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Harald Leitinger takes first PDC tour card on European Q-School 2020

Thursday the first day of the European Q-School 2020 took place in Hildesheim, Germany. It’s always hard to predict which players would get a tour card especially when there are only 11 PDC tour card available for 332 players. In my previews I tried to offer insight in which players might have a good chance.

In general the Dutch players seemed to have the best chances of winning some. Several Dutch players went quite a way in the tournament. Martijn Kleermaker was the best Dutch player with reaching the final. He even got darts to win, but he lost against an Austrian player.

According to my preview, the favourite Austrian player to win a tour card was the Hypercane Zoran Lerchbacher. People might think of Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Roxy-James Rodriguez, the brothers of current PDC player Rowby-John Rodriguez. But it was none of them. The winner became Harald Leitinger. A player who is best known for his performances in softtip, however I know very little of softtip darts. I have found out he played a Players Championship in Austria back in 2011, where he lost the last 256 against Maik Langendorf.

So for me it was a real surprise that Harald Leitinger was the first player to win a PDC tour card for 2020-2021 at the European Q-School. The Austrian needed four times a deciding ninth leg to win a match. He had beaten among others Kenny Neyens, Berry van Peer, Zoran Lerchbacher and thus Martijn Kleermaker in the final with 5-4. Also Wesley Harms, the number one seed of the BDO World Championship 2020, lost against the Austrian.

The country which surprised me most on day one was Croatia. Boris Krcmar was the best Croatian player reaching the semi finals, where he lost 5-4 against Martijn Kleermaker. Krcmar was one of the most known Croatian players on the list, however it surprised me a bit he played so well. Besides Krcmar Pero Ljubic and Zdravko Antunovic made it to the last 32 as well. Ljubic has of course already reached a PDC World Championship but Antunovic is a quite unknown player to me.

As always day one has had shown how unpredictable darts, and especially Q-School could be. Harald Leitinger was a quite surprising tour card winner while other players like Franz Roetzsch, Kay Smeets and Tonny Veenhof did also surprisingly well. At the same time players like Richard Veenstra, Sebastian Steyer, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Jose Justicia had quite early exits.

Results from last 16 onwards:
Last 16
Brian Raman – Tytus Kanik 5-2
Franz Roetzsch – Wesley Plaisier 5-4
Kay Smeets – Thomas Junghans 5-3
Harald Leitinger – Wesley Harms 5-2
Karel Sedlacek – Jeffrey de Graaf 5-4
Boris Krcmar – Dragutin Horvat 5-4
Martijn Kleermaker – Thibault Tricole 5-4
Tonny Veenhof – Derk Telnekes 5-3

Quarter final
Brian Raman – Franz Roetzsch 5-0
Harald Leitinger – Kay Smeets 5-2
Boris Krcmar – Karel Sedlacek 5-3
Martijn Kleermaker – Tonny Veenhof 5-3

Semi final
Harald Leitinger – Brian Raman 5-2
Martijn Kleermaker Boris Krcmar 5-4

Final
Harald Leitinger – Martijn Kleermaker 5-4

European Q-School Order of Merit
Highest ranked player per country:
Alphabetical order of country:

Albania: Arsen Ballaj (shared 64th 1 point)
Austria: Zoran Lerchbacher (shared 16th 3 points)
Belgium: Brian Raman (shared 2nd 6 points)
Croatia: Boris Krcmar (shared 2nd 6 points)
Czech Republic: Karel Sedlacek (shared 4th 5 points)
Denmark: Ivan Springborg Poulsen (shared 32nd 2 points)
France: Thibault Tricole (shared 8th 4 points)
Germany: Franz Roetzsch (shared 4th 5 points)
Hungary: Gergely Lakatos, Patrik Kovacs, Sandor Ballo, Szabolcs Nemeth (shared 64th 1 point)
Italy: Alessio Marconi, Andrea Micheletti, Marco Apollonio, Michel Furlani, Paolo Truttalli (shared 64th 1 point)
Netherlands: Martijn Kleermaker (1st 7 points)
Poland: Tytus Kanik (shared 8th 4 points)
Portugal: Jose Marques (shared 64th 1 point)
Romania: Gabriel Florin Olar, Gabriel Pascaru (shared 64th 1 point)
Russia: Boris Koltsov (shared 16th 4 points)
Serbia: Sead Nicevic (shared 64th 1 point)
Slovakia: Frantisek Mika (shared 64th 1 point)
Slovenia: Benjamin Pratnemer (shared 32nd 2 points)
Spain: Angel Martin Sanchez, Jose Justicia, Julio Barbero Gonzalez (shared 32nd 2 points)
Sweden: Daniel Larsson (shared 32nd 2 points)
Switzerland: Marcel Gugger (shared 32nd 2 points)

With highest ranked players first:
Netherlands: Martijn Kleermaker (1st 7 points)
Belgium: Brian Raman (shared 2nd 6 points)
Croatia: Boris Krcmar (shared 2nd 6 points)
Czech Republic: Karel Sedlacek (shared 4th 5 points)
Germany: Franz Roetzsch (shared 4th 5 points)
France: Thibault Tricole (shared 8th 4 points)
Poland: Tytus Kanik (shared 8th 4 points)
Russia: Boris Koltsov (shared 16th 4 points)
Austria: Zoran Lerchbacher (shared 16th 3 points)
Denmark: Ivan Springborg Poulsen (shared 32nd 2 points)
Slovenia: Benjamin Pratnemer (shared 32nd 2 points)
Spain: Angel Martin Sanchez, Jose Justicia, Julio Barbero Gonzalez (shared 32nd 2 points)
Sweden: Daniel Larsson (shared 32nd 2 points)
Switzerland: Marcel Gugger (shared 32nd 2 points)
Albania: Arsen Ballaj (shared 64th 1 point)
Hungary: Gergely Lakatos, Patrik Kovacs, Sandor Ballo, Szabolcs Nemeth (shared 64th 1 point)
Italy: Alessio Marconi, Andrea Micheletti, Marco Apollonio, Michel Furlani, Paolo Truttalli (shared 64th 1 point)
Portugal: Jose Marques (shared 64th 1 point)
Romania: Gabriel Florin Olar, Gabriel Pascaru (shared 64th 1 point)
Serbia: Sead Nicevic (shared 64th 1 point)
Slovakia: Frantisek Mika (shared 64th 1 point)

No.NameCountryDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Total
1Martijn KleermakerNetherlands7   7
2Boris KrcmarCroatia6   6
2Brian RamanBelgium6   6
4Franz RoetzschGermany5   5
4Karel SedlacekCzech Republic5   5
4Kay SmeetsNetherlands5   5
4Tonny VeenhofNetherlands5   5
8Derk TelnekesNetherlands4   4
8Dragutin HorvatGermany4   4
8Jeffrey de GraafNetherlands4   4
8Thibault TricoleFrance4   4
8Thomas JunghansGermany4   4
8Tytus KanikPoland4   4
8Wesley HarmsNetherlands4   4
8Wesley PlaisierNetherlands4   4
16Armando SlotboomNetherlands3   3
16Boris KoltsovRussia3   3
16Chris LandmanNetherlands3   3
16Christopher HaenschGermany3   3
16Fabian HerzGermany3   3
16Jimmy HendriksNetherlands3   3
16Kevin MunchGermany3   3
16Lukas WenigGermany3   3
16Mario VandenbogaerdeBelgium3   3
16Mike de DeckerBelgium3   3
16Mitchell von SchukkmannNetherlands3   3
16Owen RoelofsNetherlands3   3
16Pero LjubicCroatia3   3
16Robert MarijanovicGermany3   3
16Zdravko AntunovicCroatia3   3
16Zoran LerchbacherAustria3   3
32Alexander MasekCzech Republic2   2
32Andreas FreiGermany2   2
32Angel Martin SanchezSpain2   2
32Arjan KontermanNetherlands2   2
32Benjamin PratnemerSlovenia2   2
32Berry van PeerNetherlands2   2
32Christian KistNetherlands2   2
32Daniel LarssonSweden2   2
32Davy van der ZandeNetherlands2   2
32Dirk van DuijvenbodeNetherlands2   2
32Erik TautfestGermany2   2
32Filip SebestaCzech Republic2   2
32Ivan Springborg PoulsenDenmark2   2
32James BaileyAustralia2   2
32Johan SingerlingNetherlands2   2
32Jose JusticiaSpain2   2
32Julio Barbero GonzalezSpain2   2
32Karsten KochGermany2   2
32Kevin BlommeBelgium2   2
32Kevin DoetsNetherlands2   2
32Marcel GuggerSwitzerland2   2
32Markus KesslerGermany2   2
32Michal ZarybnikcyCzech Republic2   2
32Ole LuckowGermany2   2
32Peter SchnupfhagnGermany2   2
32Philipp SpindlerGermany2   2
32Rowdy SchoremansNetherlands2   2
32Rusty-Jake RodriguezAustria2   2
32Sebastian PohlGermany2   2
32Tobias MuellerGermany2   2
32Willem MandigersNetherlands2   2
32Zereso ZeverboomNetherlands2   2
64Alessio MarconiItaly1   1
64Andrea MichelettiItaly1   1
64Anton SalgeGermany1   1
64Arsen BallajAlbania1   1
64Claus Bendix NielsenDenmark1   1
64Cody HarrisNew Zealand1   1
64Cor ErnstNetherlands1   1
64Daniel KloseGermany1   1
64Danny TessmannGermany1   1
64Dennie Olde KalterNetherlands1   1
64Dennis AkhtarGermany1   1
64Dennis van der EndeNetherlands1   1
64Erik MeulenmeestersNetherlands1   1
64Frantisek MikaSlovakia1   1
64Gabriel Florin OlarRomania1   1
64Gabriel PascaruRomania1   1
64Gergely LakatosHungary1   1
64Gian van VeenNetherlands1   1
64Jarno BraamskampNetherlands1   1
64Jeffrey SparidaansNetherlands1   1
64Johan EngstromSweden1   1
64Jose MarquesPortugal1   1
64Justin van TergouwNetherlands1   1
64Kai GotthardtGermany1   1
64Karel PapezikCzech Republic1   1
64Kenny NeyensBelgium1   1
64Kevin KnopfGermany1   1
64Leo HendriksNetherlands1   1
64Marcel GerdonGermany1   1
64Marco ApollonioItaly1   1
64Marek PolyakCzech Republic1   1
64Marvin WehderGermany1   1
64Mario RobbeNetherlands1   1
64Michael PlooyNetherlands1   1
64Michael UnterbuchnerGermany1   1
64Michal SmejdaCzech Republic1   1
64Michel FurlaniItaly1   1
64Nico BlumGermany1   1
64Ondrej KysilkaCzech Republic1   1
64Paolo TruttalliItaly1   1
64Patrick BulenBelgium1   1
64Patrik KovacsHungary1   1
64Peter van den BroekNetherlands1   1
64Rene FrickeGermany1   1
64Ricardo PerezSpain1   1
64Robin BegerGermany1   1
64Rohan BrouwersNetherlands1   1
64Roman BeneckyHungary1   1
64Romeo GrbavacCroatia1   1
64Ronny HuybrechtsBelgium1   1
64Roxy-James RodriguezAustria1   1
64Sander van BeemNetherlands1   1
64Sandor BalloHungary1   1
64Sebastian OschitzkiGermany1   1
64Sead NicevicSerbia1   1
64Stefan BellmontSwitzerland1   1
64Stefan TafernerGermany1   1
64Sven VogelsbergGermany1   1
64Szabolcs NemethHungary1   1
64Thomas LazicGermany1   1
64Toon GreebeNetherlands1   1
64Wim HofsinkNetherlands1   1
64Wouter VaesNetherlands1   1



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