Dave Parletti missed out on a Tour Card at 2020 PDC Q-School on his first go at a move over from the BDO circuit and in an interview with Sky Sports, he reflected on his four days.

Parletti said that he was at the wrong end of some results; but that it was a rewarding experience for him in terms of playing on the Challenge Tour this year.

The Surrey ace added that it has also given him the hunger to give the PDC his all; as well to play with the best of the best going forward.

“I found it brutal. I had a few tough draws. I lost three of my games 5-4 where I was sitting on doubles and they were going out,” Parletti told Sky Sports.

“I played John Part on the first day. He was on 65 and hit the bullseye with his first dart – I put my head down and thought ‘come on’. I lifted my head up and he was shaking my hand. It was brutal.

“In the long run, I think it’s set my mind in good stead where I think ‘right I’m going to have to brush up on my doubles’, because you get away with that on the other side but it was a totally different kettle of fish I noticed. It is gruelling on the mind.”

“When I look back and reflect on what happened, I was too patchy and I wasn’t consistent. I think that will set me up and give me a goal to try and get there for next year, and especially Challenge Tour this year.

“There were some games where I played really well, but then there were other times when I was dreadful, but if I can put that all together, I know on the day, if I get my mindset right and play well every single game, I have no doubt in my mind that I will be there one day.

“I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way but I think the place you want to be if you want to play good darts is the PDC, there’s a better depth so for me that’s all I want to do now, play the best darts.”

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Author: Samuel Gill