Fallon With It All To Do As Montgomery and Peters Claim Tour Cards.
With one day remaining, we will have two automatic qualifiers tomorrow. Also the top 11 from the EU Order of Merit and the top 13 from the UK Order of Merit will secure cards
Ross is the boss in Milton Keynes
Ross Montgomery was a somewhat surprising winner of the UK Q-School PDC Tour Card on offer on Day Three in Milton Keynes.
The 59 year old Scotsman, a former BDO World Trophy finalist, prevailed after a day of consistent performances although, his day was nearly over before it had even begun, recovering from a 5-3 deficit to overcome Ted Evetts 6-5 in a high quality round of 128 encounter, Montgomery averaging 95 to ‘Super Ted’s’ 93.
A 6-4 victory over Andy Jenkins followed before Chris Quantock was swept aside in the round of 32 without the loss of a leg. Simon Stevenson provided a sterner test in the next round, Montgomery’s 89 average enough to secure another 6-4 win.
‘The Boss’ needed a 15 dart deciding leg to see off Connor Scutt in the quarter finals before John O’Shea was defeated in the semis, three legs on the spin from 4-3 down enough to set up a showdown with the already qualified Jamie Clark, where Montgomery sealed a 6-2 win in style with a 14 darter.
Clark is the only guaranteed Order of Merit qualifier as we head into a mouthwatering Saturday of action in Milton Keynes while previous Card holders Richie Burnett, Scott Waites and Kevin Burness will be confident that their seven points will be enough to see them reclaim their cards.
Peters’ Luc is in as he secures Tour Card
Luc Peters of The Netherlands took the third PDC Tour Card on offer in Niederhausen at Day Three of EU Q-School while three other players are also assured of their place on Tour after today’s action.
Peters, a Euro Challenge Tour winner as recently as September, hadn’t picked up a point in the opening two days but responded superbly albeit after a slow start, averaging just 77 in his 6-3 victory over compatriot Kristiaan De Boer in the round of 128.
Two deciding leg victories followed, firstly over former Tour Card holder Jimmy Hendricks where a much improved average of 94 saw him over the line before Peters recovered from 5-2 down to defeat Patrick van den Boogaard, an impressive 13 darter in the decider clinching the win. Remarkably, another deciding leg win followed against Benito van der Pas before a slightly more routine victory over Patrick Peters in the quarter finals, Peters running out a 6-3 winner.
A meeting with Danny Jansen in the semi finals saw both players average 94, Peters seeing out a 6-4 victory having raced into a 4-0 lead before Mario Vandenbogaerde, one of the players already assured of a card from the Order of Merit and in his second final in three days, was beaten 6-4 in the Final. Along with Vandenbogaerde, Jules Van Dongen and Kevin Doets are guaranteed tour cards, the latter reaching the semi finals for the second time in as many days.
Saturday promises to be fascinating with a number of big names still in contention including Rowby-John Rodriguez, who currently sits in 9th position on the Order of Merit from which 11 qualify and while Benito van der Pas is just outside of the qualifying positions, a strong day tomorrow could well see ‘Big Ben’ finish in one of those coveted spots.
UK Q-School Results
Ross Montgomery 6-5 Connor Scutt
John O’Shea 6-5 Arron Monk
Kevin Burness 6-1 Kevin Lane
Jamie Clark 6-3 Nick Fullwell
Ross Montgomery 6-4 John O’Shea
Jamie Clark 6-4 Kevin Burness
Ross Montgomery 6-2 Jamie Clark
European Q-School Results
Kevin Doets 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-3 Derk Telnekes
Luc Peters 6-3 Patrick Peters
Danny Jansen 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-3 Kevin Doets
Luc Peters 6-4 Danny Jansen
Luc Peters 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde