Three-time world champion John Part and former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson will be among the field of nearly 450 players competing in the 2017 PDC Qualifying School which begins this Thursday, with 28 PDC Tour cards on offer across four days of action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
The PDC Qualifying School gives any aspiring darts player aged 16 or over the opportunity to win a Tour Card in order to compete as a professional on the PDC ProTour; four players will win Tour Cards on each of the four days of competition in Wigan.
Ranking points will be allocated to other players based on their finishing position; this sees a further 12 Tour Cards allocated from the Q School Order of Merit following the culmination of the Qualifying School on Sunday. Two of the high-profile stars in action include John Part and Paul Nicholson.
Part, who won his third world title back in 2008, has endured a disappointing run of form over the last couple of years which has seen him slip outside the world’s top 64. ‘Darth Maple’ is now an ever-present member of Sky Sports’ commentary and punditry team, but the Canadian still harbours ambitions of returning to the circuit full-time. Continue reading “2017 PDC Qualifying School Entries!”→
Former World Championship finalists Kevin Painter & Andy Hamilton head the list of entrants for Monday’s William Hill World Darts Championship PDPA qualifier, which takes place at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
Painter has appeared in 15 consecutive World Championships since switching to the PDC from the BDO back in 2001, although ‘The Artist’ is in real danger of missing out on this year’s event after falling outside the world’s top 32.
Painter featured in the 2005 World Championship Final at the Circus Tavern when he was beaten 7-6 by Phil Taylor in a captivating tussle, but after slipping to 44th on the PDC Order of Merit, the former Players Championship Finals winner faces an uphill task to qualify for this year’s event.
Another high-profile name set to miss the cut is 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton. ‘The Hammer’ was beaten by his fellow Stoke star Adrian Lewis at the Alexandra Palace almost five years ago but has endured a miserable slump over the past two years, which has seen him plummet to 40th in the world. Continue reading “PDPA World Championship Qualifier- Entries Confirmed!”→
Former BDO star Jeffrey de Graaf was the big name to secure an automatic PDC tour card on day three of Q-School at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan. Another former BDO star, 2008 Lakeside semi-finalist Brian Woods, also secured a tour card alongside Tony Newell and Ray Campbell.
However, de Graaf, seeded third at this year’s Lakeside World Championships, was the most high profile qualifier on day three. The 25-year-old Dutchman had struggled to make an impression in the opening days, exiting in the last 256 yesterday; nevertheless, Jeffrey’s class shone through on Friday.
De Graaf began the afternoon with a comprehensive 5-0 whitewash victory over 1996 World Matchplay winner Peter Evison in the last 512. He then edged through a deciding leg against Simon Burt in the last 256, which was the closest he came to exiting.
Jeffrey defeated Lee Shewan and Jamie Bain to reach the last 32, before recording successive 5-2 victories over Scott Dale, and former UK Open finalist Mark Walsh, to move a match away from securing a tour-card. De Graaf faced Simon Preston in the decisive clash, and secured an emphatic 5-1 win to guarantee his spot on the PDC tour until 2018.