Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen fell in the first round of the German Darts Masters on Friday. Van Barneveld was no match in Cologne against home player Gabriel Clemens (6-3), after which Van Gerwen gave a generous lead off Martin Schindler (6-5).
52-year-old Van Barneveld had received a starting ticket from the PDC for the tournament, which is part of the World Series of Darts. Van Gerwen was automatically placed as number one in the world.
Van Barneveld, the number 30 in the world, was 3-0 behind the number 56 of the Order of Merit. He fought back to 3-2, but after that the German made no mistake.
Van Gerwen initially had little to fear from Schindler later in the evening. He easily took a 5-1 lead, but completely relinquished the game. "Mighty Mike" got several chances to throw the game out, but failed. Schindler fought back and struck 5-5.
Van Gerwen complained to Schindler. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van Barneveld also present at the following tournaments
'Barney', who is in his final year as a professional darter and wants to say goodbye to the World Cup in December, was not present at the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas, the opening tournament of the World Series last week. Van Gerwen lost there in the quarterfinals. The victory was for the Englishman Nathan Aspinall.
Van Barneveld is also present at the next three tournaments. These are the Brisbane Darts Masters (August 9-10), Melbourne Darts Masters (August 16-17) and NZ Darts Masters in Hamilton (August 23-24).
The top eight of the World Series Order of Merit, sixteen invited players and four qualifiers will play the World Series Finals in November, which will be held for the first time this year in the AFAS Live in Amsterdam.