Claydon outclassed for tour card

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Brett Claydon declared he is happy with his game at present, despite missing out on gaining a Professional Darts Corperation (PDC) tour card.

Following the final two rounds of the Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit in Wigan at the weekend, the Sudbury Town darts ace finished 12th in the overall standings.

Although Claydon — who suffered a 5-2 first-round defeat in event 14 at the hands of Mark Lawrence and a fourth-round exit in event 15 after a 5-4 loss to Matthew Edgar — will have to go through qualifying school in January for a tour card, he is satisfied with where he is at.

“I didn’t do anything wrong at the weekend, in fact I was playing well and took out more 100-plus out shots than double figure ones, it was just a case of a few people coming out of the pack,” said the player nicknamed ‘the Shredder’. “Although I didn’t get a tour card, I am really happy with how I have played this year and it has been a huge improvement from last year.”

On Monday, Soham-based Claydon — who also plays for Burwell in the Cambridgeshire Super League — reached the fourth round of this year’s Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts qualifier event in Wigan, before exiting at the hands of Jamie Caven.

“I was in it against Jamie Caven and kept setting up the double shots, like in the first leg when I left double top, but I didn’t get a chance at it,” said Claydon. “I felt like I played well, but just didn’t get the rub of the green.”