The PDC World Championship is up and running as of last Thursday, with most of darts’ big guns safely through to the second round. However, some high profile seeds including James Wade, Dave Chisnell, Stephen Bunting and Jelle Klaasen have all fallen, as the tournament promises to be one of the most exciting in years.
Last night former BDO World Champion Mark Webster took to the stage, and was expected to not have much issue with the winner of a preliminary round tie. The Welshman won the 2008 BDO World Championship final, beating Simon Whitlock in the final.
Since switching to the PDC, he has been a constant threat in the flagship event, reaching the semi-finals on two occasions, taking scalps such as Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld along the way.
Webster entered the fray last night to take on veteran Paul Lim for a place in the second round against Gary Anderson. Now 63, the ‘Singapore Slinger’ was the first ever player to hit a nine-dart finish at a World Championship in 1990 (against Irishman Jack MacKenna). Having never gone past a quarter-final in the World Championships, he last reached the second round in 2001.
However, he certainly came to play at the Ally Pally last night, shocking his Welsh opponent with an average of 95.98, as he won through on a scoreline of 3-2.
The final leg was a cracker, as Lim held his nerve to check out 80.
PAUL LIM HAS DONE IT | The veteran knocks out former World Champion, Mark Webster, to the absolute delight of the Ally Pally crowd!#WHdarts #LoveTheDarts
Posted by Professional Darts Corporation on Monday, December 18, 2017
What a win! However, having overcome one World Champion, Lim is up against it as he faces Gary Anderson in the second round.
*A previous copy of this piece stated that Paul Lim is 67 years old. This error has since been amended.