The pinnacle of darts is obviously becoming a world champion, but one accolade that every dart player dreams of is being handed a place in the Premier League.
Playing at some of the best venues in Europe week in week out against the world’s top talent is nothing but a pipe dream for many, but if you manage to prove yourself worthy a place in the Premier League awaits you.
However, it’s not quite as simple as that.
The PDC’s system means that sometimes the best players in the world are snubbed as there are a number of invitational slots in the competition, meaning that some of the world’s top talent is often left out.
Today, we’re going to look at who is the best player ever to never earn a spot amongst the World’s elite.
The best place to start is probably in this year’s Premier League.
With the challengers making a return, somebody was going to miss out, and we feel that Ian White has been overlooked for far too long now.
The Diamond is undoubtedly one of the world’s top dartists, sitting ninth in the Order of Merit, while also reaching four European Tour finals last year, winning two of them.
Unfortunately, as has often been the case, White’s TV performances have let him down more often than not, but he did make his first televised semi-final this year in Minehead at the Players Championship finals, where he lost to Michael van Gerwen.
However, due to the fact White could still get a spot in the Premier League in the near future, we’re not going to bestow him with this crown.
Another man who can feel a bit miffed by consistent snubs is Vincent van der Voort.
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact year that the Dutchman should have had a spot in the Premier League, but he does have the most prize money of any player to not play in the competition since its inception, and you can’t make a much clearer argument than that.
Van der Voort has a real case to make, but there is still one player who has more of a right to feel aggrieved, and that man is Paul Nicholson.
The Asset remains the only player to win a major without getting a spot in the Premier League, and it was just a matter of poor timing from the adopted Australian.
Nicholson won his Players Championship Final’s crown back in 2010, when the tournament was hosted in January, but nowadays the competition is held in November, and you have to think that had he won a major two months prior to the PL lineup being announced rather than a few weeks after, he would have been in.
Fingers crossed The Asset can come through Q-School next year and come back with a bang, rightfully earning the Premier League spot he should have had a decade ago.