Paul Nicholson is not playing at the Qualifying School later this month in Wigan. This immediately means that ‘The Asset’ will not be active on the PDC circuit next season.
The Australian lost his position in the top 64 of the PDC Order of Merit as a result of the many upsets at the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship. The defeats of Gerwyn Price, Ian White and Dimitri van den Bergh became fatal for Nicholson.
Instead of making a new attempt at the Q School, Nicholson decided to take a sabbatical, he told Live Darts. “My decision is to not go to Q School in about a week’s time. I just don’t feel like I’m good enough at this point in time to get through Q School.”
“I don’t want to go there and be absolutely flogged and see my confidence wither even more. There were times in 2018 where I played really well, especially around May/June time but I think I need a little bit of time away to try and find a formula to almost get my invincibility factor back, because I don’t have that right now.”
“I need to find out what was going right in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as opposed to the last few years where I’ve had a period of mediocrity and I’m not prepared to live with that.”
“It’s not one of those times where I’m saying I might come back in 2020, I am going to Q School in 2020. If there was a form for me to sign right now, I would. It’s just a case of doing different things in 2019. Q School has come a bit too quick and we’ll work on the game, work on the head and go forward in 2020.”