World Matchplay

Organised since 1994 by the PDC it has always been held in probably the most attractive darts venue in the world, the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Always warm or should we say hot, and always filled with enthusiastic crowds. When Phil Taylor retires in January 2018 the World Matchplay trophy is renamed “The Phil Taylor Trophy”.

The most surprising winner of any major TV event in the last 25 years is the first winner. Larry Butler from the USA has his career highlight lifting the trophy in 1994.

Seven times a nine-darter has been thrown on this stage. Phil Taylor was the first to do this in 2002 and wrote history as the first player to hit a nine-darter at a PDC TV tournament. It earned The Power a bonus of 100,000 British pounds. The last nine darter so far is in the name of Gary Anderson, who threw it in 2018.

As is common in all PDC events, Taylor’s name appears on the trophy more than any other, no less than sixteen times his name is engraved in the trophy. He wins five times in row between 2000 and 2004 and seven times between 2008 and 2014. Rod Harrington, two years PDC No.1 has won the event twice in 1998 and 1999. Michael van Gerwen is the only other player to win the Matchplay twice. Only six other names are on the cup; Larry Butler, Peter Evison, Colin Lloyd, James Wade, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross all win the title in Blackpool once.

The World Matchplay was organised by the BDO in the 80’s as the MFI, but only shares its name as it is not the same event, therefore it has not been included in the stats.

Upcoming season (2020)

Tournament starts in

Reigning champion

Rob Cross
Photographer: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
2019 World Matchplay

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2019
(2) (95.16)
18
18 - 13
(5) (95.91)
13
2018
(4) (101.12)
21
21 - 19
(6) (104.43)
19
2017
(8) (104.24)
18
18 - 8
(3) (99.74)
8
2016
(1) (103.93)
18
18 - 10
(3) (101.13)
10
2015
(1) (99.91)
18
18 - 12
(6) (90.37)
12
2014
(2) (107.19)
18
18 - 9
(1) (101.49)
9
2013
(1) (111.23)
18
18 - 13
(3) (105.92)
13
2012
(1) (98.97)
18
18 - 15
(3) (95.91)
15
2011
(1) (103.83)
18
18 - 8
(3) (98.85)
8
2010
(1) (105.15)
18
18 - 12
(2) (100.11)
12
2009
(1) (106.05)
18
18 - 4
(6) (92.31)
4
2008
(1) (109.47)
18
18 - 9
(3) (102.57)
9
2007
(11) (96.84)
18
18 - 7
(5) (91.62)
7
2006
(1) (100.08)
18
18 - 11
(90.00)
11
2005
(1) (97.89)
18
18 - 12
(7) (94.53)
12
2004
(4) (100.12)
18
18 - 8
2003
(1) (97.44)
18
18 - 12
(11) (94.38)
12
2002
(1) (98.76)
18
18 - 16
(3) (94.14)
16
2001
(3) (99.57)
18
18 - 10
(90.99)
10
2000
(1) (100.32)
18
18 - 12
(6) (97.14)
12
1999
(1) (85.94)
19
19 - 17
(2) (86.92)
17
1998
(1) (95.04)
19
19 - 17
(94.08)
17
1997
(1) (106.32)
16
16 - 11
(6) (98.43)
11
1996
(100.50)
16
16 - 14
(2) (96.66)
14
1995
(2) (90.72)
16
16 - 11
(4) (87.63)
11
1994
(92.70)
16
16 - 12
(1) (91.59)
12