World Masters History
THE BDO Winmau World Masters is the oldest established major darts tournament in the world and second only in importance to the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
It was first played in 1974, and the 2017 Masters will celebrate 44 consecutive years of Winmau World Masters darts.
The Men's Masters features the top sixteen ranked players in the BDO Invitation tables – guaranteeing the top players being on stage as an attraction to both venue and TV audiences.
Players from seventy-two countries are invited, including Champions from over 300 national and international singles events worldwide.
An estimated 5,000 darts fans, players and officials are expected to attend the competition.
The World Masters is unique in being the only official Singles Championships in world darts that has five separate stand-alone World titles in one weekend:
Importantly, there is a clear link between the World Masters and the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, which emphasises their dual importance in televised world darts. If the winners of the Men's and Women's World Masters have not already qualified for Lakeside, then they will gain automatic entry into the World Professional as the current Winmau World Masters Champions.
This ensures the seamless link between the two BDO televised majors and clearly illustrates their importance to World darts and to the top men and women players around the globe.
An additional highlight of the world-class darts on offer will be the International Play-Offs for the Lakeside World Professional Championships (Men, Women and Youth) when an estimated six hundred players will compete for the remaining places in the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships (televised by Channel 4 and BT Sport).