BRANSGORE darts superstar Scott Mitchell is planning to switch allegiances to the lucrative PDC circuit after bowing out in the semi-finals of the BDO world championships.
Speaking to the A&T after his 3-6 defeat at the hands of Welshman Wayne Warren, the competition’s eventual winner, Scott said he felt it was “time” for a change.
“The BDO problems have been highlighted pretty much everywhere lately and with that in mind I feel it’s time for me to try something different.”
Scott added: “For 2020 the goals are to keep playing the standard that I am wherever I end up playing and hopefully reap the rewards that way.”
After his exit from the BDO flagship event Scott admitted in a BBC interview he felt the BDO had “lost its way”. He also announced his intention to join the PDC Qualifying School in Wigan, starting today (Tuesday) in an effort to win a tour card for the 2020 season.
The 49-year-old added that if he failed to qualify, he would continue with the BDO. Reflecting on his performance, Scott told the A&T he was pleased. “I was seeded ninth so to make the semi-finals was a good achievement – the rankings don’t lie,” he commented.
The Bransgore farmer, who won the 2015 BDO event and has a fierce local fanbase known as the ‘Farmy Army’, had a tough 2019 but was in good form at the BDO tournament.
He was up late the Friday before his semi, fending off his good friend Scott Waites in a thrilling quarter-final which ended at about 11.30pm. He ran out to a 2-0 lead in the semi, before Warren, ranked four places above Mitchell, found his form and took the match 6-3.
But the BDO tournament, the organisation’s flagship event, was bedevilled by criticism throughout. It had switched from its usual venue – the historic Lakeside – to the Indigo at the O2, but poor ticket sales caused a reduction in prize money and some high-profile players to pull out.
Conversely, the raucous PDC world championships at Alexandra Palace has the largest prize find in the sport of £2.5m and attracts around 80,000 fans.