Raymond van Barneveld has had a disappointing return to a television tournament.

The five-time world champion immediately lost his first match to Alan Soutar (3-6) at the UK Open in Milton Keynes.

Van Barneveld was actually the whole party behind the facts.

Partly thanks to a 152 finish, he came back from a 1-3 deficit, but he had to leave the following three legs to his opponent.

With 87.5 points per three arrows, he did not reach a good level.

The loss against Soutar should not be called an embarrassment.

The Scot took a Tour card from the PDC last month, just like Van Barneveld, but he impressed last week at the first four Players Championships with victories against Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall and Dave Chisnall.

Van Barneveld then had an excellent return as a professional darts player.

He won in part by a 6-2 win at Soutar Players Championship 3 and thus captured his first individual title with the PDC since 2014. At the UK Open, which he won in 2006 and 2007, he did not know that line. to pull.

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