1974 – Issue 19: Masters First!

The World Masters is one of the longest running and most prestigious professional darts tournaments, which began in 1974 – even before the current World Professional Championship. The tournament was sponsored by darts board manufacturer, Winmau, from 1975 until 2018. The World Masters is unusual in darts in that its sets are the best of 3 legs (first to 2) rather than the standard best of 5 legs (first to 3).

It was previously the final leg of the BDO’s Grand Slam title of televised majors, along with the Topic International Darts League, the Bavaria World Darts Trophy and the Lakeside World Professional Championship. However, it is now one of only three major BDO events and is considered to be the second biggest tournament after the World Championship. The champion is referred to as the World Master.


Alan Towe has been associated with Darts World for more than four decades. He has written a regular column, covered the Midlands scene and written County reports for four different counties, often at the same time!


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