There’s a long way to go in the race to the 2020 PDC World Championship. But the list of tentative qualifiers already makes for interesting reading.

Stat man Dan Hutchinson has been keeping track of the race to the Ally Pally. His list of tentative PDC World Championship qualifiers is far from definitive – the cut-off is a long way off – but it does show who is close to securing a spot, and who needs to get a move on.

The table shows some very good news for Raymond van Barneveld. His £11,500 secured so far puts him high in the Pro Tour Order of Merit. He’ll need more strong performances to stay there, but Barney’s Ally Pally farewell is currently on track.

Glen Durrant looks nailed on to be at the World Championship for the first time, having won the BDO version three times in a row. With £30,500 secured to date, nobody outside the world’s top 32 has earned more on the Pro Tour in 2019.

Scott Baker and Mark McGeeney are similarly in a good position. Harry Ward, Tytus Kanik, Mario Robbe, Luke Woodhouse, Madars Razma and Gavin Carlin are all in the running to make their debuts in London as well.

It’s not looking so good for 2019 PDC World Championship quarter-finalist Brendan Dolan. He is currently adrift of both the world’s top 32 and the 32 Pro Tour qualifiers, despite the £50,000 picked up for his Ally Pally charge.

The man he beat in the fourth round, Benito van de Pas, is also in danger of not reaching the season-ending showpiece. So to is the man van de Pas beat in the third round, Antonio Alcinas.

Multiple major winner Rob Thornton won’t make it to the World Championship again as things stand.

The same is true for German ace Martin Schindler, though Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens are both well placed.

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Author: Ed McCosh