Northern Irish newcomer Josh Rock and Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk headlined players to get PDC tour cards as the PDC 2022 qualifying schools ended on Saturday – as Ted Evetts and Rowby-John Rodriguez have also regained their professional status.
After seven days of action at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes and the H+ Hotel in Niedernhausen, the group of 128 PDC Tour cardholders for 2022 has been finalized following the conclusion of the final stage.
In the UK, Rock, 20, made his PDC ProTour debut this year beating fellow Northern Irishman Nathan Rafferty 6-3 in the day four final.
Rafferty, a World Junior Championship runner-up last year, was one of 13 other players to earn their PDC Tour Order of Merit card from the British qualifying school after the four-day final stage.
Reigning junior world champion Evetts returned to pro status by advancing to Saturday’s semi-finals, having collected eight points in four days.
Scotsman Jamie Clark topped the UK Order of Merit with ten points to win his PDC Tour card for the first time, while 2010 Grand Slam of Darts winner Scott Waites joined fellow former Lakeside champion Richie Burnett with seven points, alongside Connor Scutt and Kevin Burnett.
Mickey Mansell also picked up his circuit card immediately by earning six runs alongside Rafferty, Cameron Menzies, John O’Shea, George Killington and Nick Fullwell.
Crewe newcomer Shaun Wilkinson edged Lee Budgen, Matthew Dennant and Dan Read with five points to secure his circuit card and debut on the PDC circuit for the next two years.
Matthew Edgar’s run to the semi-finals on Saturday was not enough for him to immediately reclaim his circuit card, as he joined Brazilian number one Diogo Portela and former youth world champion Arron Monk on four points .
Lisa Ashton bungled her bid to win back a PDC Tour card, having spent 2020/21 on the PDC ProTour, while a second-round loss to Fallon Sherrock to Nathan Treadgold ended the Nordic Darts Masters runner-up’s chances of winning. get a Tour Carte this year.
Reprieve for Rowby-John
Krzysztof Kciuk earned an immediate return to the PDC circuit after picking up his circuit card on the final day of the PDC qualifying schools – with Rowby-John Rodriguez dramatically achieving his own professional status.
Poland’s Kciuk, 41, was one of the players who returned to qualifying school after losing their Tour Card at the end of 2021.
And the World Cup representative won Day 4 of Saturday’s finals to claim an automatic calling card, beating Spaniard Tony Martinez 6-3 in the final at the H+ Hotel in Niedernhausen.
Kciuk is joined by 11 other Order of Merit players from European qualifying schools, who earned their tour cards after four days of finals action.
Belgian Mario Vandenbogaerde topped the standings with 12 points, while Jules van Dongen and Kevin Doets picked up eight points to secure their Tour Card.
Martinez was joined on seven points by Danny Jansen and Radek Szaganski, while Damian Mol, Jimmy Hendriks, Ricardo Pietreczko and Vladimir Andersen earned a Tour Card with six points.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, was one of seven players on five points but had a superior leg difference to his rivals – and the Austrian star collected his Tour Card in spectacular fashion.
The 2021 World Cup runner-up had lost to Hendriks in the last 64 and faced an anxious wait with Dragutin Horvat potentially jumping over him if he reached the final.
Horvat led 5-4 in his semi-final against Martinez, but missed his chance for victory in the tenth leg before the Spanish ace won the deciding match, ensuring Rodriguez a calling card in the process.
PDC Qualifying Schools 2022: Business Card Winners
UK Q School Automatic Tour Card Winners (x4):
- Jacques Wilson
- Darren Webster
- Ross Montgomery
- Josh Rock
European Q School Automatic Tour Card Winners (x4):
- Jose Justicia
- Brian Ramon
- Luke Peters
- Krzysztof Kciuk
UK Q School Tour Order of Merit Card Winners (x13)
- Jamie Clark
- Ted Evets
- Connor Scut
- richie burnet
- Kevin Burness
- Scott Waites
- Nathan Rafferty
- Cameron Menzies
- John O’Shea
- George Killington
- Mickey Mansell
- Nick Fullwell
- Shaun Wilkinson
European Q School Tour Order of Merit Card Winners (x11)
- Mario Vandenbogaerde
- Jules Van Dongen
- Kevin Doets
- Tony Martinez
- Danny Janssen
- Radek Szaganski
- Damien Mol
- jimmy hendriks
- Ricardo Pietreczko
- Vladimir Anderson
- Rowby-John Rodriguez