17-year-old Bradley Brooks, Dawson Murschell and Gabriel Clemens were the three players to secure automatic PDC Tour Cards on the final day of 2018 Qualifying School in Wigan and Hildesheim on Sunday afternoon. However, former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert also claimed a spot on the PDC circuit via the European Q-School Order of Merit.
The final three automatic Tour Cards were won by Brooks, Murschell and Clemens, whilst the remaining 21 Tour Cards were allocated to the top 15 on the UK Q-School Order of Merit and the top six on the European Q-School Order of Merit.
Nathan Aspinall, Ross Smith, Terry Temple, Ryan Harrington, Simon Stevenson, Gary Eastwood, John Goldie, Matthew Edgar, Ryan Meikle, Ryan Joyce, Kevin Burness, Tony Newell, Luke Woodhouse, Peter Hudson and Mark Wilson were the fifteen players to secure tour cards via the UK Q-School Order of Merit.
Elsewhere, 2017 Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert was the highest profile European player to clinch a Tour Card via the European Q-School Order of Merit, along with Robert Marjanovic, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Vincent Kamphuis, Jose Antonio Justicia Perales and Davy van Baelen.
However, Canadian star Dawson Murschell, who reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural U.S Masters in Las Vegas, was the highest-profile player to claim an automatic Tour Card on the final day of action. He opened his account with a convincing win over Ben Simpson, before knocking out Ronnie Roberts in a nervy nine-leg affair.
‘Awesome Dawson’ then saw off Luke Woodhouse and Matt Dicken, before securing another deciding-leg win over Keith Geraghty. The Canadian later defeated Matthew Edgar 5-2- who also claimed a Tour Card, to set up a decisive showdown against the veteran Terry Temple.
Murschell held his nerve superbly; prevailing in his third and final deciding-leg contest of the day to edge out Temple and claim his Tour Card automatically. Nevertheless, Temple will still return to the professional circuit this year, by virtue of finishing third on the final UK Q-School Order of Merit.
The other automatic Tour Card handed out in Wigan on the final day went to 17-year-old Bradley Brooks. The Development Tour star claimed the scalp of Dennis Smith in the opening round, before recording emphatic wins over Alan Tabern Jr, Stuart Comerford and Haruki. Muramatsu to reach the last 32.
Brooks then whitewashed Darren Place in a matter of minutes, before defeating Simon Stevenson 5-3 to reach the last eight. There he defeated Ricky Williams 5-2 to set up an all-important clash against John Goldie and the 17-year-old rose to the occasion in spectacular style, running out a 5-1 winner to confirm his spot on the Pro Tour circuit.
Meanwhile, on the final day of European Qualifying School, Gabriel Clemens produced a series of impressive displays to seal a spot on the professional PDC circuit. The German dropped just five legs in defeating the trio of Michel Furlani, Christopher Haensch and Armin Glanzer, before edging out Tom Burquel in a deciding-leg.
Clemens then blitzed his way through to the final, easing past Dutchman Yordi Meeuwisse 5-2, beating Robert Marijanovic 5-3, before whitewashing former Russian World Cup star Boris Koltsov to confirm his place in the final.
He took on Dutchman Vincent Kamphuis, who regained his Tour Card via the Q-School Order of Merit after a fine run on day four. The imposing Dutchman survived a major scare in his opening tie, sneaking past Maik Kuivenhoven in a last-leg decider, before overcoming Erik Tautfest 5-3 to reach the last 32.
Kamphuis then followed up a whitewash win over Marcel Grugger by defeating his compatriot Dirk van Duijvenbode, before dumping out World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski in the quarter-finals, which denied the highly-fancied Pole a PDC Tour Card.
Kamphuis then faced Brazilian star Diogo Portela in the semi-finals, in a straight shootout for a Tour Card. Portela had dumped out Noppert in the previous round but was unable to claim the scalp of another Dutchman as Kamphuis prevailed 5-2. However, Clemens was the overall victor; winning a high-quality final by a 5-3 scoreline.
World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski was the biggest name to miss out on qualification via European Q-School, but there were a host of big names who missed out in UK Q-School. Former world number one Colin Lloyd failed to register a point on the final Order of Merit, whilst ex Premier League star Wes Newton also struggled.
There was also a large contingent of BDO switchers who missed out. Jamie Hughes, seeded third at last week’s Lakeside World Championship, surprisingly failed to make the cut, whilst Tony O’Shea, Darryl Fitton, Jeff Smith and Cameron Menzies were all unable to secure PDC Tour Cards.
The full list of results from the final day of Qualifying School action in Wigan and Hildesheim can be viewed via the following link: https://www.pdc.tv/node/7638
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
European Q-School Tour Card Winners Card Winners
Day One: Jeffrey de Zwaan
Day Two: Mario Robbe
Day Three: Tytus Kanik
Day Four: Gabriel Clemens
European Q-School OOM Tour Card winners:
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Davy van Baelen
UK Qualifying School Tour Card Winners
Day One: Corey Cadby & Eddie Dootson
Day Two: Robert Owen & Alan Tabern
Day Three: Arron Monk & George Killington
Day Four: Dawson Murschell & Bradley Brooks
UK Q-School OOM Tour Card winners: