years, it was the PDC who first introduced a World Darts Championship. Until this point, the biggest accolade a youth player could hold was the Winmau Masters title. The masters introduced a joint boys and girls (Youth) Championship in 1986. In 1999 this was split into two separate titles one for boys the other girls.
BDO classify a youth player of 18 years or younger, however, the PDC have revised their youth tournament age minimum 16 years – 23 years. Personally, 23 seems a little old for a youth player especially when Jelle Klassen won the BDO World Championship at the age of 21 and Michael van Gerwen won the Winmau Masters at 17 years old.
The Premier League started in 2005 and plays in front of sell-out crowds in arena venues across the UK & Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. The four-month season concludes in London with the play-off finals at the O2 Arena.
The Premier League final best of legs has changed over the years:
2005 - 2008 best of 31 legs
2009 - best of 25 legs
2010 - 2014 best of 19 legs
2015 - Current best of 21 legs
The World Matchplay started in 1994 and is a firm favourite of the players and the dart fans. It is played over the summer period and currently staged at the Winter Gardens Blackpool. The Winter Gardens iconic surroundings along with a close crowd atmosphere make this one of the top events of the season.
This is one of the titles all dart players want to win alongside the World Championships. Played in leg format, not sets, can make for some run away winners. However, there have been many last leg deciders in this tournament.
The World Grand Prix is unique in its format. The event is a double start double finish and many an upset is caused during this week-long tournament. Failure to start a leg with the first three darts can mean game over. However, even with this tough start, 9 dart finishes have been seen usually with a 160 start, 180, 161 finish. Although 9 darters are possible, many dart players opt for the doubles they normally finish legs, mainly double 16 at this point they immediately opt out trying to hit a perfect leg.
I wonder if we will ever see a Bull, T20, T19 start followed by a T20, T19, Bull and the same again to finish the match? A perfect 9 darter, no other dart hitting another?
The UK Open is known as the FA Cup of darts! As the name implies the tournament is open to all comers. I personally played in one of the first winning locally but due to other commitments could not attend the knockout stage to go through to the finals!
This event gives the unknown player a chance of playing some of the biggest names in darts and although there are seeds that come into the event at the later stages, the draw from then on is blind. After each round, the player's names or numbered balls to be precise, are put into a bag and the drawn live meaning seeds can easily be knocked out and the unknown local hero can proceed further in the tournament.
This is a great event, well attended as per any PDC tournament and above all fun to watch the drama unfold.
The European Championships consists of 32-players that have qualified through the European Tour Order of Merit, which includes prize money won in the 13 European Tour events throughout the year.
The Grand Slam of Darts first started in 2007 and is a cross-organisation tournament. It features top players from the PDC and the BDO. The initial rounds consist of players of both organisations competing in a round-robin group phase with the top two progressing into a straight knockout to decide the eventual winner.
Below are a list of winners and runners-up of this event and you can also see the organisation they were playing under at the time of the event.
The Players Championship Finals sees the top 64 players from the 22 Players Championship events taking part. The finals are televised however, the rounds can only be viewed via PDCTV streaming.
The tournament currently involves 32 Countries consisting of two player teams. The top 8 seeded countries are placed into eight different groups: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. They are joined by three unseeded Countries in each group and a total of four teams per group.
The first round consists of a round-robin stage where each country in the elected group play each other with the top two teams progressing to the second-round knockout stage.
The scoring is done on a point system. Each player plays singles against the opposing team, if they win, they score a point if they lose, they score nothing. After the singles, should the score be even then one round of doubles takes place to decide the winner.
* England won the title on the sudden death doubles leg.
1 point allocated to a match win either singles or doubles
The Masters is a non-ranking PDC event. The tournament features the top 16 PDC players by of Order of Merit, in a fixed draw (1 plays 16, 2 plays 15 etc). The first round and the quarterfinals are played over best of 19 legs, the semi-finals and the final are played over best of 21 legs.
The first Champions League event was staged in 2016. The format consists of the top seven players on the PDC Order of merit following the World Matchplay. The reigning champion is guaranteed a spot to defend the title. If the defending champion is still in the top seven PDC Order of Merit the eighth-placed player also qualifies.
The eight players are split into two groups of 4, Group A and Group B. Within their group players play a round-robin format first to 10 legs (best of 19). A win gives a player one point. The players with most points at the end of this stage progress to the knockout finals. Should the round robin stage be drawn the legs for / legs lost are taken into consideration. Players with the biggest difference progress.
The knockout stage, the semi-final is first to 11 legs (best of 21). The final follows suit first to 11 legs (best of 21)
Beginning in 2013, the World Series of Darts is a non-ranking event has comprised of a various number of individual tournaments across the World. Initially, the World Series consisted of just two events and has expanded due to the enormous popularity of the event to promote the sport directly into new locations.
The series consists of a mixture of the top-ranked PDC players playing against local qualifiers in a straight knockout contest. Since 2015, there have been annual finals.
Countries that have hosted one or more of the World Series of Darts events are:
Dubai, Australia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, China, USA and Germany.
Each of these events tends to be called by the location of the event followed by Masters. Example: Singapore Darts Masters. In the case of a country hosting more than one event in a year, such as Australia, then the location area name has been used. Example: Sydney Darts Masters, Perth Darts Masters.
The World Series finals consist of the top eight of the World Series of Darts ranking, plus a number of invited players by the PDC and qualifiers, 16 in total.
Although the first three World Series finals have been staged in Glasgow, Scotland, they are destined to move location. Vienna, Austria in 2018 and then the Netherlands. It is likely the finals will be staged in various Countries from this point.