Former Lakeside world finalist Jeff Smith has controversially had his wildcard for December’s Finder Darts Masters revoked, a week after it was revealed that the Canadian would be competing at the PDC’s World Championship later this year.
Smith has previously competed on the PDC Pro Tour and has represented Canada at the PDC World Cup of Darts, although ‘The Silencer’ primarily plies his trade on the BDO circuit.
The 41-year-old reached the semi-finals of the 2015 BDO World Championship on his Lakeside debut, before going one step better twelve months later- eventually losing out to Scott Waites in the final.
Despite this, he lost out to Polish star Pawel Wolynka at this year’s BDO World Championship qualifiers back in September, only to be handed a reprieve by the PDC last week. They confirmed that Smith, who was crowned WDF World Cup Singles champion earlier this month, had been handed a wildcard by virtue of being NDFC number one.
The New Brunswick star, who also reached the BDO World Trophy semi-finals back in 2015, was originally handed a wildcard for the Finder Darts Masters along with the likes of former Lakeside world champion Andy Fordham and recent Scottish Open champion Cameron Menzies- who will make his Grand Slam debut next month.
Nevertheless, Smith today revealed via his twitter account that his wildcard for the event at the Hotel Zuiderduin had been withdrawn. He posted: “Finder Masters have pulled their invite, as expected.. but I do thank you for the consideration in the first place. Good luck all.”
He added: “If a player who can benefit with the points can do. Then really there’s no harm. Was nice to have been chosen in the first place.”
However, all roads now lead to Ally Pally for the popular Canadian. He has demonstrated his quality and tenacity in abundance on the BDO circuit, and will be relishing the prospect of his PDC World Championship debut later this year.
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