PDC Qualifying Schools Day One

COREY CADBY, Eddie Dootson and Jeffrey de Zwaan were the three PDC Tour Card winners as the 2018 PDC Qualifying Schools began on Thursday in Wigan and Hildesheim.

The expansion of Qualifying School to venues in the UK and German saw a combined field of over 600 players competing as they bid to secure coveted spots on the PDC circuit.

Melbourne's Cadby, the 2016 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion, headlined the success stories on the opening day as the 22-year-old secured his status as a professional to join the PDC ProTour on a full-time basis.

Cadby had opted not to enter Qualifying School 12 months ago in a bid to continue his development on the DartPlayers Australia circuit, while he also competed on the World Series of Darts circuit and in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in 2017.

He put that experience to good use as he came through 435 players in Wigan to join St Helens' Dootson in being the two players to secure PDC Tour Cards on Day One in the UK Qualifying School.

Cadby produced some superb darts as he swept past Dave Prins, Jack Todd, Gavin James, Tom Gregory, John O'Shea, John Mann, Nathan Rafferty and Callan Rydz without being taken to a deciding ninth leg in any of his eight matches on the day

"I'm absolutely over the moon," said Cadby. "Everyone expected I would be here, but I wasn't ready. I'm here this year and I've done my job on day one.

"My manager believed in me and so did my partner, and that gave me the boost to push on. I can't wait to come up against bigger things and better things, but it's been a hard fight today.

"No game was easy but it's mission accomplished. My focus is really good, and I hit the doubles which is what wins you games.

"It gives me a bit more confidence knowing what I'm capable of. I've been throwing with new darts for a couple of weeks and to manage to get through Q School means a lot."