PDC Qualifying School format changed ahead of Covid-affected 2021 edition
The format of the PDC’s Qualifying School has been adapted to satisfy Covid-19 regulations, with the dates confirmed for the 2021 edition.
There will be a UK version held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes and a European version at the Ostermann Arena in Leverkusen, which has previously staged European Tour events.
They will provisionally take place from January 15-21, with the action starting three days earlier if the entries for either venue surpass the 256 mark.
The big change comes in the form of a bye to Stage Two (from 18 January) for players who lose their Tour Card at the end of the 2020 season, as well as players who finished in the top 16 of both the Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit.
That field will be embellished by qualifiers from Stage One, which takes the format of the traditional ‘anyone can enter’ policy and rewarding the final four players on each day with a place in Stage Two.
The remainder of the 128 players at both locations for Stage Two will be filled by the best-performing players from Stage One who didn’t automatically qualify.
The last two players on each day of Stage Two at UK Q School and the last one at European Q School will win Tour Cards, with further Tour Cards being awarded to players on a pro-rata basis from the Q School Orders of Merit.
by Jamie Cameron
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