Scott Mitchell leads the way on the PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit following the opening four events of the…
Scott Mitchell leads the way on the PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit following the opening four events of the 2020 campaign.
Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion, came up short in his first attempt at Qualifying School a week ago but enjoyed a dream start to life on the Challenge Tour.
The 49-year-old picked up the Event Two title in Wigan on Saturday and reached the Last 16 of Event Four the following day, picking up £2,200 in prize money.
That tally is enough to see ‘Scotty Dog’ top the early Challenge Tour ranking list, £50 clear of Robert Collins – who claimed the Event One title.
The opening Challenge Tour weekend of the year saw record entries as a knock-on effect of more than 800 players attending the UK and European Q Schools.
The Challenge Tour is open only to PDPA members who competed at 2020 Q School and did not win a PDC Tour Card, with each event costing £55 to enter and carrying a prize fund of £10,000.
If entries for PDC Players Championship events fall short of 128 players, the field is topped up via the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, meaning Mitchell, Collins, Matthew Dennant and Jitse van der Wal could be in line to feature in the upcoming ProTours.
The top two players on the final Challenge Tour Order of Merit following Event 24 will earn a two-year PDC Tour Card, with the winner qualifying for the William Hill World Championship.
The top eight non-Tour Card holders from the 2019 Challenge Tour Order of Merit also qualify for the 2020 UK Open.
PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit (Top 30 plus ties)
|4||Jitse van der Wal||£2,050|
|23||Danny van Klompenburg||£400|
|30||Danny van Trijp||£300|