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Rydz tops Challenge Tour Order of Merit as Noguera also secures PDC Tour Card

Jamie Shaw in Challenge Tour 02 Dec 2019
Callan Rydz will join the main tour in 2020 (credit:PDC)
Callan Rydz secured top spot on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit to clinch a two-year PDC Tour Card and a place in the World Championship, while Jesus Noguera claimed the runner-up spot to also confirmed his place on the tour.
Rydz, 21, had missed out on a Tour Card in successive years at Qualifying School on countback but finally sealed his place among the sport’s elite by topping the Challenge Tour ranking list.
The Newcastle thrower has been a regular on the Challenge Tour, Development Tour and ProTour this year, picking up his first Development Tour title in April before going on to win Challenge Tour event 16 in August.
He clinched first position by a £750 margin over Spain’s Noguera – who will join his compatriots Cristo Reyes, Toni Alcinas and Jose Justicia on the main tour next season.
Rydz’ success earns him a debut in the First Round of December’s William Hill World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Cameron Menzies failed to hold on to top spot during the final weekend of Challenge Tour action, ending the season in third ahead of Stephen Burton.
Menzies and Burton, alongside Russia’s Boris Koltsov, former Tour Card holder Andy Jenkins, New Zealand’s Cody Harris, Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry, Dutchman Berry van Peer and England’s Patrick Lynskey have each secured a place in next year’s UK Open.
They will also receive free entry into Qualifying School in January for a chance to clinch a coveted two-year Tour Card.

PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit 2019 (Top 32 only)

1 Callan Rydz £6,750
2 Jesus Noguera £6,050
3 Cameron Menzies £5,800
4 Stephen Burton £5,500
5 Boris Koltsov £5,400
6 Andy Jenkins £4,800
7 Cody Harris £4,750
8 Kyle McKinstry £4,700
9 Berry van Peer £4,350
10 Patrick Lynskey £4,100
11 Nick Fullwell £3,800
12 Ritchie Edhouse £3,800
13 Nathan Rafferty £3,400
14 David Evans £3,250
15 Andrew Gilding £3,100
16 Ciaran Teehan £3,050
17 Mark Barilli £2,900
18 Darren Beveridge £2,900
19 Scott Taylor £2,700
20 Shaun Carroll £2,550
21 Dave Prins £2,500
22 Kevin Garcia £2,200
23 Justin Smith £2,000
24 Wessel Nijman £2,000
25 Dennis Nilsson £1,850
26 Jason Cullen £1,800
27 Mark Walsh £1,750
28 Matthew Dennant £1,650
29 Arjan Konterman £1,650
30 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £1,550
31 Adam Huckvale £1,500
32 Darren Johnson £1,450