Ross 'The Boss' Montgomery became one of the main stories of this year's PDC Q-School with the BDO stalwart finally giving this year's tournament a go and he ended up with the prized reward at the end of it - a PDC Tour Card.
"Never (expected this), A few of the players have been nice to me all week, a few of the officials, security. They were like good to see you Ross, where were you 15 years ago?. It's been a strange week but it's been a nice week. I was in the PDC environment when I qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts. Everyone knows me, I'm a Scottish international - I was captain for a long long time, it's a bit surreal for me at my age," said Montgomery to the PDC.
Ross Montgomery seals PDC Tour Card for the first time with outright win on Day Three of PDC UK Q-School Final Stage
Potential regrets on not joining sooner
At the age of 59, Montgomery will be turning 60 this year but for the Scot, he doesn't take the point of view of wishing he had done anything sooner and ranks his achievements with his country in particularly highly.
"You can't really wish it came sooner because I wouldn't have played all over the world for me country, I wouldn't have been a gold medallist for my country, a silver medallist, I wouldn't have been one of the leading capped players if I hadn't been.
"But there's no one else to play darts except the PDC because they're on the ball, my sponsors looked at it and said look Ross, my wife said to me this is maybe going to be the only place I'm going to play. They have a controlled environment, everyone looks after everyone, if you want to play play, if you don't want to play darts retire. I went I think I'll give it a go."
He will now join his Scottish teammate and friend, Alan Soutar on the tour and he had a message for him.
"Soots knows where he stands when he plays me. I'll say no more on that point."