The Dutchman, who was knocked out of the Grand Slam of Darts by King earlier this month, gained his revenge by edging an exciting first round match in Minehead.
The reigning champion was eliminated from the Wolverhampton tournament despite winning two of his three group games, as his opponent went above him in the table by the margin of two legs.
Defending champion Raymond van Barneveld made it two wins out of two on his return to the Grand Slam of Darts when he defeated Tony O’Shea in a last leg shoot-out on Sunday afternoon.
‘Barney’ came out on top in an exciting encounter, which saw the Dutchman put himself in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages following Saturday’s win over Ricky Evans.
Reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion Raymond van Barneveld began his title defence with a convincing victory against World Youth finalist Ricky Evans.
The Dutch ace, who ended his five-year wait for an individual major title at last year’s tournament, got straight back to winning ways in Wolverhampton with a 5-2 success on Saturday.
Dutch legend van Barneveld, who defeated compatriot Michael van Gerwen to win last year’s Grand Slam, repeated that feat in the quarter-finals in Edinburgh last weekend before narrowly missing out on a place in the final. more