Proud Petersen set to clock up the air miles on his return to the PDC circuit

Dancing Devon celebrates his finest hour on the Ally Pally stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Devon Petersen has vowed to travel back and forth to his native South Africa up to 20 times this season as he juggles work with pleasure on the PDC tour. 

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Petersen successfully regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School last week after a year out of the game and aims to pick up from where he left off on his run to the last 16 of the 2014 World Championship.

The South African star, renowned for his trademark dance moves on stage, retired his Tour Card in 2014 due to a persistent shoulder injury, but has bounced back at the first time of asking.

He earned an automatic two-year Tour Card on the second day of Q School in week last week and is the only South African player to compete full-time on the PDC circuit this season.

In addition, he also produced a series of outstanding displays to qualify for the first two European Tour events of the season - February's German Championship and March's Gibraltar Trophy.

"It's an amazing feeling to get the Tour Card again and I'm glad to be back," said Petersen.

"Missing the World Championship was an eye-opener, I took the game for granted because I got used to winning and forgot you actually have to put in the effort.

"I feel like I can definitely move on and create a career out of this, it makes me want it even more now. 

"It was my goal to show people that it's not just a pipe dream, it's something that you can actually achieve."

Petersen, who has twice reached the Quarter-Finals of the PDC World Cup representing South Africa, started up his own business in Cape Town during his year off the circuit and must now balance life as a professional darts player and a businessman.

The 28-year-old insists he is prepared for the considerable amount of travelling required to compete in a packed calendar season.


Petersen celebrates with team-mate Shawn Hogan at the 2012 PDC World Cup (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

He added: "In the first instance when I came over I had just left my job and gave playing full-time on the tour a go, but you need to have a large capital behind you.

"If something happens, like it did with my injury, you have to have something to fall back on and it was a good lesson for me in that way.

"Going back to Cape Town and setting up a business which became successful has opened up loads more avenues for me.

"I've mapped out the year and I think I'm flying about 19 or 20 times back and forth which will take its toll.

"I'll try and play all the competitions which but there will be one or two which I'll have to skip in order to deal with the business side of things back in South Africa.

"It will be a juggle but it's something which I'm willing to do and I just really love being on tour with the PDC."


A smiling Petersen in action (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Petersen was denied a place at Alexandra Palace in December after losing out to Nolan Arendse in the South African qualifying event, and has since used that heartbreak as motivation to reignite his career.

"Through the year I played really well and came back from the injury, but Nolan just wanted it a bit more and it was a kick up the backside for me.

"Nothing is a given, the world doesn't owe you anything. He really wanted it more and I'm glad he got it because that was my eye-opener and I think the reason why I went on to get my Tour Card."

Nicknamed 'The Spartan,' Petersen regularly practices with Bradford's Joe Cullen and insists he has what it takes to kick on and make inroads on the rankings this year.

"The stats don't lie and I've realised that if you work and put your mind to it you can become one of the best.

"If you look at idols like Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, and I can name a few more, how they play week-in, week-out with 100+ averages, you sometimes think you can't achieve that.

"They are great but it doesn't mean that you can't still compete on that level, everyone has to start somewhere.

"My aim is just to try and qualify for most of the TV tournaments and make at least one board final and maybe have a good run in the World Championships," he added.


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