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Article: Hempl & Jones Win PDC Tour Cards on Day Three of Final Stage

Hempl & Jones Win PDC Tour Cards on Day Three of Final Stage

Germany's Florian Hempel and England's Jake Jones became the latest players to secure Tour Cards as Final Stage of the 2021 PDC Qualifying School continued on Tuesday.

Hempel, a 30-year-old from Cologne who has previously played handball in Germany's second division, joined Geert De Vos and Geert Nentjes in coming through the European Qualifying School as he took victory on Day Three.

Hempel previously competed on the PDC's European Tour in 2019, but will now play on a full-time basis against the world's top players after defeating Dutchman Luc Peters 6-2 in Tuesday's final following an excellent day of darts.

He averaged at least 94 in all but one of his seven games, defeating former Tour Card Holders Niels Zonneveld, Martin Schindler and John Michael by 6-2 scorelines as he impressively secured his Tour Card.

He completed his semi-final defeat of Michael with a ten-dart finish to end with a 101 average, and sealed victory in style in the final against Peters with a 148 checkout.

"I am so happy!" said Hempel. "I did not expect to be able to win one of the four days and get a direct Tour Card, but the that makes it even better now.

"After my match against Lukas Wenig I started to think that there might be something special to come today. After that I always felt like I was in control of my matches and was that decisive bit better than my opponents."

Dutch newcomer Peters, 28, took a step towards securing a Tour Card from the European Qualifying School Order of Merit with his run to the final on Tuesday, which included a 6-4 win over Benito van de Pas in the last eight.

Stoke-on-Trent scaffolder Jones, meanwhile, will step onto the PDC ProTour for the first time this year after he defeated Australia's Gordon Mathers 6-5 in their final in Milton Keynes.

Mathers hit back from 3-0 down with four straight legs in the final, only for Jones to edge 5-4 up and eventually prevail by taking out 72 in the deciding leg.

Jones, a former Development Tour event finalist, was also a 6-5 winner against Eddie Lovely, John O'Shea and John Brown on the day, and overcame two-time PDC TV title winner Robert Thornton 6-0 in the last 16.

"It puts all the practice and all the hard work into perspective really," said Jones. "It's a dream come true, I can't really put it into words.

"All I thought before coming here was to qualify for the last four days and then it just takes one good day. Yesterday was probably a better day than today, I've won four games 6-5 and it's a rollercoaster to be honest.

"It's quite remarkable for myself. When I was younger, a lot of people said it was quite promising how I was playing, and I was England number one for three years when I was 14-17.

"It really is nice to come through, I've put a lot of effort into this tournament. I love my job but I feel like it's time now to play darts like I can, and we'll see in the coming years how we do."

Wednesday's Day Four will see the Qualifying Schools conclude, with the winners in the UK and Europe securing an automatic Tour Card, while a further 13 players in the UK and eight in Europe will secure a Tour Card from the respective Orders of Merit.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld was unable to wrap up his return to the PDC circuit on Tuesday after losing out 6-5 to Switzerland's Stefan Bellmont in round one, and now sits in fourth place in the European standings behind Martin Schindler, Zoran Lerchbacher and Boris Koltsov.

In the UK, Jack Main, Martin Lukeman and Lewis Williams are now assured of claiming three of the 13 available Tour Cards, with Australia's Mathers also in a strong position alongside Scotland's Alan Soutar and former Players Championship winner Joe Murnan.

European Qualifying School Final Stage Day Three

Last 16

Florian Hempel 6-2 Niels Zonneveld

Martin Schindler 6-5 Michael Rasztovits

John Michael 6-2 Arsen Ballaj

Rene Eidams 6-4 Jose Justicia

Luc Peters 6-1 Sebastian Bialecki

Benito van de Pas 6-2 Jens Ziegler

Vincent van der Meer 6-4 Boris Koltsov

Kevin Doets 6-2 Jeroen Mioch


Florian Hempel 6-2 Martin Schindler

John Michael 6-1 Rene Eidams

Luc Peters 6-4 Benito van de Pas

Kevin Doets 6-2 Vincent van der Meer


Florian Hempel 6-2 John Michael

Luc Peters 6-4 Kevin Doets


Florian Hempel 6-2 Luc Peters

UK Qualifying School Final Stage Day Three

Last 16

Jim McEwan 6-0 Jose Marques

Gordon Mathers 6-3 Reece Colley

Jason Hogg 6-0 Andy Jenkins

Lewis Williams 6-3 Andrew Gilding

Jake Jones 6-0 Robert Thornton

John Brown 6-3 Joe Murnan

Jack Main 6-4 Derek Coulson

Martin Thomas 6-5 Martin Lukeman


Gordon Mathers 6-4 Jim McEwan

Lewis Williams 6-2 Jason Hogg

Jake Jones 6-5 John Brown

Martin Thomas 6-4 Jack Main


Gordon Mathers 6-5 Lewis Williams

Jake Jones 6-4 Martin Thomas


Jake Jones 6-5 Gordon Mathers

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