UK Open ‘proud moment’ for darts player

DAVENTRY darts player Matthew Edgar has qualified for the prestigious UK Open Darts.

The event will take place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

The UK Open is an open draw every round and is nicknamed the FA Cup of darts.

Matthew (pictured) said: “I got to this event by beating three of the world’s best players which gained me enough points to get into the first round at Bolton.”

The points gained from these events have also seen Matthew go up to rank 127 in the PDC world rankings order of merit.

He joined the PDC just this year and is about six weeks into his time on there. Money won from these recent events will see him become a more regular feature on the PDC pro tour.

“I joined the PDC in January when I went to the event in Wigan to try and win myself a pro tour card.

“I missed out on this but gained enough points to be invited into most events anyway.”

“I set myself three goals for this year even as a part-time player. They are to get into the UK Open at Bolton, the world championships at the end of the year and to start next year with a full-time PDC pro tour card.”

He has already achieved one of his targets and is on course to get the others.

“I am using the money I have won so far to re-fund myself and have entered for Crawley, Barnsley and am currently planning a trip to Holland in search of more ranking points.

“I practise regular with world’s number 17 Kevin Painter and am stepping up my practice in preparation for this event and will also practise with other PDC pro players in my attempts to perform both at the UK Open and on the pro tour.

“For me getting to Bolton is the biggest thing to happen to me for some time now. It felt great when I was confirmed for the event and I haven’t stopped talking about it yet. It’s a proud moment for me.

“The support I have been getting from most people has been amazing and I hope I can repay their faith in me by taking some more big names out at the Reebok.”

He was delighted to have got through to this event and would love to turn professional.

“I love the game and have always been around it from pub levels, youth county, senior county etc. I am now increasing my practice in order to try and get to my dream of making events like this regular.

“I now have the chance to be whatever I want to be in this game and it is up to me now if I take the chances or not. I’m doing well at the moment mixing it with the world’s best.”

He added: “To me this means so much and it’s what I’ve worked for ever since I started playing the game again a few years ago.

“I stopped playing the game between my switch over from youth to full-time men’s darts when I was around 19-21. This moment proves taking the game back up again was the best choice I had ever made and I hope this is only the start of big things to come my way.

“I have played in local Daventry dart leagues for 10 years since I first started playing and would like to thank everybody from the leagues for their support over the years.

“I am no longer playing in the local leagues due to spare time I have and using the evenings now for extra practice time.

He cannot wait to see what awaits him on June 2 in the Reebok Stadium and it is being filmed live on Sky Sports.

And if anybody wants to support him, tickets are £20 and can be bought from either the PDC or the Reebok Stadium direct.