World Matchplay Darts Championship
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The Stan James World
Matchplay is a darts tournament, played in a
legs format, and is run by the
Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).
The World Matchplay has been played
yearly since 1994 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter
Gardens, Blackpool. The first ever winner was
Larry Butler, who beat Dennis Priestley 16-12, and the current holder
is Phil Taylor. It is regarded as
the second biggest PDC Tournament, status shown by the fact the whole tournament was sold out within 3 days
of the tickets being on sale.
The 1995 World Matchplay turned out to be
Jocky Wilson's last appearance in a major
televised event. Wilson had reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural tournament in 1994 and he beat Rod
Harrington in the 1st round in 1995, but a 2nd round defeat against Nigel Justice was effectively the end of
The difference between this and other darts tournaments is that
there is no deciding leg - players must win by two clear legs. The first round is usually played over the first to
10 legs, but if the score reaches 9-9, play continues until either player gains a 2 leg lead.
Phil Taylor is the current champion beating Terry Jenkins,18-4
with an average of 106.05.
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