WDF World Cup Men Singles 1993

World Cup IX was played in the largest gambling city in the world; Las Vegas for the second time in history. Just like two years ago in Zandvoort Netherlands, 32 countries toed the oche.

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 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 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 World Cup singles title ever for the Netherlands in the men.

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Venue: United States Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada From: Wednesday 13 October 1993 Till: Saturday 16 October 1993


Roland Scholten
1993 WDF World Cup