Thoburn qualifies for PDC UK Open

Northumberland’s Kev Thoburn has qualified for the PDC UK Open 2019. He battled his way through the Riley’s Nottingham qualifier defeating Ritchie ‘Madhouse’ Edhouse in the final. The UK Open will take place 1st-3rd March at Butlin’s Minehead, live on ITV Sport.

In the biggest move since the tournament was introduced in 2003, the PDC will be abolishing the UK Open Qualifiers for professional players which had previously been used to determine 96 qualifiers.

All 128 Tour Card Holders will now be invited straight into the UK Open from 2019 onwards, with the field complemented by 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and 16 qualifiers from the 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit.