Caven confident in his quest to retain PDC Tour Card

Caven salutes the crowd (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jamie Caven says he will deploy a “never say die” attitude in his bid to avoid surrendering his Tour Card at the end of the season.

Caven, 42, is among a clutch of established names battling to remain on the circuit in 2019 and is facing a make-or-break three months in his career.

The Derby ace, a winner of seven PDC ranking titles, has competed on the PDC circuit for over a decade but has slipped to 60th on the Order of Merit and perilously close to the drop zone.

The top 64 players following the World Championship will retain a coveted Tour Card, with those below the cut-off facing the formidable task of winning back a Tour Card at Qualifying School in January.

Caven, however, admits he is braced for the challenge ahead and believes he still has what it takes to make the cut.

"Obviously we've got a couple of events still to go before the end of the year so it'll be a case of seeing where we're at when the cut-off's done," Caven told Live Darts.

"If I have to go to Q School then maybe that's something we'll look at.

"Last year, going into the final Players Championship event I needed a Semi-Final to qualify for the Players Championship Finals and I got to the Semis, so you never say die.

"Whether there's enough time to turn it around, who knows? But stranger things have happened.

"As long as you've got the right attitude, you can achieve what you want."

Caven, who is 75th on the ProTour Order of Merit, has just four guaranteed ranking event appearances remaining in 2018 and is chasing down a place in November's Players Championship Finals 

His best run so far this season saw him reach the Quarter-Finals of a Players Championship event back in March, while he has failed to reach a televised Quarter-Final for almost four years.

Jabba, who has no sight in his right eye after being stung by a bee when he was just 18 months old, has faced his fair share of personal struggles but has vowed to remain positive and keep his options open regardless of his fate at the end of the season.

"I'm 42 so I'm not too old," he added. "I'm still quite confident that I can put a good show on when I have to.

"Going forward I'm going to seriously look at it and consider what the best option is but my future will be within darts anyway.

"The academy that we run is something that keep me on my toes and I'm still quite active with exhibitions.

"The last couple of years, if I'm honest, I've had issues with my eye and I've had a few problems with the diabetes side but that's been addressed now.

"Frustration does creep in now and again but I'm always confident and I'll keep my chin up.

"It's certainly not the end if this year I do lose my card."



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