Q-School's lovely chubbly for Eddie

By Editorial Staff 08/02/2021

HONOURS were evenly split between England and Wales as Eddie Lovely and Dale Hughes were among those to qualify for the final stage of Q School 2021 after Day one. Play commenced today in both Milton Keynes, UK, and Niedernhausen, Germany.

The German event saw Raymond van Barneveld bow out (in the last 16) after a strong start. The five-time World champion averaged more in each round, hitting 100 in his third game. But it was not to be a fairytale day for the legendary Dutchman as he went down 5-6 to Pero Ljubic. Another big name casualty was Nico Kurz. The talented German, who has featured at Ally Pally, seemed on course for day one qualification, but he also slipped up in the round of 16.

Adam Gawlas, Lorenzo Pronk, Richard Veentsra, and Michael Plooy were today's final four and move on to the final stage. 

Meanwhile in the UK Adam Smith Neal looked to be heading comfortably toward phase 2 until meeting Chas Bairstow in the final round of the first day's play. Bairstow defeated the former World Master 6-4 and in so doing booked his own place in the play-off stages.

Wales's Derek Coulson claimed the days final place with a highly pressured 100 finish to get the better of John Imrie.

This year's Q-School is split into two stages and then two groups in each. In simple terms the qualifying players each day will join the 50 exempted players leading to 128 players at the start of each venues Phase 2:

 

The 50 (32 UK / 18 Europe) Final Phase players are those who lost their tour PDC tour card at the end of 2020, Top 16 of the PDC Challenge and Development Tour.

Final phases in both locations takes place with 128 players at each venue from the 14th to the 17th of February.

Final Phase in the UK Q-School will see approximately 18 PDC Tour Cards issued.

Final Phase in the European Q-School will see approximately 11 PDC Tour Cards issued.

UK Q-School caters for all players from the United Kingdom, Ireland and British Overseas Territory (including Gibraltar)

European Q-School is for players from the Rest of Europe.

Players from outside Europe can choose whether to join the UK Q-School or European Q-School.

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