Raymond van Barneveld has his Tourcard of dartsbond PDC in his pocket. On Wednesday the last day of the final round of the so-called Qualifying School, the five-time World Champion grabbed the coveted start certificate.
After three victories in Niedernhausen, Germany, Van Barneveld is in the fourth round of the last day and that is already enough to take part in the prestigious tournaments of the PDC.
Van Barneveld announced his farewell in 2019. He struggled with himself and with his personal situation. Barney hoped for a big farewell at the World Cup in London, but it became a disappointment.
In early 2020, he finished his dart career at a party night in AFAS Live, in front of old rivals such as Phil Taylor and Bobby George. More than half a year later, Van Barneveld announced his return from his dart pension.
Dartsicoon Taylor, who stopped at the highest level, was one of the first people to congratulate ‘Barney’ on the successful outcome in Germany. “Congratulations to my former sparring partner,” said ‘The Power on Twitter. “You’ve shown guts to show yourself at the Q School. Well done friend and good luck at your return on the PDC Tour. Brilliant.”
Niels Zonneveld also assured himself of a tour card from dartsbond PDC on Wednesday. On Monday Geert Nentjes already conquered a starting ticket.