Raymond van Barneveld completes comeback by winning PDC tour card

Raymond Van Barneveld on the oche (PA Archive)
15:00pm, Wed 17 Feb 2021
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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has regained his Professional Darts Corporation tour card just 14 months after retiring.

The 53-year-old Dutchman, winner of 29 PDC titles, hung up his darts in December 2019 after losing to Darin Young in the first round of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Van Barneveld announced his plans to come out of retirement last September, having admitted that he missed the game, and attend Qualifying School in a bid to win back his place on the PDC circuit.

And he did just that on Wednesday, gaining enough ranking points at European Q School in Niedernhausen to finish in the qualification places and complete his comeback.

Van Barneveld is set to make his return on the PDC ProTour next week at the Super Series in Bolton, and will then compete in the UK Open in Milton Keynes next month – a tournament he won in 2006 and 2007.

The likes of Fallon Sherrock, Robert Thornton and Jamie Lewis missed out on securing tour cards.

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