Kevin McDine hits nine-darter on way to Tour Card

Last Updated: 21/01/13 1:16pm

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Joey Palfreyman, Royden Lam, Kevin McDine and Steve Coote

Joey Palfreyman, Royden Lam, Kevin McDine and Steve Coote

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Kevin McDine hit a nine-dart finish as he won one of the final Tour Cards at the 2013 PDC Qualifying School.

McDine, a former Grand Slam of Darts semi-finalist, had lost his Tour Card at the end of last year but ensured his place on the full-time PDC ProTour this year by completing a consistent four days with victory on Sunday.

Joining him are Hong Kong's Royden Lam and English pair Steve Coote and Joey Palfreyman.

The Northamptonshire-based ace, 27, had lost in the deciding match to win a Tour Card on Day One of Qualifying School to Charl Pietersen, who also hit a nine-dart finish in their game.

McDine matched that achievement in his decider against Martyn Turner on Sunday at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, as he hit the third perfect leg in four days as he overcame the York thrower 6-3.

"I'm over the moon," admitted McDine. "The standard has gone so high in the last few years and that's shown by the number of nine-darters you're seeing.

"It didn't happen that often when I started playing back in 2006 but everyone's so dedicated now that you're getting them in pretty much every event, and it's great that I've hit one too.

"I've had ten or 15 attempts at a nine-darter before on the circuit and missed out, but this time it went straight in and that's brilliant - to have one hit against me and then to hit one in the space of a couple of days is pretty rare!

"I expected to get through on the first day but Charl was unreal in our final, his nine-darter was great and I was pleased for him.

"I felt confident all day today though, and I'm really glad to have won my Tour Card. I've played quite steady in every game and when I needed to, I found another gear."

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