Okay, we are already on Darts WC 2020 and you too, right? The Darts World Cup is the absolute highlight throughout the calendar year, for both players and fans. The high prize money, the fanatical crowd at Ally Pally and the many darts players from all over the world – darts! In this blog post, we would like to provide you with 11 curious facts about the Darts World Cup, which we were able to find out. Attention: some are also facts that should be seen with a wink.
- Fact 1: The Top 3 Darts World Cups come from three countries – for eight years
- Fact 2: Record Vice World Champion Phil Taylor
- Fact 3: 72 participants – there was never more
- Fact 5: Around 100 dartboards are used in a darts World Cup
- Fact 6: 4 x Whitewash in the World Cup final – a bitter experience
- Fact 4: 22 Nations 2019 – How many will be 2020?
- Fact 7: From 1994 to 2010 – Three Top 4 players come from England
- Fact 8: Phil Taylor continues to lead the Darts World Championship Ranking – forever?
- Fact 9: Nation ranking: Canada in fourth place. Canada?
- Fact 10: Trina Gulliver – Phil Taylor among the women
- Fact 11: Four German participants in Darts World Cup 2019
Fact 1: The Top 3 Darts World Cups come from three countries – for eight years
Above all, one thing has become clear in the past eight World Championships. Players from the Netherlands, England, and Scotland have always been among the top three in these eight World Championships. This once again underpins the supremacy of the three major darts nations. Only Simon Whitlock (Australia) and Mark Webster (Wales) have been able to win one of the coveted top-three places in a World Cup for the past 11 years.
Fact 2: Record Vice World Champion Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor is Darts World Champion. And not just anybody but the best that probably ever existed in his sport. Overall, “The Power” managed to earn a whopping 16 world titles in his career. It could have been even more because Phil Taylor is also the record vice world champion. With five runners-up World Championships (one more than Dennis Priestley), there is no professional player who has had to face another player more often in celebrating the World Cup title (1994, 2003, 2007, 2015, 2018). Ok, he won the Darts World Cup 16 times.
Fact 3: 72 participants – there was never more
In the Darts World Cup 2019, the field was increased to 72 players. So many players had never participated in a PDC Darts World Cup. The reason for this were further qualifying or preliminary round matches, women who got starting places for the first time and significantly higher prize money that could be played to the 72 participants.
Fact 5: Around 100 dartboards are used in a darts World Cup
Almost 100 dartboards are used by the increased number of participants in the World Cup. Incidentally, at the 2018 World Cup, there were still 80 boards punctured by 38,555 darts. As a rule, at the latest from the second round, the board will be changed after each match in order to give the players the best possible conditions for throwing. Pretty big wear, considering that amateur players play on board for several years.
Fact 6: 4 x Whitewash in the World Cup final – a bitter experience
We all know it: the two World Cup finalists are set and everyone is looking forward to the grand finale. The question of who wins the tournament at the end, probably busy at the beginning of each fan. But sometimes everything is over faster than you expected and often hoped for. A total of four times it happened that a final ended with a whitewash in sentences. An extremely bitter experience for a player who has made it to the final of a Darts World Cup. Here are the encounters in which it came:
1998: Taylor-Priestley. 6: 0
2001: Taylor Part 7: 0
2002: Taylor-Manley 7: 0
2006: Taylor-Manley 7: 0
As you can see, twice this fate even befell Peter Manley.
Fact 4: 22 Nations 2019 – How many will be 2020?
It is particularly nice to see that with 22 nations, so many nations participated in the PDC Darts World Cup 2019 as never before. This shows how international sport has become in recent years. Darts has been enjoying increasing popularity for years. England still dominates the entire darts world. This is also shown by the statistics. Because with a whopping 23 participants from the motherland of the Darts England is still far ahead of the emerging competition from the Netherlands or Scotland.
Fact 7: From 1994 to 2010 – Three Top 4 players come from England
How extreme the supremacy of the English in darts once was, shows another crazy statistic. In the years from 1994 to 2010, there were never two players who did not come from England until the semifinals of a Darts World Cup. Only at the 2010 World Cup, the England curse could be broken. Namely, as with Phil Taylor (England), Simon Whitlock (Australia), Mark Webster (Wales) and Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands) for the first time four players from four different nations were in the semifinals.
Fact 8: Phil Taylor continues to lead the Darts World Championship Ranking – forever?
Of course, Phil Taylor is still leading the eternal World Cup ranking. Despite Michael van Gerwen’s three World Cup titles, Taylor is still unassailable ahead of the World Cup rankings. Whether he is ever caught here is also questionable. For this MvG missing before the Darts WM 2020 still at least 12 world titles at the PDC.
Fact 9: Nation ranking: Canada in fourth place. Canada?
When it comes to naming six or seven big darts nations, nobody thinks of Canada first. Of course, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Wales. Australia is also one of them. But Canada? In principle, the entire rating is due to a single player: the double world champion from Canada – John Part.
Fact 10: Trina Gulliver – Phil Taylor among the women
Trina Gulliver has long been considered the best woman in darts. This proved the 49-year-old at several times at the Women’s World Cup BDO. From 2007 to 2011, Gulliver managed a series of 7 world championship titles in succession. Even after Gulliver could celebrate three more world titles until 2016. With ten titles in a women’s Darts World Cup, Gulliver is the most successful darts player in the history of the sport.
Fact 11: Four German participants in the Darts World Cup 2019
Until the last Darts World Cup, there has never been one; four German participants in a Darts World Cup. For this reason, there was a premiere at the past PDC World Championship, as Max Hopp, Martin Schindler, Gabriel Clemens, and Robert Marijanovic in Ally Pally ran. In the end, all four players but also quickly arrived back home. While Marijanovic and Schindler failed in round one, Clemens made the home flight after lap two. After all, Hopp made it to the third round but failed there against the number one player in the world – Michael van Gerwen. Meanwhile, all games of the Darts WM are also broadcast on German television. Cult commentator Elmar Paulk has moderated for two years with the streaming provider DAZN.