Claydon misses out on PDC tour card

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Soham’s Brett Claydon narrowly missed out on a tour card on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) circuit at Qualifying School last week.

The 33-year-old, who plays for Burwell in the Cambridgeshire Super League, was among a field of 400 players competing for one of 30 tour cards on offer over four days at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.

It was Claydon’s fourth attempt at winning a tour card, and the Soham ace made a flying start by reaching the last 16 on the first day, which earned him five points towards the Q-School Order of Merit.

Claydon suffered early exits on the next two days, losing 5-3 to Richard North in the last 128 on day two and then being edged out 5-4 by Steve Brown in the last 256 on day three.

A narrow defeat to David Evans in the last 32 on the final day left Claydon on nine points on the Order of Merit, just one point short of Ron Meulenkamp, who took the 14th and final remaining tour card left

after the event had finished.