The Belgian darts fans will be able to cheer on a record number of Belgians this year during the top tournaments of the PDC Pro Tour. After Brian Raman, Mario Vandenbogaerde also forced a tour ticket or during the European qualifying tournament in Germany.
Vincent Van Genechten
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This year, no less than eleven Belgians are participating in the final phase of the PDC Qualifying School (12-15 January). A tournament is played every day and the four winners receive a tour card. Brian Raman won the second tournament on Thursday and secured a spot at the highest level for 2022 and 2023.
Mario Vandenbogaerde missed that opportunity on day one, but has been playing very well for a whole week. To his final on Wednesday and 1/8th final on Thursday, he added a final on Friday, which he lost 6-4 to Dutchman Luc Peters. As a result, the 48-year-old West Flemish has already gathered enough points to finish among the eleven highest-ranked darts players of the European qualifying tournament, who also force a tour card for the next two seasons.
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Immediately good for Belgian darts history, because no fewer than six compatriots had a permanent place on the PDC Pro Tour before. In addition to Raman and Vandenbogaerde, these are Dimitri Van den Bergh, Kim Huybrechts, Mike De Decker and Geert De Vos.