Template - Date: PDC Qualifying School 2020

Entries for the 2020 PDC Qualifying Schools are now available for players aiming to win a PDC Tour Card next year.

 

Two Qualifying Schools will be held simultaneously in 2020 in the UK and Europe, with Wigan and Hildesheim hosting the events from Thursday January 16th to Sunday 19th.

As in previous years, the top 64 eligible players on the PDC Order of Merit following the William Hill World Darts Championship will retain a one-year Tour Card, alongside any players who won a Tour Card at the 2019 Qualifying Schools and via the PDC Unicorn Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit.

The remaining number of Tour Cards up to a total of 128 will be on offer at the two Qualifying Schools from January 16th – 19th. Each day will see the last two players at the UK Qualifying School and the winner of the European Qualifying School secure an automatic Tour Card, with points being allocated to other players based on wins in each full round.

Further Tour Cards will then be awarded based on the respective Q School Orders of Merit, allocated per venue on a pro-rata basis from the numbers of competing players.

Players who do not win a Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and can compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in 2020, with a sixth Challenge Tour weekend now being added to the circuit on September 19-20 in Wigan.

ENTRY:

Entry costs £450 (which includes a £50 DRA sanction fee) and is available through the PDC Tournament Entry System. Players who have competed during 2019 will enter using their same login details at this link.

New players must Register their details with the PDC Tournament Entry System. Following your registration, you will receive an email to confirm that you are available to enter tournaments, and at this stage you can login to make your entry to the relevant Qualifying School. This verification may take up to 48 hours.

Following your confirmed entry, the PDPA will contact you via your registered email address to complete your PDPA Membership. Entries close at 14.00 GMT on Tuesday January 14th. Entry is open to players aged 16 or above on January 16th 2020.

WHICH QUALIFYING SCHOOL DO I ENTER:

The UK Qualifying School is open to players from the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. The European Qualifying School is open to players from other European countries.

Other players from outside Europe have the choice of entering either the UK or European Qualifying School. If you are unsure, please check with the PDC or PDPA before entering.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

NB: For the UK Qualifying School in Wigan, the capacity of the venue may be limited, dependent upon entry levels. Therefore, entry may be limited to players and DRA licensed managers only. Any allocation of guest tickets would be confirmed in due course.

WHAT IF I DO NOT WIN A TOUR CARD:

Players who do not win a PDC Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members, and will be able to compete in the following events in 2020:

  • 24 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events, across six weekends
  • European Tour Associate Member Qualifiers
  • Players Championship events, subject to PDC Order of Merit rules where less than 128 Tour Card Holders enter via the CTOoM Table.
  • Amateur qualifying events (Riley’s) for the 2020 UK Open (should they not have qualified through their 2019 Challenge Tour or Development Tour ranking)

All further information on the 2020 Q-Schools are available via these links.

Template - Date: Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals

Michael van Gerwen won the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title for a fifth time with a brilliant 11-9 win over Gerwyn Price in a sensational final.

 

World Champion Van Gerwen had been defeated by Price in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts a week ago, with the sport’s top two current form players meeting again this time in the decider. Price went within touching distance of claiming a second successive televised title as he sought to follow up his Grand Slam victory with glory at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, edging into an 8-7 lead in the final.

However, Van Gerwen found one last push to claim the £100,000 title and erase the memories of his loss in last year’s final to Daryl Gurney. Van Gerwen had landed a nine-darter against Adrian Lewis on Saturday and then overcame Mervyn King in the quarter-finals and Ian White in the semi-finals, seeing off the Stoke ace with an 11-8 victory.

Price had followed up a clinical quarter-final win over Stephen Bunting – where he averaged almost 109 in a 10-3 victory – by coming from 4-1 down to defeat Chris Dobey 11-8 in the last four. Despite coming from two legs behind to move 8-7 up against Van Gerwen, the Welshman was left to rue the Dutchman’s late blitz as he was forced to settle for the £50,000 runner-up prize.

White produced two 180s in a brilliant deciding leg as he edged out William O’Connor 10-9 to reach his first televised ranking semi-final, finally ending his unwanted run of last eight defeats. Dobey, meanwhile, followed up October’s appearance in the last four at the World Grand Prix with another strong showing as he picked up a memorable 10-2 quarter-final win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld now progresses to his final tournament before retirement at next month’s World Championship, having enjoyed wins over Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen and Glen Durrant earlier in the weekend in Minehead.


Picture Laurence Lustig ‘PDC’

Sunday November 24th

Quarter-Finals (19)
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld 2-10 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Mervyn King
Ian White 10-9 William O’Connor

Evening Session (19.00 GMT)

Semi-Finals (21)
Gerwyn Price 11-8 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Ian White

Final (21)
Michael Van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £50,000
Semi-Finalists – £25,000
Quarter-Finalists – £15,000
Third Round Losers – £10,000
Second Round Losers – £5,000
First Round Losers – £2,500
Total – £500,000

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final

Adam Gawlas 0-6 Luke Humphries (Best of 11 legs

Luke Humphries took glory in the 2019 PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship with a superb 6-0 whitewash of Adam Gawlas in Minehead on Sunday night.

Newbury’s Humphries, competing in his final game at youth level, followed up his success in topping the PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit in 2018 and 2019 by claiming the £10,000 World Youth Championship title.

Humphries was in ruthless form against Czech teenager Gawlas, a 17-year-old who only took up the sport in February and was making his first appearance in front of the TV cameras.

Two missed doubles from Gawlas in leg one allowed Humphries in to break throw, and he took out 112 for a 3-0 lead before a trio of 14-darters – each begun with a 180 – secured the coveted title.

“It’s been a dream of mine so I’m over the moon,” said Humphries. “In the last three years, in my opinion, I’ve been the best youth player and this has been a long time coming.

“There was a lot of pressure on me and I had to be ruthless. To win 6-0 is amazing and it was a great win for me. I played well but maybe the scoreline is a little bit harsh on Adam.

“He’s a great talent and it’s amazing to think that he’s only been playing the game for nine months, and I’d love to see where he is in five years.”

Luke Humphries & Adam Gawlas (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Humphries added: “The Development Tour has made me the player I am and I want to thank the PDC for what they’ve done to bring this system in.

“This is my last ever youth tournament and it’s time to take the step up, but it’s a fitting end. It’s special to lift this trophy in my last ever youth tournament.

“I worked hard to win this and I think it was my destiny to win this in my final year as a youth player. It’s my ambition now to be the first player to win the World Youth Championship and then the World Championship so the hard work starts now.

“It’s time to start upping my practice because on my day I think I can live with anyone, and on the big stage is where I play my best game.”

The 24-year-old has spoken publicly about his struggles with anxiety this year, and hopes that his triumph can be an inspiration to those in a similar situation.

He said: “A lot of people out there give up and six months ago I could have walked away from darts so I hope people can look at this and realise what you can achieve.”