Challenge Tour 2019 Completed – Rydz Reigns!

Callan Rydz secured top spot on the 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit despite wins for Kyle McKinstry and Mark Barilli on the final day of the season.

Newcastle youngster Rydz, who won two events during the year, secured top spot by reaching the Event 19 semi-finals on Sunday.

He will now progress to compete in the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship, and also secures a PDC Tour Card for 2020/2021 as a result of his success.

His bid for a seasonal treble was ended with a 5-1 defeat to Jason Cullen – who averaged 102.2 in a superb display – in the last four of Event 19, before the Irish ace went down by the same scoreline in the final to McKinstry.

Northern Ireland’s McKinstry also defeated two 2019 Challenge Tour event winners, Shaun Carroll and Darren Beveridge, during the event, and failed to be taken to a deciding ninth leg in any of his eight matches.

Event 20 saw the year’s tournaments conclude with a first Challenge Tour victory for Scotland’s Barilli, who overcame Saturday’s Event 17 winner Ciaran Teehan 5-3 in the final.

He also overcame McKinstry in the last 64, and also proved too strong for Ian Lever, Robbie Collins, John Davey and David Evans on his way to the £2,000 title.

The final Challenge Tour Order of Merit saw Rydz collect £6,750 during the year, ahead of Jesus Noguera (£6,050), as the Spanish player also collects a two-year PDC Tour Card.

Cameron Menzies (£5,800), Stephen Burton (£5,500) and Boris Koltsov (£5,400) completed the top five, ahead of Andy Jenkins, Cody Harris and McKinstry, with Berry van Peer and Patrick Lynskey completing the top ten.

A superb season’s end almost saw Nick Fullwell crash into the top ten. The Stourbridge man has been performing well, in all formats, recently and again reached the later stages in events 19 & 20. His total of £3800 has almost all been won since winning event 10. Had Fullwell hit the gas earlier he could well have been in contention for the top prizes!

All in all the order of merit for 2019 features the usual mix of fearless youngsters, experienced older hands and a smattering of those who could be returning to former glory.

Looking over the top 64 some stand out names include; Andy Jenkins who surprised many with his excellent performance overall. Berry Van Peer who gains the underdog support due to his struggles with dartitis. Nick Fullwell is seemingly making rapid progress and others such as Mark Walsh, Wes Newton and Colin Osborne are beginning to get noticed again.

1Callan Rydz£6,750
2Jesus Noguera£6,050
3Cameron Menzies£5,800
4Stephen Burton£5,500
5Boris Koltsov£5,400
6Andy Jenkins£4,800
7Cody Harris£4,750
8Kyle McKinstry£4,700
9Berry van Peer£4,350
10Patrick Lynskey£4,100
11Nick Fullwell£3,800
12Ritchie Edhouse£3,800
13Nathan Rafferty£3,400
14David Evans£3,250
15Andrew Gilding£3,100
16Ciaran Teehan£3,050
17Mark Barilli£2,900
18Darren Beveridge£2,900
19Scott Taylor£2,700
20Shaun Carroll£2,550
21Dave Prins£2,500
22Kevin Garcia£2,200
23Justin Smith£2,000
24Wessel Nijman£2,000
25Dennis Nilsson£1,850
26Jason Cullen£1,800
27Mark Walsh£1,750
28Matthew Dennant£1,650
29Arjan Konterman£1,650
30Rusty-Jake Rodriguez£1,550
31Adam Huckvale£1,500
32Darren Johnson£1,450
33David Ladley£1,450
34Jason Askew£1,450
35Christopher Bent£1,400
36Jason Wilson£1,400
37Shane McGuirk£1,350
38Wes Newton£1,350
39Mareno Michels£1,350
40Patrick van den Boogaard£1,350
41Martin Atkins (Wigan)£1,300
42John Bowles£1,250
43Eddie Lovely£1,250
44Curtis Hammond£1,250
45Diogo Portela£1,250
46Steve Hine£1,250
47Rhys Griffin£1,200
48Andy Chalmers£1,200
49Paul Rowley£1,200
50William Borland£1,150
51Danny van Trijp£1,150
52Mick Todd£1,150
53Aden Kirk£1,100
54Barry Lynn£1,100
55Colin Osborne£1,050
56Erik Hol£950
57Lukasz Sawicki£950
58Dafydd Edwards£950
59Peter Mitchell£950
60Mark Frost£950
61Robert Collins£900
62Gary Blades£900
63Stuart Kellett£900
64Daniel Ayres£850

In many ways today’s Challenge Tour resembles the pro tour of 10-15 years ago. The weekends are tough, and the events days long, but there is still some mixture of performance level. This can give many players the chance to win games and or money.

The standard and dedication to the Challenge Tour has been increasing year on year and it may prove a much more regular springboard to the elite level in future.

DartsWorld looks forward to increased coverage of this entertaining, underestimated and highly skilled PDC Tour.

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