Masters of Darts
The 2005 Masters of Darts took in place in darting folklore when it became the first major cross-code tv tournament - that is a tournament featuring both PDC and BDO players. Phil Taylor defeated Andy Fordham 7-1 in the final to give the PDC bragging rights.
Prior to the MOD only champion v champion one off events had happened to bring together the best of both codes. The MOD was what the public has been wanting since the split in 1993 - the cream of the PDC up against the custard of the BDO.
The 2005 event featured the top 4 players from each side who played 4 games - one against each player from the other side. They then formed two groups, a PDC group and a BDO group, with the top 2 from each going through to the semi finals.
The tournament did not run in 2006 and by the time of the 2007 tournament the BDO players slated to take part had all defected to the PDC! As a result it changed from being a PDC v BDO tournament to a Holland v England tournament. The format was the same as 2006 but with 5 players per group and the top two players in each group meeting eachother rather than the other side. This would ensure that the final would be a Holland v England affair.
Michael van Gerwen became the youngest player to hit a televised 9-darter in the 2007 event, in his semi final defeat to Raymond van Barneveld.
The sponsor of the MOD was Keukenconcurrent with RTL5 broadcasting it in 2005 and SBS6 showing the 2007 event.
The 2007 event was forced to have a 2 day break between the group stage and semi final to accomodate the Premier League of Darts.