PDC Qualifying School moves to February following surge in coronavirus cases
PDC Qualifying School, usually held in mid-January, has been moved to February following a surge in coronavirus cases across Europe.
Heightened restrictions across the continent have led to the tournament, originally scheduled to take place from January 15-21, being pushed back to early February.
Q School will now take place in two stages from February 7-16 in England and Germany simultaneously, with Stage One happening from February 7-12 and Stage Two between February 13-16.
Stage One, which is open to all players, will be held in two blocks where needed due to relatively high entry numbers and social distancing being paramount in these current times.
The eventual winners will subsequently advance to the second stage – where they will be joined by players who have recently lost their tour cards and the top 16 on both the Challenge and Development Tours.
In addition, European Q School has been moved from Leverkusen to Niedernhausen’s H+ Hotel, while UK Q School remains planned to take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
The gruelling tournament witnesses amateur players attempt to earn their place on the professional circuit, and in the process gain their coveted PDC Tour Card.
Premier League winner Glen Durrant, Grand Slam of Darts champion Jose de Sousa and World Grand Prix runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode are high-profile Q School graduates from recent years.
Those who fail to secure their place on the professional scene will receive the opportunity to compete on the PDC’s secondary circuit, the Challenge Tour, with a minimum of eight events planned before the summer.
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