Kirk Shepherd and Geert De Vos won the first two players to win a Tour Card on day one of PDC Q-School Final Stage.
The former World Championship finalist Shepherd beat Jack Main 6-1 to win his card back for the third time since 2017.
De Vos, who won the BDO World Trophy in 2015, will be on the Tour for the first time in his career. He defeated Geert Nentjes 6-4 to earn his spot.
Rollercoaster day for Shepherd sees him win Tour Card back
Kirk Shepherd lost the 2008 World Championship Final, but for the third time since 2017, he’s won back his card at Q-School.
Shepherd won three last leg deciders, including coming from 4-0 down against Martin Lukeman in the semi final. That set up a final against Jack Main, in which he dominated.
After going 3-0 up, Main pulled a leg back. However, Shepherd was just too good. A 17 darter, followed by back to back 13 darters, saw him win 6-1 and secure his card.
Main and Lukeman won five and four points to be first and second respectively on the Order of Merit. Jon Worsley was the other player into the last four, and also won four points to be joint second. The top 13 on the Order of Merit in the UK will win a Tour Card.
De Vos eases to victory on Day One of Q-School Final Stage
Geert De Vos became the first player to secure a two year Tour Card with a fantastic display on day one of PDC Q-School Final Stage. The Belgian was in imperious form all day.
From the last 32 onwards saw him set up a final against Geert Nentjes of the Netherlands. After four holds, De Vos found a break of throw to go 3-2 up, before winning two straight legs. Despite missing darts for the match in leg eight, he eventually found tops on his throw in the tenth leg to win 6-4 and secure his spot on the Pro Tour.
Nentjes will be happy enough though, as he leads the Order of Merit with five points. Martin Schindler and Lorenzo Pronk made the last four, winning four points. The top eight on the Order of Merit will also win a Tour Card at European Q-School, if they do not win it outright.
Big names, such as Raymond van Barneveld, Adam Gawlas and Jan Dekker are outside the Order of Merit places after day one.