PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has expressed his delight at BDO world champion Glen Durrant securing his two-year PDC Tour Card at last weekend’s UK Qualifying School in Wigan.
The three-time BDO world champion confirmed his switch to the PDC via ranking points allocated to players throughout the four-day event, to form the UK Qualifying School Order of Merit.
The Teessider suffered consecutive last 128 exits on the opening two days of action, and although he was unable to secure an automatic Tour Card, he followed up a semi-final appearance on Saturday by reaching the last 16 on Sunday’s final day, which saw him claim one of the 11 Order of Merit spots.
“I shouldn’t be biased but I am so pleased to see Glen Durrant (earn his PDC Tour Card) because he must have been under the hugest pressure,” Hearn told Sky Sports at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner at The Dorchester.
“He is a three-time BDO champion and suddenly after two rounds it doesn’t look too good. But he showed his mettle. Semi-final on the third day, did enough on the fourth day. I know he is excited to play the tour – as he should be, as all these kids should be. They have got £14,15 million to play for, the chance to change their lives.
“Some of the newcomers are here. It’s a bit like, we are in the Dorchester, we are at the awards dinner, there are famous people and they suddenly realise I am here on merit because I am delivering sporting drama that the nation wants to see and indeed now the world wants to see. I don’t think it can get any better,” Hearn added.
Durrant has some previous PDC experience, having featured at the 2009 UK Open in Bolton, where he reached the last 64. ‘Duzza’ has also appeared in the Grand Slam of Darts for the last three years – reaching the quarter-finals in 2017.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the 48-year-old, who lifted his third successive Lakeside crown just four days before the start of UK Qualifying School. Nevertheless, Durrant is extremely excited for his future in the PDC.
“This is as good as winning the Lakeside Championship,” Durrant told the PDC. “I’m so happy and relieved to get through because there was so much pressure on me to do this. When I looked around the venue I noticed that a lot of people were watching my matches, and I also put a lot of pressure on myself.
“Thankfully I got the job done and I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved. Now I’m looking forward to my exciting future with the PDC. I’m so excited about what the future holds and I’ll be giving everything 100 per cent so that I can achieve as much as I possibly can.”
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