Ross ‘The Boss’ Montgomery admits it’s a surreal feeling to secure his first-ever PDC Tour card.
The 59-year-old, who has loyally supported the BDO/WDF Tour down the years, made a surprise appearance at Q-School in Milton Keynes this week and produced an even bigger shock by landing playing privileges on the PDC for 2022.
Montgomery played some inspired darts on Friday to win the day three final at Q-School, beating Jamie Clark 6-2 in the final.
And he told Lanarkshire Live Sport: “When that last dart hit the board I was like: wow, I’ve just won a Tour card.
“It took a while to sink in. It was quite surreal.
“Then I started thinking about who I could be playing this year and I could be playing top players all the time now, so I really need to knuckle down and put the work in.
“I need to work practice harder than ever and mentally get ready for it.
“These guys play the game for a living, I don’t.
“But now I’m going to have to look at things and see what happens.
“There will be a lot of decisions to be made in the next week.
“I had a great day on the Sunday and picked up three points. Monday I got hammered. Tuesday I picked up another point and that was enough to get me to the final stage.
“It’s been a funny week. Some of my darts have been great, some have been awful.
“It surprised me when I got the card.
“But it wasn’t easy.
“It’s probably the hardest work I’ve had to do in darts, apart from representing my country, which is something else that’s changed for me.
“I love representing my country but it is what it is, I’ll just need to get on with it.”
Montgomery has played the sport at part-time level for almost two decades and won 18 titles.
Asked what made him finally decide to give Q-School a shot, The Boss added: “With the way things have been in the last year and the Covid restrictions, the PDC had things under control in that regard and I thought I’d give it a go.
“I thought let’s see how it goes and at least I can get playing darts while I wait for the WDF to start back.
“You can’t even get to the local pub to play a game and all I’d be able to do is stay in the house practising.
“So I thought I’m as well keeping the arm in, than sitting doing nothing.
“I’m glad I went for it.”