Scott Waites hopes his move to the PDC will mark a new chapter in his career as he aims to challenge the sport’s elite on a regular basis.
Waites, who won the BDO world title at Lakeside in 2013 and 2016, came through the final day of UK Qualifying School to become a full-time PDC professional for the first time in his career.
The 42-year-old joined the BDO in 2004 and has gone on to become one of the most successful players in the history of the organisation, winning the World Masters and Finder Masters in 2011 as well as more than 20 other ranked titles.
Waites, one of only nine players to have won multiple BDO world titles, is also the only BDO player to have won a PDC major, a feat he achieved at the 2010 Grand Slam.
He will now join the PDC circuit for the next two years after whitewashing JDC World Champion Keane Barry 5-0 in the play-off round at Q School on Sunday.
Waites told the PDC: “To get through is amazing.
“I knew I had to come here today and just win it outright, and I’ve played my game all day.
“The time has never been right for me to move over before but now I think it is right to have a go, so let’s see what happens.
“In the last few weeks and coming up to the BDO World Championship, I put quite a lot of practice in.
“It showed with me and Scott Mitchell, when I played him in the World Championship our game was quite good, I played him again [at Q School] and I think he had a 101 average and I had a 99 and that’s the standard you’ve got to aim at now.
“I’m going to put a lot of practice in now, this is going to give me the ‘get up and go’ I need.
“This is what I wanted, it’s great.”
Waites was one of 31 players to gain a coveted Tour Card over four days at Qualifying School and was one of six players to have featured in the 2020 BDO World Championship to progress.
He joins Lisa Ashton, Wesley Harms, Martijn Kleermaker, Andy Hamilton and Nick Kenny in departing the BDO circuit and will compete for the first time as a PDC player at Players Championship Event One on Saturday February 8.