Get your fancy dress on and join the biggest names in darts as they battle it out to become the World Matchplay Darts Champion. The second biggest PDC event on the darts calendar, the World Matchplay has been held annually in the wonderful Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool since 1994. The intense format of the tournament ensures drama from start to finish over the course of 9 exciting days. Join the likes of Michael Van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Raymond Van Barneveld, and other legends of the game with World Matchplay Darts Tickets at StubHub!
World Matchplay Milestones
The World Matchplay has been the scene of numerous highlights from the PDC over the years. In 2002, Phil Taylor hit the first ever nine-dart finish on a live broadcast for UK television, leading to incredible scenes of celebration. Since then, the World Matchplay has witnessed more nine-dart finished than any other PDC tournament including Raymond Van Barneveld in 2010, John Part in 2011, Michael Van Gerwen and Wes Newton in 2012, and Phil Taylor again in 2014. This is truly the tournament of champions and the best place to witness a nine-dart finish live!
As with so many PDC tournaments, Phil Taylor has dominated his opponents, holds numerous records, and has reached several milestones. He holds the record for longest unbeaten run in the Matchplay, stretching a total of 38 games from 2008 to 2015. His incredible achievements in the Matchplay include 16 final appearances with 15 victories, the highest average in a Matchplay final of 111.23, and the most number of nine-dart finishes in the tournament with 2 to his name.
World Matchplay Historic and Record-Breaking Finals
Due to the format of the competition which requires a player to win by 2 clear legs, the tournament has witnessed some incredible games. Both the 1998 and 1999 finals went to an astonishing 36 legs before a player could stretch their lead to 2 legs and left the trophy. Even more incredibly, it was the same player, Rod Harrington, who held his nerve in both finals to gain victory. In 1998, Harrington defeated Ronnie Baxter by 19 legs to 17 to win the tournament. A year later he defeated Peter Manley by the same scoreline, equalling his own record for the longest Matchplay final.
Another final which will live long in the memory is the 2013 World Matchplay final.
Phil Taylor met his prodigy, Adrian Lewis, who he had trained, guided, and developed in the sport. A genuine master versus apprentice final, Taylor produced a display that shows why he is considered the greatest of all time. His 111.23 average is the record average score for a final in the Matchplay. However, what made the final even more special was Lewis' average of 105.92, a record average for a losing finalist.