The 2006 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
was held from 19 December 2005 to 2 January 2006 at the Circus Tavern
. It was the 13th staging of the Professional Darts Corporation
's version of the World Championship.
A record field of 64 finalists assembled to battle for Phil Taylor
's world crown. Play was not held between 22 December and Christmas Day
due to the Christmas break. Play resumed on Boxing Day
in the lead-up to the final. A day's break was also held on New Year's Eve for the New Year. Record prize money of £100,000 for the winner was in offer.
Despite the record field, there was a notable absentee. John Lowe
's world ranking had fallen to a level which meant he was forced to qualify for the event – which he failed to do for the first time in his career. His run of 28 successive appearances (including the BDO World Championship
) had come to an end. He was the last player to have appeared in a world championship each year since it began in 1978. Bob Anderson
, who made his debut in 1984, now has the longest unbroken run – making his 23rd consecutive appearance for these championships.
A major shock came in the first round when world number one and top seed Colin Lloyd
lost to Gary Welding – it was only the second time in the history of the PDC World Championship that the top seed fell in the first round. Peter Manley was the uncomfortable first in 2001.
Phil Taylor became World Champion for the 13th time, this being his 11th PDC success. His toughest battle en... Read More