Benito van de Pas, Kevin Burness and Matthew Edgar all secured spots today at the PDC World Championships as the trio came through the PDPA Tour Card Holder qualifiers which was the last chance for all tour card holders to qualify for Ally Pally. ‘Big Ben’ had to qualify for the world’s if he was to keep his tour card and which he did so. The Dutchman has been struggling for 2 years now with form, but recently he has been showing signs of some good form. He defeated John Michael, Yordi Meeuwise, Barrie Bates and then defeating Robert Owen to qualify.
Mathew Edgar was also in the same position as Benito, as he had to come through to the qualifier to give him any hope of holding onto his tour card. ‘Prime Time’ just missed out on qualifying for the worlds via the Pro Tour order of merit by £1000. He put that behind him as he went onto qualify thanks to victories over Tytus Kanik, Gary Eastwood, Christian Bunse and Adam Hunt. Although Edgar didn’t average over 90 all day, it was still enough to come through as he showed massive amounts of bottle and hit all the finishes at the crucial points in the game. In his post match interview with Sky Sports he said today was not about throwing a high average but all about doing everything necessary to qualify as this essentially gives him a tour card for next year.
Kevin Burness qualified for Ally Pally for the second year in a row. He came through the Tom Kirby Qualifier last year and this year he qualified via the PDPA Qualifier. ‘Ironman’ who has struggled on the Pro Tour this year, you wouldn’t know that today as he didn’t average below 95 all day. He defeated Niels Zonneveld (98.2), Reece Robinson (100), Mario Robbe (95.5), Robert Thornton, (95.2) and Bradley Brooks (95.5) it’s safe to say Kevin played really well today. He will be in the draw along with 95 others as the draw takes place tonight at 19.30 live on Sky Sports News.
(Images courtesy of Jodie Payne)