The PDC Challenge Tour will consist of 24 tournaments in 2023. Each tournament pays out £15,000 in prize money, so the prize fund for the entire circuit consists of £360,000.
This circuit is open to players who participated in Q-School, but failed to win a Tour Card. A kind of second division, then, for players who want to seek refuge at the PDC.
From reaching the last 64, players can earn prize money, starting with £75. That amount then increases with each round. The winner collects a handsome £2,500.
What are the alternatives for over 800 players missing out on PDC Tour Card at 2023 Q-School?
The Challenge Tour ranking is based on the prize money earned. At the end of the season, the numbers one and two get an invitation to the PDC World Darts Championship, plus a Tour Card for 2024 and 2025.
There is also another reward for players who do well. The top of the standings have a chance to compete as a reserve player in the Players Championship tournaments of the PDC Pro Tour. If a Tour Card holder fails to register or drops out, the highest-ranked player on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit may fill in.
Prize money breakdown during PDC Challenge Tour 2023
Result - Prize money
Last 16 £300
Last 32 £200
Last 64 £75
PDC Challenge Tour 2023 calendar
20-22 January: PDC Challenge Tour 1-5 (Milton Keynes)
17-18 March: PDC Challenge Tour 6-9 (Hildesheim)
5-7 May: PDC Challenge Tour 10-14 (Milton Keynes)
4-6 August: PDC Challenge Tour 15-19 (Milton Keynes)
28-30 October: PDC Challenge Tour 20-24 (Wigan)
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