With the PDC Winter Series just hours away, starting with the PDC Grand Slam qualifier, I take a look at just what each Loxley sponsored player has at stake over the course of the week, with Ryan Searle, Matthew Edgar and Aaron Beeney all looking to make their own impact and add to their season earnings. A tough field, and yet, as all three have shown over the course of the year, anything is possible. With Ryan debuting new darts (available now from Loxley), as well as both Matthew and Aaron using their new Loxley equipment, it’ll be an interesting week for the trio!
As it stands, Ryan Searle is Loxley’s highest ranked player, sitting 41st with £125,750 on the Order of Merit. A good week could potentially see him push further towards the Top 32 in the overall PDC rankings, as he looks to put himself in the best possible position in the upcoming PDC World Championships. Little pressure on Ryan, as he seems all-but certain to qualify for the World’s, sitting second on the ProTour OoM, when the Top 32 in the PDC OoM have been removed (due to the Top 32 in the PDC OoM gaining automatic qualification). No room for error though – he’ll need to be ‘on it’ from the first dart to the last to ensure his spot!
Just 21 places below Ryan sits the ‘Prime Time’ player himself, Matthew Edgar, in 62nd, with £49,250 won over the last two years. With such fine margins separating Matthew and those around him, he’ll be desperate to move further up the rankings. In addition to this, Matthew currently sits just £1,250 behind the 32nd player in the ProTour OoM, who isn’t currently qualified for the World Championships through the overall rankings. One big result is all Matthew may need to cement himself in the PDC World Championships, and to bring the Edgar Nation to the big stage once again!
Sitting in joint 149th, with £1,000 on the PDC OoM is 2020 Tour Card winner Aaron Beeney, who’s start to life in PDC darts has been unfortunately hindered by the current Coronavirus pandemic. With competitive darts beginning to resume, Aaron will be determined to add to his OoM earnings this week, and build up some momentum ready for a fresh start in 2021, with the experience gained from this year proving invaluable as he looks to retain his Tour Card. There is potential for him to debut in a televised event, with the knowledge that, like with Matthew Edgar, one or two good days could change his career, as it did at Q-School in January. With a prize fund of £375,000 for the week, Aaron has every chance of building on what he has already achieved in such a short space of time, and reaching new heights within the PDC.
Best of luck to Ryan, Matthew and Aaron this week! I’ll be following along, writing up daily reports on the players, as they all look to earn their share of the near £400,000 prize money up for grabs. With all three in good form, expect great things from Team Loxley! You can follow the action live on DartConnect, or watch along from the PDC’s streaming services – you may even see a Loxley player on the stream!
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Author – Joe Reid