Durrant ends career as professional darts player after two years of heartbreak

Three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant bid an emotional farewell to professional darts after missing out on a place at the upcoming World Championship.

Durrant went into today’s qualifying event in Barnsley looking to secure one of the three remaining spots for the Alexandra Palace extravaganza. However, Durrant, who won the Premier League in 2020 after moving over from the BDO to the PDC, could not land one of the remaining places.

Instead, Welsh veteran Richie Burnett, another former BDO world champion, Ryan Joyce and Canadian Jeff Smith took the final three spots, with the draw for the opening two rounds taking place at 6.30pm this evening.

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Shortly after his defeat to Jamie Clarke, Durrant took to social media to confirm the end of his professional darts career, for now, and alluded to the difficult two years he has endured since winning the Premier League.

“Well that’s it, I’m no longer a professional dart player. I want no sympathy in these replies because I have new challenges ahead and there is one chapter left yet,” he wrote.

“Thank you Professional Darts Corporation for a brilliant 4 years – 2 years of ecstasy and 2 years of heartache. Pro Tour winner and a Premier League winner is not bad.”

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He concluded with a message to his now former fellow professionals: “I say this to all players, enjoy now because you never know what’s around the corner.”

In a subsequent message, Durrant clarified he hadn’t retired but was just no longer a professional darts player and hinted about a comeback.

He tweeted: “I’ve not retired, just no longer a pro player 2023 is a year of new adventures and finding that winning feeling again. Watch me smash QSchool 2024. You’ve been warned!”


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