As announced in our previous issue, from 1974, the World Masters had grown out of the British Masters and was now ready to be expanded. Added to the News of the World, and TV’s Indoor League, there was a definite groundswell of high profile events emerging, which formed the basis of what was the ‘elite circuit’ for the next few years.
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.
The special cover of our 20th Issue was taken from the design of the World Master badge that was produced. These have been produced for many occasions, and organisations, over the years and are the subject of many collectors dreams!