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Angus darts star Alan Soutar wins prestigious PDC Best Newcomer award after amazing Ally Pally exploits

Alan Soutar has been named PDC Best Newcomer
Alan Soutar has been named PDC Best Newcomer

Angus darts ace Alan Soutar has been named PDC Best Newcomer after his stunning debut year as a professional.

Arbroath-based Soutar reached the last 16 of the World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace and stormed up to 51st in the world.

The Dundee firefighter, known as Soots, picked up Β£67,000 in prize money in his first ten months as a professional.

That was Β£18,000 more than the next highest-placed new tour card holder, Florian Hempel.

“The last few months have been crazy,” said Soutar.

“Ally Pally propelled it to a different level. I could never have imagined the level of media attention that run would attract.

“Winning this award has capped it all for me.

“I’ve played darts at a good level for most of my life but I’m quite happy to be classed as a 44-year-old newcomer!”

Alan Soutar: Ally Pally exploits

Soutar announced himself on the biggest stage at Ally Pally.

He beat Diogo Portela, Mensur Suljovic and world number seven Jose de Sousa.

His media profile has risen significantly since that Β£35,000 glory run.

Soutar appeared on Sky Sports News in a live Christmas Day interview.

And he returned to Scotland between matches to work at Dundee Kingsway East Fire Station.

Alan Soutar took the scalp of world number 7 Jose de Sousa at Ally Pally

He now has high hopes for his return to the tour when it begins next month, with a top 32 spot not out of reach.

The PDC’s two-year rolling order of merit Β has put Soutar in a commanding position to achieve that aim.

All 50 players ranked higher than Soutar could lose money from their ranking card from events from 2020.

Players ‘defend’ their earnings from specific tournaments on a two-year basis but Soutar’s earnings in 2020 were zero.

He qualified as a pro in February 2021, via PDC Q-School.

That means Soots can only enhance the overall earnings used to determine his world ranking and he is likely to climb up the order of merit.

Alan Soutar: What does 2022 hold for Angus darts hero after epic Ally Pally debut?

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