Wes Newton will make his Lakeside World Championship debut in 2019, after the British Darts Organisation confirmed that there will be no Asian qualifier this year.
The Asian qualifying tournament, which traditionally forms part of the Malaysian Open, did not feature in this year’s event, and the BDO were subsequently informed there will be no representation from the Asian region in the 2019 Lakeside World Championship.
‘The Warrior’ has endured an agonising wait over recent months. He was moved into the standby position for qualification after former PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton sealed one of the four international play-off places, but he was later denied a spot after Adam Smith-Neale secured Winmau World Masters glory.
Nevertheless, the omission of the Asian qualifier this year has handed Newton a reprieve, and the BDO confirmed that the 41-year-old will feature at the Lakeside as the next listed player on the invitation table.
It’s a huge fillip for Newton, who competed on the BDO circuit this year after failing to regain his PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January. The Fleetwood ace- who competed in the 2013 and 2014 Premier League, was ranked as high as 5th in the world at one stage, but was forced to enter Q-School after slipping outside the world’s top 100.
The two-time major PDC finalist has featured on the Challenge Tour this year, but has been absent from the PDC Pro Tour circuit for the first time since 2011. Despite this, three semi-final appearances and two quarter-finals on the BDO circuit has seen him rise to 28th in the rankings, which has sealed his Lakeside debut.
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