Now whisper this one quietly but, despite quite a lot of hype and build-up, Phil Taylor was not the first to hit a 9-dart leg on live TV. That honour fell to Australian Shaun Greatbatch. The feat was witnessed by a large live crowd and a huge TV audience in The Netherlands and elsewhere:
This remarkable article above details three 9 darters in the space of two months and estols the virtues of the BDO as a talent pool. But the Dutch Open was a very likely and good event for the 9-dart moment. There is always a large field and its is made up of very good players. As such the odds of it being the host of a perfect leg are good.
The television screening of the event has been hit and miss over the years but wonderfully for global darts, and for Shaun, it was an on year!