Arron Monk, George Killington and Tytus Kanik were the three players to secure automatic PDC Tour Cards on another dramatic day of Qualifying School action in Wigan and Hildesheim on Saturday afternoon.
It was another day of tears and tension at Q-School, but former World-Youth champion Arron Monk was the highest-profile player to secure a coveted PDC Tour Card on the third and penultimate day of action.
Monk received a bye through to round two, before kicking off proceedings with victories over Callum Loose and Mark Pritchard. The 27-year-old then edged out Antony Darlow in a last-leg decider, before defeating Scottish Open champion Cameron Menzies 5-3 to reach the last 16.
‘Mad Monk’ then came through another nine-leg tussle to defeat Matthew Edgar, before whitewashing Lewis Pride 5-0 to set up a decisive last-four showdown against Lee Evans, who had dropped just eight legs in seeing off Aaron Stevens, Ian Richards, John Bowles, Curtis Hammond, Ryan Harrington, David Pallett and Scott Dale.
However, Evans was unable to overcome the all-important final hurdle, as the former World-Youth champion prevailed 5-2 to reclaim a spot on the Pro Tour circuit for the first time since 2015, after a three-year absence.
Elsewhere, Development Tour star George Killington was the second player to triumph on day three in Wigan. The London based star failed to go beyond the last 32 of any Development Tour events in 2017, but he shocked a host of big-name stars to achieve his darting dream and secure a two-year spot on the PDC circuit.
Killington received a bye to the last 256, where he kicked off his campaign by claiming the scalp of ex world number one and two-time PDC major winner Colin Lloyd. He then eased past Craig Quinn 5-1, before dumping out former Lakeside finalist Dean Winstanley to reach the last 32.
Killington then defeated Trevor Burkhill, before thrashing Canadian star Dawson Murschell 5-1 to reach the last eight. There he edged out Darren Beveridge in a nervy last-leg shootout, before defeating Gary Eastwood 5-3 in his decisive last-four tussle to cap off the finest day of his darting career to date.
Nevertheless, there are a number of high-profile players in real danger of failing to secure a Tour Card with one just one day of action remaining. Former world number one Colin Lloyd is yet to register a point on the Q-School Order of Merit, having lost 5-3 to George Killington in round-two.
Former BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton did not compete in today’s event, whilst Jamie Hughes, seeded third at last week’s Lakeside World Championship, lost in the opening round on Saturday to David Pallett.
Ex Premier League ace Wes Newton and former Lakeside world finalists Jeff Smith and Tony O’Shea all suffered third-round exits, whilst BDO Scottish Open winner Cameron Menzies reached the last 16 to put himself in real contention of securing a tour card via the Q-School Order of Merit.
Tytus Kanik became the first Polish player to secure a PDC Tour-Card on the third day of European Qualifying School in Hildesheim. Kanik came agonisingly close to securing a card just 24 hours earlier- losing out to eventual winner Mario Robbe in the semi-finals, but he went two steps better on Saturday to secure a coveted spot on the PDC circuit.
The 33-year-old kicked off his campaign with victory over Christopher Haensch, before edging out Stefan Nilles in a last-leg decider. The former World Cup representative then defeated Ryan de Vreede and Ricardo Pietreczko, before whitewashing Rene Berndt to ease into the semi-finals.
The Poznan star later defeated Belgium’s Davy van Baelen 5-3 to reach the final and set up a showdown with Spanish star Jose Justicia, who defeated Mike De Decker, Fabian Herz, Robert Marijanovic, Dick van Dick, Tobias Hoentsch and Rusty-Jake Rodriguez en route to the final.
However, having been edged out in the semi-finals on day two, Kanik wasn’t to be denied on this occasion, defeating the Spaniard 5-3 to become the first Polish player in PDC history to secure a PDC Tour Card.
Despite this, Justicia collected valuable ranking points for the European Q-School Order of Merit, from which six further Tour Cards will be allocated following day four. He sits on eight points, whilst former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert occupies joint top spot alongside Robert Marijanovic and Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The full list of results from the third day of Qualifying School action in both Wigan and Hildesheim can be viewed via the following link: https://www.pdc.tv/node/7637
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