PDPA World Championship Qualifier: Entries Confirmed!

John Part WC qualifier

Three-time world champion John Part and former Premier League stars Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton head the list of entrants for next Monday’s PDPA World Championship qualifier at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes.  Continue reading “PDPA World Championship Qualifier: Entries Confirmed!”

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 Qualifying School Entries!

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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!”

Burnett Banned After Testing Positive for Cocaine

Richie Burnett
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Former World Champion Richie Burnett has received an 18-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

Burnett, who won the 1995 BDO World Championship by beating Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 in the final, has been officially suspended from all sport until May 2nd 2016.

The 48-year-old Welshman tested positive for the presence of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, during the PDC Grand Slam of Darts qualifier at Wigan, on November 3rd last year.

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