The Challenge Tour circuit is open to players who have participated in the Q-School, but have not won a Tour Card. Tour places for the Pro Tour 2018 and Tour Cards for 2019 and 2020 can be earned on this tour.

The highest ranked players on the Challenge Tour Order or Merit are eligible for the reserve spots at the Players Championships. The number one and two of this ranking will be offered a PDC Tour Card at the end of the season for the two following seasons. The numbers three up to and including eight are free to participate in the Q-School 2019.

Since 2018, players must have played Q-School to play on this circuit. Darts like Krzysztof Ratajski, Ted Evetts, Tony O’Shea, Daryl Fitton, Cameron Menzies, Jeff Smith, Jamie Hughes, Andy Smith, Diogo Portela, Wes Newton, Yordi Meeuwisse, Mike de Decker and Berry van Peer have this season access to the Challenge Tour.

The results of the Challenge Tour circuit can be followed live via DartConnect. This year there are no stream boards available as of yet. Dartsnews.com also reports on these tournaments. These can be found via this link.

Prize fund breakdown on the Challenge Tour

2018 x20
Winner£2,000
Runner-up£1,000
Semi-final£500
Quarter-final£300
Last 16£200
Last 32£100
Last 64£50
Total£10,000
Total (x20)£200,000