Monk books Ally Pally berth
Aaron Monk grabbed the final spot in the first round of the PDC World Championship by winning Monday’s PDPA Qualifier event in Wigan.
The 21-year-old played on the Alexandra Palace stage just under 12 months ago when he won the 2011 PDC Under-21 World Championship title by defeating Michael van Gerwen. However, this will be his first appearance in the World Championships proper.
“It feels great to qualify today and play against the senior players on such a big stage like Alexandra Palace,” said Monk.
“I felt I could go far today as I have been playing well recently. I've practised over four hours everyday for the last few weeks, and the hard work has paid off!”
Monk beat fellow youngster Joe Cullen 5-3 in the final and Cullen will now take up a place in the World Championship Preliminary round, also to be staged at Alexandra Palace. Both players can now be backed at odds of around 200/1 to win the 2012 PDC World Championship.
Those missing out on a place at the World Championships include former champion Dennis Priestley, former finalists Peter Manley and Kirk Shepherd and four-time semi-finalist Wayne Mardle.
The draw for the Preliminary round and first round will be made live on Tuesday 29 November on Sky Sports News at 11.30am.