Former World Youth champion Corey Cadby has quit the professional circuit just two years after coming through Qualifying School, having opted to resign his PDC Tour Card.
The 24-year-old burst on to the scene on the World Series circuit in 2016, defeating Phil Taylor at the Perth Darts Masters and securing his World Championship debut later that year courtesy of topping the DPA rankings.
‘The King’ was crowned World Youth champion in 2016 with victory over Berry van Peer and after taking the plunge to enter Qualifying School in 2018 he made an immediate impression, cruising through qualification on the opening day to secure his spot on the PDC Pro Tour.
Cadby underlined his credentials by winning a UK Open qualifier before finishing runner-up in the UK Open itself, although since then it’s been a tumultuous period for the Australian.
After returning to his homeland following his UK Open exploits, Cadby missed 12 months of competitive action due to visa complications and he candidly revealed that he battled with depression and stress as a result.
The Aussie returned to the UK in April last year and he clinched a Development Tour title just a fortnight after his arrival, although his resurgence proved to be premature, as he failed to go beyond the last 32 in 10 Players Championship events.
Cadby featured in the World Series triple-header down under last August and he has remained in Australia since – with a run to the last 16 of the Czech Open in June his last appearance in a PDC ranking event.
In October, Cadby hit the headlines after a warrant was issued by Wyndham Police which stated that he failed to appear in court, to which he confirmed via Facebook that he missed a court date in regards to alleged driving with no licence, but did attend court at a later date.
His absence from the tour and subsequent failure to qualify for last month’s PDC World Championship put his status as a PDC Tour Card holder in serious jeopardy, yet despite retaining his place in the world’s top 64, Cadby opted to resign his Tour Card on the eve of the new campaign.
Cadby becomes the third player to surrender his PDC Tour Card for the 2020 season. Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld retired from the sport following last month’s World Championship, whilst Jamie Bain relinquished his card despite only coming through Q School last year.
As a consequence, Toni Alcinas and Simon Stevenson retain their Tour Cards as members of the top 64 in an adjusted Order of Merit, whilst Bain’s decision to surrender his Tour Card means there’s an additional place available via Qualifying School.
There are 20 spots available via UK Qualifying School, with 11 places up for grabs at European Qualifying School. The first three players to claim coveted Tour Cards on the opening day of action were Lincoln’s Gary Blades, 47-year-old builder Jason Lowe and Austria’s Harald Leitinger.
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