Report, Ranking after Day 3

Josh Payne and Jeffrey de Zwaan became the latest players to secure Tour Cards as the Final Stage of the 2023 PDC Qualifying Schools continued in Milton Keynes and Kalkar on Saturday.

Payne, a winner of two Players Championship titles, joined Arron Monk and Graham Usher in coming through UK Qualifying School to secure automatic Tour Cards as he took victory on Day Three in Milton Keynes.
The former UK Open quarter-finalist failed to pick up a solitary point on Thursday or Friday, but he returned to winning ways in sensational style at the Marshall Arena. He came through gruelling early tussles against Mark Challenger and Andy Boulton to move through to round three, where he averaged 99 in a whitewash win over Ryan Furness to continue his charge. The 29-year-old also accounted for Mark McGeeney and Conan Whitehead to book a last four clash against Graham Hall, where he produced some late fireworks to progress.
Payne was the last player to achieve perfection at Qualifying School 12 months ago, and he almost repeated the feat against Hall, missing double 12 for the nine-darter before wrapping up victory in ten darts. This set up a crunch clash against former Tour Card Holder Chris Quantock, and Payne underlined his battling qualities with a fine comeback win, recovering from 5-3 down to prevail with legs of 13 and 15 darts in the closing stages.

Quantock, who was also without a point heading into Day Three, defied a spirited fightback from Jim McEwan in round one, and later claimed wins over Lewis Gurney and Dylan Slevin en route to the final.
Development Tour star Slevin fought back from 5-0 down to stun Scott Mitchell in round three, while also claiming the scalps of Danny Lauby and Keegan Brown to advance to the last four alongside Graham Hall.
Hall and Slevin are tied in fourth and fifth spot on the UK Q School Order of Merit respectively, while Saturday's quarter-finalists Lee Evans and former World Youth champion Brown are on seven points alongside Friday's runner-up Adam Warner in the bid to claim Tour Cards.
Elsewhere, 2012 World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton and Women's World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock both remain in contention following runs to the last 16 at the Marshall Arena.

Meanwhile, at European Qualifying School, former World Matchplay semi-finalist De Zwaan performed magnificently in Kalkar to secure an immediate return to the PDC circuit, having dropped out of the world's top 64 following the Cazoo World Darts Championship.
The Dutchman relinquished just 14 legs in his seven matches at Wunderland, defeating his compatriot Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 in Saturday's showpiece to seal the deal. De Zwaan kicked off his campaign with an emphatic 6-1 win against fellow Dutchman Stefan Schroder, before overcoming Belgium's Remo Mandiau and Japan's Yoshihisa Baba to reach the last 16. The 26-year-old then fired in a stunning 107 average to dispatch Friday's runner-up Pascal Rupprecht 6-2, before breezing past Alex Spellman and Arjan Konterman in quick-fire fashion. This set up an all-Dutch showdown against Kuivenhoven, and De Zwaan wasn't to be denied, conjuring up back-to-back 13-dart legs to confirm his return to the darting big time.

However, Kuivenhoven - a semi-finalist on Friday - has already done enough to guarantee a Tour Card via the European Q School Order of Merit, therefore he also celebrates an instant return to the professional ranks alongside De Zwaan. The 34-year-old began Saturday's proceedings with a whitewash win over last year's UK Open quarter-finalist Sebastian Bialecki, before dumping out German star Max Hopp in round two. Kuivenhoven also edged out the impressive Daniel Klose in a deciding-leg tie in the quarter-finals, before dumping out Belgium's former World Cup finalist Ronny Huybrechts in the semi-finals.

Huybrechts is poised to rejoin younger brother Kim on the PDC circuit after following up his run to Thursday's final with another strong showing, while Konterman's semi-final run has catapulted him into the provisional qualification places.
Rupprecht and Huybrechts sit in second and third spot respectively on nine points, with Klose and Czech star Karel Sedlacek further back on seven points heading into Sunday's final day.

Day Four of Qualifying Schools on Sunday will offer a final chance for players to win Tour Cards, with play commencing at 1200 CET in Kalkar and 1200 GMT in Milton Keynes. In addition to Sunday's winners, a further 19 Tour Cards will be awarded on a pro-rata basis to players from the respective UK/European Qualifying School Final Stage Orders of Merit following Day Four - ten in Europe, and nine in the UK.

UK Qualifying School Order of Merit after third day
RankName Leg-DiffLegs WonPoints
1Lee Evans24637
2Keegan Brown23727
3Adam Warner22737
4Graham Hall25656
5Dylan Slevin14626
6Conan Whitehead14596
7Stephen Burton11626
6Mark McGeeney8586
9Andy Hamilton23585
10Fallon Sherrock 10505
11Ryan Harrington8545
12Dom Taylor7425
13Chris Quantock6465
14Scott Mitchell19534
15Lewis Gurney17524
16Adam Hunt15554
17Nathan Girvan5494
18Christian Perez5344
19John Henderson20513
20Jarred Cole7413
21Lee Budgen7413
22Connor Heneghan3343
23Jack Vincent3333
24Jamie Lewis-1363
25Andy Boulton13442
26Nick Kenny9382
27Alec Small8412
28Shane Hayward6372
29Owen Bates6342
30Luke Smith5322
31Michael Flynn3282
32Justin Hood2312
33Scott Baker2302
34Callum Goffin2292
35Jack Main1332
36Shanes McGuirk0332
37Tommy Morris0332
38Wayne Jones8271
39James Hurrell5291
40Dan Read3261
41Jake Jones2311
42Scott Walters2281
43Andy Jenkins2131
44Shaun McDonald1321
45Sam Cromwell1311
46Jim Walker1301
47Shaun Fox1251
48Mike Warburton0261
50Peter Hudson0241
51Alan Tabern0211
51Thomas Lovely-1321
52David Pallett-1121
53Ian Jones-2281
54Eddie Lovely-3281
55Robert Thompson-3281
56Matthew Dennant-3191
57Adam Lipscombe-4291
58Reece Robinson-4281
59Mark Challenger-4241
60Cliff Prior-4231
61David Wawrzewski-4211
62Gary Blades-5291
63Robert Rickwood-5211
64Ryan Furness-5191
65Kevin Thomas-7201

European Qualifying School Order of Merit after third day
RankName Leg-DiffLegs wonPoints
1Maik Kuivenhoven509311
2Pascal Rupprecht36829
3Ronny Huybrechts28759
4Daniel Klose31727
5Karel Sedlacek9597
6Richard Veenstra26666
7Niels Zonneveld17586
8Owen Roelofs11566
9Arjan Konterman16555
10Gian van Veen16495
11Andy Baetens18504
12Thibault Tricole13524
13Franz Roetzsch10424
14Jacques Labre8464
15Ryan de Vreede1424
16Jelle Klaasen20503
17Jacob Taylor16483
18Toni Alcinas14443
19Derk Telnekes12473
20John Michael 12443
21Davy Proosten12413
22Ricardo Perez-Ibarra9453
23Chris Landman8453
24Benjamin Pratnemer8403
25Alex Spellmann6373
26Kenny Neyens1363
27Sebastian Bialecki1303
28Patrick Tringler-5313
29Robbis Knops11422
30Max Hopp6392
31Teemu Harju4372
32Marcel Hausotter4302
33Jose Marques3322
34Markus Kessler-2242
35Jeroen Caron-3282
36Nick Crouwel-6312
37David Schlichting12321
38Jeroen Mioch11381
39Christian Kist6361
40Dennie Olde Kalter5291
41Berry van Peer4351
42Stefan Henderyck1271
43Tytus Kanik-1311
44Francois Schweyen-1271
45Jonas Masalin-1261
46Michele Turetta-1251
47Alexander Merkx-1241
48Benito van de Pas-2321
49Yoshihisa Baba-2241
50Kevin Blomme-3221
51Jeremy van der Winkel-3211
52John Desreumaux-3211
53Roemer Mooijman-5271
54Kevin van Wauwe-5211
55Vinay Ramnath-5211
56Jamie Lawrence-6131
57Patrick van den Boogaard-7231
58Roy van den Griendt-7171
59Marcel Gerdon-9191

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