Raymond van Barneveld continued his incredible comeback by claiming his first PDC ranking title for eight years on Day Three…
Raymond van Barneveld continued his incredible comeback by claiming his first PDC ranking title for eight years on Day Three of the PDC Super Series.
The five-time World Champion, who regained his Tour Card at European Qualifying School last week after a year away from the circuit, returned to the winner’s circle at only the third attempt.
Dutch legend Van Barneveld rolled back the years to produce a vintage spell of form in Bolton, culminating in an 8-6 victory over Joe Cullen in the final.
The triumph is Barney’s first in a ranked PDC event since a Players Championship in Ireland in October 2013 and moves him within five places of a provisional qualification spot for July’s World Matchplay.
“I can’t express how happy I am,” said Van Barneveld. “Today it all went right, I had the focus I never had for the last two or three years.
“I was an amateur last week and one week later I’m winning a ProTour, that’s what you can do if you believe in yourself.
“I was so focused on winning that Tour Card, then I came here to the Super Series and I thought ‘wow, this is another level’ and I asked myself ‘can I do this again?’
“Yes, of course I can if I believe. It’s all about belief. I have to thank my management team who are making sure I practice every single day, which I’ve never done before in my life.
“When I came here I thought ‘this is my place, Bolton has been good to me.
“Joe played amazing in the final, he is a class player and I knew I had to take my chances.”
The 53-year-old had managed just one win in the opening two days of the PDC Super Series but doubled his tally with a steady 6-3 win over Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk in Round One on Saturday.
He then survived two missed match darts from Rob Cross before edging over the line 6-5 in Round Two with a 100.7 average, and went on to deny Mervyn King by the same scoreline.
Van Barneveld’s most prolific performance came in the Last 16 when he thrashed Darius Labanauskas 6-1 with a 105.7 average, with the Lithuanian having earlier knocked out Michael van Gerwen in the opening round.
Van Barneveld then landed a 170 checkout en route to a 6-2 victory over Scottish newcomer Alan Soutar in the Semi-Finals with a 98.6 average.
The final saw Cullen bidding to make it two titles in the space of three days, and the Yorkshireman began brightly by opening up a 2-0 lead.
Cullen maintained a two-leg cushion until 4-2 before missing three darts at double 16 to allow Van Barneveld to close the gap.
That would prove the start of a fatal trend for Cullen as he continued to squander opportunities on the outer ring, wiring tops for a 160 checkout before Barney stepped in to level.
Cullen did, however, take out 119 on the bullseye to move 5-4 ahead, but only for Van Barneveld to respond superbly with a 144 checkout in the following leg.
Van Barneveld then found double one after three missed darts from Cullen to go ahead for the first time in the match, but three misses from the Dutchman in leg 12 allowed ‘The Rockstar’ off the hook to make it six-all.
Van Barneveld hit back with an 80 checkout to move within a leg of victory, and after Cullen squandered a host of darts at doubles to force a decider, Barney held firm to seal a fairy-tale victory.
The win evoked memories of Barney’s UK Open triumph at the same venue back in 2006 – his first televised PDC title.
Elsewhere on Day Three, Mensur Suljovic landed the third nine-darter in as many days at the PDC Super Series, achieving perfection in Round One against Peter Hudson.
In-form Jonny Clayton followed up runs to the final on Thursday and Friday with a Quarter-Final appearance, where Danny Noppert ended the Masters champion’s hopes.
Super Series 1 concludes on Sunday with Players Championship 4 as 128 players return to compete for a further £75,000 in prize money.
PDC Super Series 2021 Event Three Results
Saturday February 27
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Ricky Evans 6-4 Martin Schindler
Peter Jacques 6-5 Geert Nentjes
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Jesus Noguera
Gordon Mathers 6-5 Geert De Vos
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Adam Gawlas
John Henderson 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Devon Petersen 6-1 Steffen Siepmann
Jeff Smith 6-4 Jason Heaver
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Derk Telnekes 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Boris Koltsov
Jack Main 6-5 Martin Atkins
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Brett Claydon
Gary Anderson 6-3 Ted Evetts
José de Sousa 6-4 William Borland
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Lorenzo Pronk
Ross Smith 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Max Hopp 6-2 David Evans
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Lisa Ashton
Keegan Brown 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Darren Webster
Luke Humphries 6-2 Lewis Williams
Eddie Lovely 6-5 Michael Smith
John Brown 6-2 Luc Peters
Ciaran Teehan 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Josh Payne 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Danny Noppert 6-2 Steve Brown
Harald Leitinger 6-4 Chris Dobey
Callan Rydz 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Danny Baggish 6-3 Mickey Mansell
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Steve Lennon 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Joe Murnan 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Justin Pipe 6-5 Adam Hunt
Rob Cross 6-0 Steve West
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Mervyn King 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Alan Soutar 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
William O’Connor 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Madars Razma 6-1 Gary Blades
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Mike De Decker
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Peter Hudson – *Suljovic hits a nine-darter*
James Wilson 6-2 John Michael
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Keane Barry 6-0 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Peter Wright 6-1 Jason Lowe
Steve Beaton 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Nick Kenny
Berry van Peer 6-1 Michael Unterbuchner
Damon Heta 6-4 Chas Barstow
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Glen Durrant 6-2 Jon Worsley
Jake Jones 6-2 Michael Rasztovits
James Wade 6-0 Daniel Larsson
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Ryan Murray
Ian White 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Alan Tabern 6-3 Scott Waites
Martin Thomas 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Ryan Searle 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Joe Cullen 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ricky Evans 6-3 Peter Jacques
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Daryl Gurney 6-3 John Henderson
Devon Petersen 6-1 Jeff Smith
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Derk Telnekes
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Jack Main
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Gary Anderson
José de Sousa 6-0 Kai Fan Leung
Max Hopp 6-4 Ross Smith
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Keegan Brown
Luke Humphries 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Eddie Lovely 6-5 John Brown
Ciaran Teehan 6-4 Josh Payne
Danny Noppert 6-0 Harald Leitinger
Callan Rydz 6-5 Danny Baggish
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Steve Lennon
Justin Pipe 6-5 Joe Murnan
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Rob Cross
Mervyn King 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Alan Soutar 6-5 William O’Connor
Madars Razma 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 James Wilson
Keane Barry 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 6-4 Steve Beaton
Berry van Peer 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Damon Heta
Glen Durrant 6-2 Jake Jones
James Wade 6-0 Luke Woodhouse
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ian White 6-1 Alan Tabern
Ryan Searle 6-2 Martin Thomas
Joe Cullen 6-4 Ricky Evans
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Gordon Mathers
Devon Petersen 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
José de Sousa 6-2 Max Hopp
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Luke Humphries
Eddie Lovely 6-3 Ciaran Teehan
Danny Noppert 6-5 Callan Rydz
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Justin Pipe
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Mervyn King
Alan Soutar 6-5 Madars Razma
Keane Barry 6-1 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-5 Berry van Peer
Glen Durrant 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Ian White 6-1 Ryan Searle
Joe Cullen 6-0 Daryl Gurney
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Devon Petersen
Jonny Clayton 6-3 José de Sousa
Danny Noppert 6-0 Eddie Lovely
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Alan Soutar 6-4 Keane Barry
Glen Durrant 6-4 Peter Wright
Ian White 6-3 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Danny Noppert 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Alan Soutar
Ian White 6-1 Glen Durrant
Joe Cullen 7-3 Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 Ian White
Raymond van Barneveld 8-6 Joe Cullen