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David Evans and Ritchie Edhouse secure PDC Tour Cards via the Challenge Tour

Jamie Shaw in Challenge Tour 12 Oct 2020
David Evans in action (Photo by PA Images)

David Evans and Ritchie Edhouse have secured two-year PDC Tour Cards after finishing in the top two of the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

A condensed Challenge Tour season concluded in Barnsley on Sunday as the race to finish in the top two went down to the wire.

Evans, a quarter-finalist in this year’s BDO World Championship, enjoyed a superb final weekend, winning a Challenge Tour event on both Friday and Saturday.

That saw him comfortably secure top spot in the Order of Merit to secure a coveted PDC Tour Card for the first time, as well as a debut spot in the 2020/21 World Championship.

Manchester’s Evans was the only player to win multiple Challenge Tour titles during the season, continuing the superb form he showed during the recent Modus Icons of Darts Live League.

Edhouse, who previously competed on the PDC circuit in 2017 and 2018, claimed Sunday’s Event Nine title before finishing runner-up in Event Ten to clinch second spot.

The Enfield ace finished just £100 ahead of Irish youngster Keane Barry, who had recently secured a Tour Card via the Development Tour, and £150 clear of Matthew Dennant.

The top eight players from the Challenge Tour Order of Merit will also qualify for the 2021 UK Open and include former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell and this year’s BDO World Championship runner-up Jim Williams.

PDC Challenge Tour – Final Order of Merit (Top Ten)

1. David Evans (£4,400)
2. Ritchie Edhouse (£3,450)
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3. Keane Barry (£3,350)
4. Matthew Dennant (£3,300)
5. Scott Mitchell (£3,150)
6. Jim Williams (£2,450)
6. Robert Collins (£2,450)
8. Maikel Verberk (£2,400)
9. Kevin Doets (£2,300)
10. Jitse van der Wal (£2,150)