Raymond van Barneveld was disabled during the first day of the European Q-School. After winning his first three games, the fourth game went wrong.
Pero Ljubic was the first opponent of Van Barneveld to offer some counterweight. The Croat forced a decisive lay. After Van Barneveld missed two matchdarts, Ljubic did strike, winning 6-5.
Until then, Van Barneveld had had a simple tournament. The first victim of the day was Bosnian Adis Ljubijankic, who was sent home with 6-1. Van Barneveld then finished with Leo Hendriks via a 6-1 victory. He threw in those batches 83.9 and 91,1 on average.
With that he had clearly saved the best for his third game. In this pot he defeated the Dutchman Gillian Cowhorn by 6-0, thanks to an average of 100.2.
Because Van Barneveld returns from his dart pension he has to start at the very bottom of the ladder. Via Q-School, Van Barneveld hopes to conquer a Tour Card, with which he can participate in various major tournaments and try to compete for the World Cup. Because of the defeat, Van Barneveld is not immediately without a chance, there are even more opportunities to come in the next few days, in which he can force a place in the final round.
By the way, the preparation for the tournament was far from flawless. Van Barneveld was startled on Sunday afternoon because the façade of his house had collapsed.