The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events information for 2020.
The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 2020
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the current Challenge Tour season is suspended until further notice, please keep your eye out for the current news and any information we send to you on any updates. You will also be aware that PDC tournament play is set to resume in July with a handful of ProTour events in the form of the ‘Summer Series’ followed by the World Matchplay.
While the PDC are understandably and correctly prioritising these events and the backlog of ProTour tournaments as they revise the seasonal calendar, we can assure you that you have not been forgotten.
Planning for a resumption of Challenge Tour tournaments is more logistically challenging and it is impossible to make any firm commitments while current restrictions are in place. Both the PDPA and PDC can assure all participants on these Tours that safety, wellbeing, and fairness will be at heart of the decision making process going forward.
PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “We’d like to reassure all Challenge Tour players that they certainly haven’t been forgotten about, and we very much hope to be able to continue those tours in some way this year to give players on those tours further opportunity to compete within a PDC environment.
“Much of the reality of that will depend on whether or not we would need to create ‘bubble’ environments as we are doing for the Summer Series, as they are very costly and place onerous requirements on players which may not be as practical when you are dealing with semi-professional players in many cases.
“Once we have clarity over the August events in respect of whether or not we can stage them as normal, we’ll make an announcement but in the meantime we would urge players to be aware of the financial risks of making travel plans without insurance or cancellation options.”
As your Players Association, the PDPA recognises the importance of staying in contact with all of our members regularly and particularly while we are unable to do so in person at tournaments. With this in mind, we are developing a series of information, education and community initiatives aimed at connecting with players on the Challenge Tours.
We will shortly be launching our ‘Prepare to be a Pro’ series, in which we are working with several partners to provide helpful tips and guidance on what you can do away from the dartboard to help your career.
The series will include webinars, info-graphics and articles on numerous relevant issues ranging from mind management to money management. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our website and social media channels for further updates.
We appreciate your continued patience during what has been an uncertain time for all of us. In the meantime, we would like to remind you of some of the benefits you could be utilising as an associate member of the PDPA.
The PDC and PDPA have made a special arrangement with DartConnect to provide all PDPA Members with dedicated online practice groups during this period of social distancing.
All current registered PDPA members are eligible to participate with their respective “tours”. You can now compete at will, under the PDC banner, against fellow tour mates, while keeping your darting skills sharp until in-person competition resumes.
This is a FREE program. All you need is a FREE Guest account. It is important that you use your personal, non-shared email. This will need to match the email used with your PDPA account
PDPA Virtual Coffee Mornings
PDPA Virtual Coffee Mornings were established during the suspension of the 2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We continue to offer the option to join PDPA Directors in live video meetings to give members an opportunity to connect with the PDPA and each other, and to ask questions or raise concerns in a friendly and casual environment.
If you would like to take part in a PDPA Coffee Morning (or afternoon) please e-mail [email protected] to express your interest.
The PDPA has an official Taxation and Accountancy Partner and an official Wealth Management Partner – both organisations offer our members a free initial consultation.
For more information on our Accountancy Partner Griffiths & Pegg visit: https://www.pdpa.co.uk/pdpa/accountancy/
For more information on our Wealth Management Partner Prosperity Wealth visit: https://www.pdpa.co.uk/prosperity-wealth-management
The 2020 Challenge Tour is ONLY for PDPA members who played at the 2020 Q-School and did not win a PDC Tour Card. If you do not fill the above criteria, you are ineligible to play on the Challenge Tour in 2020.
Entry is £55 Per Event, which includes the markers (£5) supplement, to enter go to your new Sportradar account CLICK HERE
All Challenge Tour deadlines are normally at 2pm the Friday prior to the weekends events.
Challenge Tour OoM Table:
PDC Players Championship:
The 128 Top-Ups for Players Championship events are taken from the CTOoM Table, you need to enter prior to the deadline of that event. The shortfalls to fill the 128 will be taken in order of precedence from the CTOoM Table of players who have entered prior to the deadline. These players will be informed ASAP after the entry deadline has passed.
European Tour Qualifiers:
Associate members are eligible to play in European Tour Associate Members Qualifiers, these are usually held the day before that main event in that venue but TBC, or if you are a European Player, you can enter the Host Nation Qualifier, if you are from that region.
The Top 8 non tour card holders from 2020 table who remain PDPA members in 2021 will qualify for the 2021 UK Open (TBC due to loss of season) Players who have not qualified for the UK Open via the 2020 CTOoM are eligible to enter Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.
2020 Challenge Tour Tournaments:
EVENTS 1-4 Robin Park, Wigan Sat/Sun January 25th/26th
EVENTS 5-8 Robin Park, Wigan Fri/Sun April 10th/12th POSTPONED
EVENTS 9-12 Robin Park, Wigan Sat/Sun June 6th/7th POSTPONED
EVENTS 13-16 Robin Park, Wigan Sat/Sun July 11th/12th POSTPONED
EVENTS 17-20 Arena MK, Milton Keynes Sat/Sun August 15th/16th
EVENTS 21-24 Robin Park, Wigan 19th/20th September
There are 2 events per day with 4 over each weekend, entry to each single event costs £55 and you can enter up to the deadline which is at 2pm on the Friday before each weekends events, Thursday for events 5-8.
Both days of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events will be staged as follows:
08.00 – Doors Open
08.00/09.30 – Registration for the days first event. Players entered into both events will be registered for both events on arrival.
Play will start 30 minutes after the draw has been displayed in arena.
Before 12.30 – Players competing in only event two of the day must register by this time.
NOTE 1: The start of the second event will commence at the conclusion of event one.
NOTE 2: Please revert to the event brief for start timings for event 5-8 Click Here
Each event will carry a prize fund of £10,000, a total of £200,000 for the season.
Prize Fund (Per Event)
Last 16 £200
Last 32 £100
Last 64 £50
The following incentives are on offer to players competing in the Challenge Tour, due to the loss of the season these are now TBC.
- The Top 2 Players on the final CTOoM Table will earn a 2 year PDC Tour Card
- The Winner & Runner Up will receive mementoes of their achievement
- The Winner of the 2020 CTOoM Table will qualify for the World Championship (L96)
- Players number 3-8 on the final CTOoM Table win a FREE Q-School place for 2021
- The Top 8 on the final CTOoM Table will qualify for the 2020 UK Open (After Q-School)