WDF World Cup Men Singles 1989

The seventh WDF World Cup Darts was played from 19 to 21 October at the Skyline Hotel in Toronto, Canada. In the men's 27 countries were present and competed for the WDF World Cup darts title. In the women's event 26 countries were present for their fourth WDF World Cup. 

Would the English ladies be able to recapture their overall title that they had lost to the Americans in Copenhagen in 1987? And would the English men be able to take the overall title for the sixth time in a row? Host nation Canada took the men's overall silver two years ago, can they do a little better on home soil? Bahamas, Brazil and Kenya are there for the first time, as are Zimbabwe.

In the singles event there immediately was an upset in the first round. Jocky Wilson from Scotland lost 4-1 to Jack McKenna from Ireland. The 47-year-old Irishman continued strong in the tournament and reached the semi-finals in which he defeated home player Bob Sinnaeve 4-2.

In the final, the Irishman faced triple WDF World Cup singles champion Eric Bristow. On his way to the final, "The Crafty Cockney" only faced real opposition from Dutchman Jilles Vermaat, who he narrowly defeated 4-3. In his semi-final he beats the American Tony Payne 4-2. Bristow won the first leg of the final, McKenna opened with a 180 in the second leg, but Bristow won this leg anyway. Bristow really got going after that. He won the third leg from 126 and a bullseye finish in the fourth leg earned him his fourth consecutive WDF World Cup Singles title. Combine that with four consecutive pairs titles in the '80s and you don't have to wonder who was in charge in those years.

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Venue: Canada Skyline Hotel, Toronto, Ontario From: Thursday 19 October 1989 Till: Saturday 21 October 1989


Eric Bristow
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1989 WDF World Cup