Raymond van Barneveld’s return as a professional darter has been postponed by a month. The Q School, where the 53-year-old resident of The Hague has to earn a Tour card for the PDC, has been moved from January to February.
The European Q School – for all darts players not from the UK and Ireland – will now take place from 7 to 16 February in a hotel in Niedernhausen, Germany, near Frankfurt. At the same time there is also a British Q School in Milton Keynes, England.
At the qualifying tournaments anyone who is sixteen years of age or older and pays 450 pounds (approximately 500 euros) can compete for a Tour card. It is valid for two years and entitles you to participate in Players Championship tournaments and the qualifications for the majors.
Conquering a Tour card is step one for Van Barneveld in his attempt to return to the top. The five-time world champion said goodbye to darts a year ago, but announced a comeback in September.
It is not yet known how many Tour tickets can be earned in Germany in February. That number will be released after the World Cup.