WDF World Cup Men Singles 1993

The ninth WDF World Cup is played for the second time in the largest gambling city of the world; Las Vegas. In 1979 WDF World Cup II was also held there, back then with only men's teams. Just like two years ago in Zandvoort Netherlands, there were 32 countries in the men’s competition. In the ladies, 26 countries started for their sixth WDF World Cup Darts.

Traditionally, there are relatively many Caribbean countries when playing in North America. There are also three debuting countries; The Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa have joined the WDF World Cup family. The Sahara Hotel is the place to be from 13 to 16 October, just like 14 years ago. That does not apply to a lot of trusted names. This WDF World Cup goes down in history as the first after the split, with a large number of top players having set up their own darts association, later known as the PDC.

In the singles, there were no English players in the last eight. However, there were three Welshmen in the quarterfinals; Martin Phillips, Sean Palfrey and Eric Burden, the latter had won his four previous matches with 4-3. Wales thus took an advance on the Overall WDF World Cup title. 

In the first quarterfinal Dutchman Roland Scholten beat Martin Phillips convincingly 4-0 (17, 11, 11, and 14 darts). Tony Payne (USA) lost 3-4 to Sean Palfrey. Troels Rusel from Denmark defeated Belgian ace Leo Laurens 4-2. Laurens was 2-1 in front, but Rusel pinched the last three legs in 15, 14 and 15 darts. Eric Burden who defeated the Scot Alan Brown 4-2 won the last quarterfinal. 

In the first semi-final Roland Scholten kept playing well, he brushed aside Sean Palfrey from Wales 4-1, with beautiful legs in 13 and 14 darts. To make the surprise final complete, the Dane Troels Rusel defeated Eric Burden 4-2. This final was the first ever at the WDF World Cup without a native English-speaking player. 

In the final both players didn’t perform like they had during the rest of the tournament, nerves played a big part. Rusel led 2-0, but Scholten took the last four legs of the match to complete a 4-2 victory. This singles title was the first WDF World Cup singles title ever for the Netherlands in the men.

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Venue: United States Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada From: Thursday 14 October 1993 Till: Saturday 16 October 1993


Roland Scholten
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
1993 WDF World Cup