Mark McGeeney Set For Opening Year On PDC Circuit
It’s going to be a big year for Mark in 2019 as he recently earned a PDC Tour Card. The former BDO world number one is going to be playing in some of the biggest tournaments in the sport over the next 12 months which makes it an exciting time for him.
Here is a look at where you may see Mark feature in his debut campaign with the PDC.
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The UK Open is known as 'the FA Cup of darts' as it is a knockout tournament which sees amateur darts players take on the professionals in an open-draw competition. Mark is set to begin in the first round where 160 players start out across a number of boards at Butlins, Minehead. Mark did feature in the preliminary round of the UK Open in 2013, however, he failed to qualify therefore this will be his first appearance in the opening round. World number one Michael van Gerwen is the odds-on favourite at 5/6 in the darts betting to win the trophy for the third time and he goes into this event in excellent form as he recently won the Masters in Milton Keynes for the fifth consecutive year.
The Winter Gardens in Blackpool is one of the most iconic darts venues in the world and in July it will host the World Matchplay once again, arguably the second most prestigious tournament on the darts calendar with the PDC. Mark will be hoping to appear in the first round which is a race to 10 legs contest. The winner seals a cheque for £150,000 and the defending champion is Gary Anderson who beat Mensur Slujovic 21-19 in the final in 2018 in what was a classic contest.
Mark has featured in the last two Grand Slam of Darts events where he has represented the BDO. Unfortunately, he has been unable to progress past the group stages on both occasions. In 2017 he was drawn into a tough pool which included Suljovic, Michael Smith and James Wilson and unfortunately, he lost all three games. 12 months ago, he picked up his first win in the tournament against Ryan Searle but defeat to Dimitri Van den Bergh in the final group game meant he had to settle for third place. Mark will be hoping for a better run this year where he will be representing the PDC for the first time.
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The PDC World Darts Championship is the biggest darts tournament in the world and one in which Mark has always dreamed of playing in. There are a lot of Order of Merit points to be earned before December in which Mark will be hoping to claim to give him the best opportunity of being one of the 32 seeds for the tournament in the Alexandra Palace. Mark reached the final of the BDO World Darts Championship in 2018 where he was beaten 7-6 by Glen Durrant. He will be hoping to go one better with the PDC.
Keep up-to-date with all of Mark’s results on this website and with the PDC throughout 2019.