Jones and Dudbridge regain PDC Tour Cards via Challenge Tour Order of Merit

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 11 Sep 2017
Wolverhampton ace Jones will return to the professional circuit next season (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Wayne Jones and Mark Dudbridge will return to the PDC circuit in 2018 after finishing first and second respectively on the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

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Former major finalist Jones secured top spot in the final 2017 Order of Merit with victory over Stuart Kellett in the Event 19 final in Wigan.
 
Jones had already won two Challenge Tour titles over the course of the season and followed up Saturday's run to the Event 17 final by picking up the £2,000 first prize in Sunday's opening event.
 
The double-header completed the year's Challenge Tour season, with £200,000 in prize money having been paid out to players on the PDC's second-tier tour.
 
Former world finalist Dudbridge had picked up titles in April and June as well as reaching a further final and secured second spot after Luke Humphries' 5-3 loss in the Semi-Finals of Event 20 ended his hopes of snatching second place.

Alongside two-year Tour Cards for Jones and Dudbridge, the players ranked from third to eighth on the final Order of Merit - Humphries, Jacques, Aaron Dyer, Tabern, Mark Frost and Kevin McDine - earn free entry to the 2018 PDC Qualifying School.

Challenge Tour Order of Merit (Top 32)

PositionNamePrize Money
1Wayne Jones£10,300
2Mark Dudbridge£6,500
3Luke Humphries£5,700
4Peter Jacques£5,550
5Aaron Dyer£5,400
6Alan Tabern£5,200
7Mark Frost£4,050
8Kevin McDine£3,950
9Lee Evans£3,850
10Warrick Scheffer£3,700
11Robert Rickwood£3,600
12Paul Milford£3,400
13Nick Fullwell£3,350
14Ryan Harrington£3,150
15Kevin Dowling£2,950
16Kevin Edwards£2,900
=17Matthew Edgar£2,850
=17Nathan Aspinall£2,850
=19Martin Lukeman£2,650
=19Jason Wilson£2,650
21Barrie Bates£2,550
=22Jay Foreman£2,500
=22Andy Smith£2,500
24Stuart Kellett£2,350
25Peter Hudson£2,150
26Adam Smith-Neale£2,050
=27Radoslaw Szaganski£1,750
=27Alex Roy£1,750
29Charlie Jackson£1,700
30Dan Read£1,650
=31Michael Barnard£1,600
=31Jason Lovett£1,600




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