Recent PDC News – A Summary
In this last week, the PDC have made a number of announcements for events that will be staged in coming months to bring the pro/challenge/development/euro tours up to date and also introduced a newly formed womens series of darts as a qualification event.
Autumn Series Of Darts
Following the success of July’s Summer Series, all 128 Tour Card Holders will once again be given the chance to compete in five one-day Players Championship events behind closed doors at Halle 39, Hildesheim, Germany.
All events will be ranked, with the winner of the 2020 PDC Autumn Series Order of Merit to receive a place in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts. Additionally, rankings will count towards qualification for the World Grand Prix, which is a double-start event, taking place from October 4-10.
Preceding the five Players Championship events in Hildesheim will be a World Series of Darts Finals qualifier on September 11, with four places up for grabs for the event in Salzburg, Austria scheduled for September 18-20.
Prize money won will also count towards qualification for the Players Championship Finals (November 27-29) and the William Hill World Darts Championship.
As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.
World Series Of Darts Finals
The 24-player tournament, hosted at the Salzburgarena, will see eight seeded players competing against 12 invited stars and four qualifiers from the PDC’s 128 tour card holders.
Joining Van Gerwen and Wright as the seeded players will be Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Daryl Gurney and Gary Anderson.
Newly crowned World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh is amongst the invitees, alongside James Wade, Dave Chisnall, Ian White, Mensur Suljovic, Fallon Sherrock, Simon Whitlock, Damon Heta, Kyle Anderson, Cody Harris, Jeff Smith and Darius Labanauskas.
The qualifier for the remaining four places will precede the freshly announced PDC Autumn Series on September 11 at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.
The Challenge Tour and Development Tour had each played one four-event weekend in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of tournaments in mid-March.
Following the return of competitive PDC action on the ProTour in July, plans have now been confirmed to conclude the secondary tours later this year.
The Development Tour will resume with six £10,000 events to be held in Barnsley from September 25-27, which will then be followed by the early rounds of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.
The PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final remains planned for Sunday November 29 to take place between the semi-finals and final of the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
The Challenge Tour will then conclude with six £10,000 events to be held from October 9-11.
The top two players from both the Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit will receive a two-year PDC Tour Card for 2021/2022. In addition, the top two players from the Development Tour Order of Merit and highest ranked player on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit will receive a place in the 2020/2021 William Hill World Darts Championship.
European Tour Update
A further amendment to the 2020 PDC European Tour has been made, with the events in Budapest, Jena, Gibraltar and Prague now not able to take place as planned, but with a new event scheduled in Hildesheim.
The PDC European Tour is set to return to action this autumn, but the four events scheduled to join the previously played Belgian Darts Championship to comprise an abridged five-event series in 2020 have now been cancelled.
Planned events in Budapest from September 4-6, Jena from September 11-13, Gibraltar from September 25-27 and Prague from October 16-18 will now longer go ahead.
As it stands, European Tour event two – The German Darts Championship – will now be held in Hildesheim from September 25-27, with two more events in planning for later in the year.
The PDC can also confirm that a one-year extension has been agreed with the Gibraltar Ministry of Sport to stage European Tour events in the country in 2021 and 2022.
Womens Series Of Darts
Two places in the 2020/21 World Championship will be on offer for female players based on prize money won across the four events to be held on October 17-18 in Cannock.
The mini-tour will replace the two separate qualifying tournaments for the World Championship which have been staged over the past two years, offering £20,000 prize money in total across the four events.
Entry will be £25 per player per event, and the PDC Women’s Series will be open to all female players aged 16 and above.
Ahead of the four PDC Women’s Series events, a separate, free-to-enter Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier will be staged on Friday October 16, offering one place in November’s tournament.
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