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Article: PDC UK Q-School – 2019 Final Results

PDC UK Q-School – 2019 Final Results

Since 2011, PDC Pro Tour Qualifying has been held at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a brutal 4-day qualifying competition. It’s a tough school for one of dart’s most coveted prizes, namely Membership of The PDC Pro Tour and a place among the darts elite. Along the way, dreams are made and hopes dashed in equal measure. The Qualifying School is held over 4 days at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, and totally irrelevant of the individual's status - with no seeds or priority treatment for any player. Just under 400 competitors entered the Qualifying School this year, all aiming for a ProTour card, awarded to the top 19 players following the Final 4-day stage, under the most intense pressure. 397 players from 12 countries started day one of the event. 23 of them were previous Tour Card Holders working hard to reinstate their Tour Card Credentials. The First Day saw Jamie Hughes rise like a phoenix out of the flames as he stormed his way through the Q-School field, with 3 match averages of 109 in a row with the likeable talented youngster Harry Ward also claiming his tour card at the first time of asking. Day 2 was another exciting day as the random draw showed just how hard Q-School is to get through, with relatively unheard-of players ending the dreams of Lakeside World Champions like Scott Waites and Glen Durrant, but it was Mark McGeeney and Scott Baker both BDO stalwarts who kept their nerve to claim automatic spots on Day 2. Day 3 saw pressure mounting on Glen Durrant as he'd failed to get passed the last 128 at the first time of asking, but consideration must be made for Glen in facing such a massive test so soon after busting his gut to win his third Lakeside World Professional title, and Glen came within a whisker of an automatic place losing out at the last hurdle to Reece Robinson, who along with Matt Clark secured their future on tour for the next 2 years. Day 4 - The last-ditch saloon was pitted with so many complexities on the points table that it was almost impossible to predict who would get through from where, but as the day unfolded and players fell by the way side the magic 11 points was looking like the safe zone, which Glen Durrant secured with his last 16 place. But it was Nathan Derry and the ever-green Kirk Shepherd who soldiered on to gain 4th day automatic spots and with it the huge relief of gaining full tour card privileges. The PDC Q-School Order of Merit Once the 8 Automatic places were secured, there were 11 other places up for grabs on the Qualifying School Order of Merit table, and it was Jon Worsley who lead the way playing superbly all week. Of the top 11 who sealed their places in the PDC top tier next season, none were plying their trade on the Pro -Tour the year previously. Carl Wilkinson and Joe Murnan got into second and third spot with 8 other very relieved players, including Glen Durrant, to face the cream of Europe’s top tier this season – a fantastic achievement by all! Full Qualifiers Day One - Jamie Hughes and Harry Ward Day Two - Scott Baker and Mark McGeeney Day Three - Reece Robinson and Matt Clark Day Four - Kirk Shepherd and Nathan Derry Final Table Qualifiers Jonathan Worsley Carl Wilkinson Joe Murnan Gavin Carlin Glen Durrant Dave Pallett Jamie Bain Andy Boulton Adrian Gray Barrie Bates Conan Whitehead

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