2017 PDC Q-School: Day Four Report & Final Order of Merit!

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Paul Nicholson, Kirk Shepherd, Antonio Alcinas and Martin Schindler were the final four players to automatically secure a PDC Tour Card as the 2017 PDC Qualifying School came to a conclusion at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, 12 more Tour Cards were awarded to players from the final Qualifying School Order of Merit, based on ranking points won across the four days at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre. Amongst those to secure tour cards via the Order of Merit were Ronnie Baxter, Mickey Mansell and former BDO star Madars Razma.

Nevertheless, the biggest story of the day saw former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson seal his place on the Pro Tour for the next two years. ‘The Asset’ had slipped outside the world’s top 64 after suffering with persistent injury problems, but he secured his card automatically, therefore he wasn’t relying on ranking points.

Nicholson made a storming start to his campaign, dropping just one leg in defeating Kevin Lane and Jordan Boyce respectively. Nicholson then came through a hard-fought tussle against Mark Hylton, before whitewashing Richard Baillie to reach round-five. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day Four Report & Final Order of Merit!”

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2017 PDC Q-School: Day Three Report!

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Former world champions John Part and Richie Burnett joined Steve Lennon and Scott Taylor in securing PDC Tour Cards on day three at the 2017 Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Three-time world champion John Part marked his return to the PDC Pro Tour after rolling back the years in Wigan on Saturday afternoon. ‘Darth Maple’ had suffered consecutive second-round exits on the previous two days of competition, but he produced a series of vintage displays to secure a coveted tour card.

Part secured his place in round-four by virtue of three successive deciding-leg victories against Lennart Efraimsson, Duvaan Ata and Richard Calvert. The Canadian then defeated Ian Withers 5-2 in his board final to reach the last 32.

In round-five, the three-time world champion faced Barry Lynn, who famously defeated Gary Anderson in last year’s UK Open. Part recorded a hard-fought 5-3 victory over the Essex ace, before defeating talented youngster Adam Hunt 5-2 to reach the last eight stage. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day Three Report!”

2017 PDC Q-School: Day Two Report!

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Ting Chi Royden Lam, Richard North, Ritchie Edhouse and Maik Langendorf became the latest four players to secure PDC Tour Cards on day two at the 2017 Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Friday afternoon; a day which saw 423 players jostling it out for the chance to compete professionally on the PDC Pro Tour.

The first man to claim a tour card on Friday was Richard North, who competed on the PDC Challenge Tour last year. North reached round-five yesterday, before losing to eventual tour card winner Prakash Jiwa, but he defeated a host of experienced names to triumph and secure a place on the PDC Pro Tour for the very first time.

The Swindon star dropped just five legs in his opening four matches, as he defeated Stephen Butkeraitis, Mark Devon, Arjan Konterman and Mark Wilson. He then dumped out the experienced duo of Steve Hine and Antonio Alcinas, before edging past Scotland’s Jamie Bain 5-4 in his decisive last eight clash to seal his tour card.

Ting Chi Royden Lam stormed through Q-School on Friday afternoon to secure a tour card for the second time in his career. The Hong Kong ace previously triumphed at Q-School back in 2013 and replicated those heroics once again; dropping just eight legs throughout the course of his seven matches. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day Two Report!”

2017 PDC Q-School: Day One Report!

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Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton and Jim Brown all secured PDC Tour Cards on the opening day of the 2017 PDC Qualifying School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Thursday afternoon, on a day which saw a record field of 434 players battling it out for the right to compete on the PDC Pro Tour over the next two years.

Prakash Jiwa enjoyed the honour of being the first man to secure a tour card at this year’s Q-School. The man nicknamed ‘The Apache’ has come through Q-School on two separate occasions and performed superbly to make it an illustrious treble, becoming only the fifth player to achieve this feat.

Jiwa received a bye in the opening round before storming into the last 128 with a whitewash victory over James Young. He then recorded successive 5-3 victories over Davyd Venken and Jim Walker respectively to reach the last 32.

The Rugby-based star then edged through last-leg deciders against both Richard North and Steve Douglas to set up a decisive last eight showdown with Ireland’s Steve Lennon who won a PDC Development Tour title last year. Nevertheless, Jiwa’s experience paid dividends as he prevailed 5-2 to regain his PDC Tour Card. Continue reading “2017 PDC Q-School: Day One Report!”

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