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Raymond van Barneveld
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Personal information
Full name Raymond van Barneveld
Nickname Barney
Born (1967-04-20) 20 April 1967 (age 47)
The Hague, Netherlands
Home town The Hague
Netherlands
Darts information
Playing darts since 1984
Darts 25g Unicorn van Barneveld Phase 2A
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1987–2006
PDC 2006–
Current world ranking 15
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Winner: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005
World Masters Winner: 2001, 2005
World Darts Trophy Winner: 2003, 2004
Int. Darts League Winner: 2003, 2004, 2006
Zuiderduin Masters Winner: 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Winner: 2007
World Matchplay Runner up: 2010
World Grand Prix Runner up: 2008, 2009
Grand Slam Winner: 2012
Premier League Winner: 2014
Desert Classic Winner: 2007
European Ch'ship Semi-final: 2011
UK Open Winner: 2006, 2007
US Open/WSoD Runner up: 2007
Players Ch'ship Finals Quarter final: 2009, 2013
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Belgium Open
Brandstaff Masters
British Open
Canadian Open
Denmark Open
Dutch Open
Finnish Open
Holland National Championships
Masters of Darts
Northern Ireland Open
Norway Open
Open Holland Masters
Pacific Masters
Spring Cup

Swedish Open
Swiss Open
Untouchables
WDF Europe Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Pairs
World Cup of Darts
World Darts Challenge
World Pairs

European Tour Events
European Darts Open

Players Championships
Players Ch'ship (DER)
Players Ch'ship (GER)
Players Ch'ship (GIB)
Players Ch'ship (HAY)
Players Ch'ship (IRE)
Players Ch'ship (LAV)
Players Ch'ship (WAL)

UK Open Regionals
Regional Final (IRE)
Regional Final (MID)
Regional Final (NEE)
Regional Final (SCO)
UK Open Qualifier
1996, 1999
1999
1999
1998
1997
2001, 2004, 2006
1995, 2004
2004

2007
2004
1997
2008
2005
1991, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001
1998, 2002, 2003
2000
2010
2000, 2004
2005
2010, 2014
2007
1997


2012


2011
2007
2007
2006
2013
2007
2007


2006, 2007
2006
2007
2006
2012, 2012
Other achievements

1997, 1998 Haagse Sportprijs
1998 BDO Personality Award
1998, 1999 Haaglanden Sportprijs
1999 Major citizen of The Hague
1999 Named in the Order of Orange-Nassau
2002 Nine dart finish European Darts Ch'ships Mechelen
2003 Nine dart finish Swiss Open
2003 I.D.P.A. Leighton Rees Men's Player of the Year Award
2004 Haagse Publieksprijs
2006 Nine dart finish Premier League of Darts
2006 Best Newcomer, PDC Awards
2006 Fans' Player of the Year, PDC Awards
2007 Nine dart finish in the German Darts Championship
2008 Became PDC World number 1
2008 Best Floor Player, PDC Awards
2009 First ever nine dart finish in the PDC World Championship
2009 Nine dart finish, UK Open Regional (WM)
2010 Nine dart finish in the PDC World Championship
2010 Nine dart finish in the PDC Premier League Darts
2010 Nine dart finish in the PDC World Matchplay
2012 Sets his highest ever televised average of 112.28 whilst playing in the Premier League[1]

2012 Sets a new highest televised average with 113.04 at the European Championship.[2]
Updated on 22 September 2012.

Raymond van Barneveld (born 20 April 1967) is a Dutch professional darts player, currently playing in the Professional Darts Corporation. Nicknamed Barney, he is a five-time World Darts Champion (four-time BDO World Champion and one-time PDC World Champion), current Premier League Darts champion, a two-time UK Open Champion and a former winner of the Las Vegas Desert Classic and the Grand Slam of Darts. He has also won the World Masters and the World Darts Trophy twice, as well as the International Darts League three times.

From January to June 2008, he was the world's number one ranked player. His victory in the 2007 PDC final, added to his four previous BDO Championships brought him level with Eric Bristow as a five-time world champion; he is one of only three players in darts history to achieve this. He is the most successful Dutch darts player to date, and has had a significant effect in raising the popularity of darts in the Netherlands. He is naturally left-handed but throws his darts right-handed.

BDO career[edit]

van Barneveld began participating in competitive events around the Netherlands since 1984 when he was 17 years old. During that year he won his first tournament, which was the Rotterdam Open. From there onwards, van Barneveld was considered among his compatriots as a future potential. In the following years he joined the international darts circuit, achieving further success, finishing runner-up in the 1987 Belgian Open and reaching the semi-finals in the 1988 Dutch Open. In September 1990 he participated in the WDF Europe Cup singles where he lost in the quarter finals to future rival Phil Taylor.

van Barneveld's World Championship debut was at the 1991 Embassy World Championship at the Lakeside Country Club. His debut at the World Championship however was short-lived as he was comfortably beaten 0-3 by Keith Sullivan of Australia.

He started to make some progress on the British Darts Organisation circuit in the early 1990s, reaching the quarter-finals of the Belgian Open in September 1990 and the German Open in March 1991. His first semi-final came at the Swiss Open in June 1991.

He failed to qualify for the World Championship in 1992, but returned to Lakeside in 1993, which would be the last time that a unified World Championship would be staged. van Barneveld served notice of his potential when he hit a 170 checkout to go 2 sets to 1 in front against John Lowe during their second round match, but Lowe eventually won the match 3-2. Lowe went on to win the 1993 World Championship. Shortly after the 1993 World Final, the top players in the World Darts Council (WDC, now the PDC) were suspended and later banned from BDO tournaments.

van Barneveld continued to make progress in the BDO Open events in 1994 after the split. Despite failing to qualify for the 1994 BDO World Championship, he reached the quarter-finals of both Dutch Open and Berlin Open, the semi-final at the Belgium Open and his first and only final in a major in 1994, at the Finnish Open where he lost to Andy Fordham.

He continued his good run of form into the 1995 World Championship by beating Les Wallace, Dave Askew, Colin Monk and Martin Adams to reach his first World Final. van Barneveld's remarkable run to the final would eventually however come to an end as he was defeated 3-6 to Welshman Richie Burnett.

After second round exits in 1996 and 1997 Championships, van Barneveld claimed his first world title in the 1998 World Championship in a World Final grudge match meeting against Richie Burnett . This time it was van Barneveld who was the victor, edging Burnett 6-5 in an epic contest which is often considered to be one of the greatest finals of all time having reached 5-5 in sets van Barneveld finally took the title by winning the final set 4-2 in legs on double 8.

He successfully defended the trophy the year later by the same winning margin as the previous year, this time against Ronnie Baxter. This made him only the second player in the tournament's history to have launched a successful defence of his title; the other being Eric Bristow. Martin Adams would later also achieve this feat. In November 1999, van Barneveld, the then 2-time reigning Lakeside World Champion, took on Phil Taylor, the then 7-time World Champion and reigning PDC world champion, at the Wembley Conference Centre. It was a legs match with a 60 minute clock ticking down to zero, with a short break at around the half-way stage. van Barneveld lost the match 10-21.

van Barneveld exited in the first round of the World Championships in 2000, crashing out to Chris Mason, who averaged 100 and ended Van Barneveld's hopes of a hat-trick of titles, as well as avenging a semi final loss from the previous year.

Van Barneveld lost in the quarter-finals in 2001 (4-5 to Ted Hankey) and 2002 (3-5 to Mervyn King) before returning to the final in 2003. He clinched his third world title by beating Ritchie Davies of Wales 6-3.

Van Barneveld's 2004 campaign ended in the semi-finals, when Andy Fordham recovered from being 0-3 and 2-4 behind, to beat Van Barneveld 5-4 in another memorable match.

A fourth title followed in 2005. He never dropped a set in the first three rounds as he beat Gary Anderson, Mike Veitch and Vincent van der Voort. A 5-3 semi-final win over Darryl Fitton and 6-2 triumph over Martin Adams of England in the final brought him that fourth title.

Van Barneveld reached his sixth final in 2006, and was aiming to equal Bristow's record of five BDO world titles. On this occasion however, his hopes were ended by 21 year-old fellow countryman Jelle Klaasen who prevailed 7-5.

He has also won the prestigious Winmau World Masters title twice: once in 2001 when he recorded a win in the final over Jarkko Komula of Finland and again in 2005 when he beat Goran Klemme in the final. Other major darts tournaments that he has won at least twice include The World Darts Trophy and The International Darts League.

PDC career[edit]

Van Barneveld in 2006

After playing in the BDO for twenty years, winning four World Championships, Van Barneveld announced his move from the BDO to the PDC on 15 February 2006. He cited his reasons as wanting a greater challenge, and regularly playing against players like Phil Taylor.[3] He had an incredible first year in the PDC, having started from scratch in the rankings. Within twelve months he had reached World number two and became World Champion.

His PDC debut came in the 2006 Premier League competition. He won his first match convincingly 8-1 against Baxter. On March 23, he hit his first televised nine dart finish and faced Taylor later in the same night, fighting back for a 7-7 draw. The re-match came on Van Barneveld's 39th birthday, but this time Taylor won the deciding leg for an 8-6 victory. Van Barneveld suffered a surprise 11-3 semi-final defeat in the Premier League to fellow Dutchman Roland Scholten.

Van Barneveld then started a very successful run with a 13-5 final victory over Colin Lloyd in the final of the International Darts League for his 11th BDO Grand Slam tournament. He won his first major PDC title in June by beating Barrie Bates in the final of the UK Open at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton. Earlier in the day, he beat Taylor in the quarter-finals, accomplishing one of his dreams which he announced after switching to the PDC. Van Barneveld beat Taylor again just weeks later in the semi-finals of the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic. He lost 6-3 to Canadian John Part in the final the following day.

Soon after this Van Barneveld made alterations to his game, he changed darts and began using the "stacking" technique used by Taylor. The darts used were a gram lighter than his old ones and cost the equivalent of £1 from a local store in Holland.

After losing in the first round of the 2006 Bavaria World Trophy to fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, Van Barneveld acknowledged that he needed to work on his finishing throws. Although he played well in the Sky Bet World Grand Prix, he lost to Phil Taylor in the second round.

Taylor and Van Barneveld met again in the 2007 PDC World Championship final, in a match which Taylor later described as the best final he had been involved in. From three sets down, Van Barneveld came back to beat Taylor 7-6 in the sudden death leg in one of the greatest darts matches of all time to match Bristow's record of five world titles.[4] In February 2007, Van Barneveld won the 2007 Masters of Darts tournament by beating Peter Manley 7-0 in sets in the final with a 107 three dart average. His success has also continued away from the cameras.

In the 2007 Premier League Darts, he never fared as well as he did in 2006, losing to Taylor twice, Dennis Priestley and Lloyd in the group section. He did however manage to finish second but lost an exciting but error filled encounter 10-11 to Terry Jenkins in the semi-final.

Van Barneveld made amends for his disappointing Premier League campaign however by inflicting one of Taylor's heaviest defeats (11-4) in the quarter-final of the 2007 UK Open and went on to successfully defend his title beating Lloyd 11-4 in the semi-final and Van der Voort in the final 16-8. In doing this, Van Barneveld became the first person to successfully defend the UK Open crown. A month later, he continued his surge of major titles by beating Jenkins 13 legs to 6 in the final of the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic. Van Barneveld's dream of winning the five major PDC tournament titles in 2007- the World Championship, UK Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic, World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix ended when he was defeated by Adrian Lewis 16 legs to 14 in the quarter finals of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

His haul of titles in the PDC has continued to grow since his switch. In addition to his four major titles (the World Championship, two UK Open Championships and the Vegas Desert Classic) - he has added eleven non-televised PDC Pro Tour titles (five UK Open Regionals and six Players Championships).

2008 proved to be Van Barneveld's most barren year thus far in the PDC in terms of success, with him not winning a major tournament. His defence of the World Championship crown was seriously thwarted by a bout of flu. He managed to win his first two matches quite comfortably, although nearly had to retire during his 2nd round match due to breathing problems. He was defeated by Kevin Painter in the 3rd round by 4 sets to 2. Following his disappointment, he reached the semi-finals of the 2008 Premier League Darts, but was defeated for the third consecutive year at this stage of the tournament, defeated by James Wade. He was also knocked out of the early stages of the US Open, the Las Vegas Desert Classic by Alan Tabern and in the semi-finals of the UK Open by Gary Mawson, after having defeated rival Taylor by 10 legs to 9 a round earlier. He was also defeated in the quarter finals of the World Matchplay by Wayne Mardle. However, he did regain some form in the World Grand Prix reaching the final of the tournament, before being defeated by Taylor by 6 sets to 2. He also suffered a quarter-final embarrassment at the hands of Lewis in the quarter-finals of the inaugural European Darts Championship in November losing by 9 legs to 2.

Van Barneveld threw another televised nine dart finish in the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship in his quarter-final match against fellow Dutchman Klaasen on 2 January 2009. Van Barneveld hit two maximum 180s before nailing treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to complete his nine-darter in the second leg of the sixth set.[5] The feat earned Van Barneveld £20,000 – the bonus had not been won since Taylor's nine-darter at the UK Open against Jamie Harvey – as he became the first player to throw a perfect leg in the PDC World Championship. Van Barneveld went on to win the match 5-1, with a three-dart 161 finish, and then won his semi-final against Wade. However, he suffered a heavy 7-1 defeat by Taylor in the final. As a result of his failure to defend the £100,000 he won at the 2007 World Championship (his runner-up position earned him £60,000) he dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the PDC Order of Merit.

Van Barneveld threw his fourth nine dart finish in the Blue Square UK Open West Midlands Regional on 29 March 2009 in the third round against Kirk Shepherd. Barney only earned £400 for this as Mervyn King snapped up the £4,000 bonus on 28 March 2009 at the Coventry Players Championship with a nine dart finish.

In the 2009 Las Vegas Desert Classic, Barney returned to form, losing narrowly to Phil Taylor 13-11 in the final. After the game, Barney took the microphone from Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark, and gave a speech about Phil Taylor.

After his quarter final World Matchplay defeat by Terry Jenkins, Van Barneveld took another sabbatical from darts. He declined entries for the Championship of Darts and the South African Masters. There was speculation Van Barneveld was considering retiring from the sport, however he stated after his first round win in the 2009 World Grand Prix over Alan Tabern that he was suffering from diabetes and his absence was in order to get fit and healthy and going to the gym. He also attributed the diabetes towards his form in major tournaments.

On 28 December 2009, he hit another nine-darter in the second round of the PDC World Championship against Brendan Dolan, becoming the first player to hit two nine-dart finishes in the PDC World Championship.[6] He went on to reach the semi finals before losing 6-5 to Simon Whitlock. He also lost the third-place play-off 10-8 in legs to Mark Webster.

On 29 April 2010, Van Barneveld hit another nine-darter against Terry Jenkins at the 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts in Aberdeen.[7] This came during a poor Premier League campaign in which he only finished in sixth place. During the Premier League, Barney said that he was suffering from personal problems back home, and claimed that he and his family were being blackmailed. He failed to qualify for the 2010 UK Open, having only entered one of the eight qualifying events (only players who enter three or more events are eligible to qualify).

His next nine-darter came in the first round of the 2010 World Matchplay in Blackpool, against Denis Ovens on 17 July 2010. He went on to reach his first ever World Matchplay final, where he lost 18-12 to Phil Taylor.

2011 season[edit]

At the 2011 World Championship he lost in the quarter-finals to an in form Gary Anderson.

The 2011 Premier league of darts saw a slight return of form after he hit 4 100+ finishes and defeated Simon Whitlock 8-3 with a 100.15 average. He went on to win his next match against Adrian Lewis 8-6, before losing to Phil Taylor in their much anticipated match, 3-8. In week 6 he defeated Mark Webster 8-4 with a high average of 100.98 and also hit a 161 checkout.He went on to defeat Gary Anderson 8-5 in week 7 with an average of 101.44

On the day of his first round match in the 2011 World Matchplay darts Barney received a shock when he lost his darts. He contacted his sponsors with a S.O.S which meant they had to contact the closest supplier to deliver a new set for him. He received the set with no problems and used them to defeat Steve Brown 10-3 averaging 95.56.

The 2011 UK Open saw Barneveld progress to the fifth round of the competition where he was defeated by an on form Wes Newton who was eventual runner up 9-1[8]

2012 season[edit]

Van Barneveld was the victim of one of the biggest upsets in PDC World Championship history in 2012. He lost 0–3 in the first round to world number 85, James Richardson, winning just 4 legs during the match.[9] He teamed up with Vincent van der Voort for the 2012 PDC World Cup of Darts to try to defend the title Van Barneveld won with Co Stompé in 2010. Together they enjoyed comfortable victories over Austria and Northern Ireland to set up a semi-final clash with the Australian pair of Paul Nicholson and Simon Whitlock. Van Barneveld beat Nicholson 4–0 in their singles match, but this was the only point the Dutch won as they relinquished their crown in a 1–5 defeat.[10]

Van Barneveld was a Sky Sports pick for the Premier League.[11] During the tournament he produced his then highest ever televised average of 112.28 whilst defeating Kevin Painter 8–6.[1] He went into the final round of matches knowing a win over James Wade would secure him a place in the play-offs, but could only manage to draw the match 7–7 to finish 5th in the table, out of the play-off places on leg difference.[12]

Van Barneveld won the UK Open Qualifier 5 by beating Andy Smith 6–3 in the final, after earlier overcoming the likes of Simon Whitlock and Terry Jenkins. He also hit a nine-dart finish in his third round match against Michael Barnard.[13] He completed a weekend double by winning Event 6 a day later after defeating Ian White 6–2 in the final.[14] In the UK Open itself, he beat Jelle Klaasen and Andy Hamilton to reach the last 16.[15] In this match he played Peter Wright and looked to be exiting the tournament as Van Barneveld trailed 6–8, with his opponent on a 138 finish to win the match. Wright hit treble 20, single 18 and required a single 20 to leave double tops when he returned. However, he incredibly hit another treble 20 to bust his score and Van Barneveld went on to take a 9–8 victory.[16] He played Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals and never recovered from a poor start in which he lost the opening five legs and succumbed 5–10.[17] However, Van Barneveld gained revenge over Chisnall in the final of the European Tour Event 3 in Düsseldorf, by defeating him 6–4 and claimed his first European Tour title.[18]

At the World Matchplay Van Barneveld lost to Terry Jenkins 10–13 in the last 16.[19] In September, he broke his highest ever televised average for the second time this year by averaging 113.04 in a 6–1 win against Jenkins at the European Championship.[2] He went on to the quarter-finals, where he lost 8–10 to Kim Huybrechts.[20]

In November 2012, Van Barneveld won his first major tournament in over five years at the non-ranking Grand Slam of Darts. He beat Mark Walsh 5–0 in his first group match, before losing 4–5 to BDO World Champion Christian Kist in his second. However, a 5–2 win over Wayne Jones from 0–2 down was enough to see him qualify for the knockout stage, where he defeated fellow Dutchman Wesley Harms 10–4 in the last 16, avenged his earlier loss to Kist in the quarter-finals by winning 16–10, and beat Andy Hamilton 16–10 in the semi-finals to set up an all-Dutch clash with Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen.[21] Van Barneveld was never behind in the final and although he missed three chances to win 16–13, he sealed the title in the following leg with an 11-darter against the throw.[22] His win was later named the best PDC Televised Performance of the Year.[23]

After all 33 ProTour events of 2012 had been played, Van Barneveld finished fourth on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Players Championship Finals where he lost 5–6 to Steve Beaton in the first round.[24][25]

2013 season[edit]

Van Barneveld began the 2013 World Championship by throwing the sixth highest average in the history of the tournament in his first round 3–0 defeat of Michael Smith. In a match that lasted only 18 minutes he averaged 108.31 as he never looked in danger of exiting the tournament at the first hurdle for the second successive year.[26] He beat Brendan Dolan 4–1, Gary Anderson 4–0 and Simon Whitlock 5–1 to reach the semi-finals where he faced Phil Taylor.[27] Before the match Van Barneveld commented that he wasn't scared of Taylor and wanted to face him rather than Taylor's quarter-final opponent Andy Hamilton.[28] Van Barneveld was 1–5 down in the match and almost staged a superb fightback as he won three successive sets to trail only 4–5. However, Taylor won the next set by three legs to one to take the match.[29] The pair were involved in an angry confrontation after the match. Taylor reacted angrily when Van Barneveld pulled him back after their handshake, with both men being escorted away separately by security staff.[30] Van Barneveld stated later that he was only trying to congratulate Taylor in a sportsmanlike way and give him a hug. Taylor apologised for his behaviour a day later.[31]

In his third World Cup of Darts and first with Michael van Gerwen, the Dutch pair suffered a shock in the last 16 when they were beaten 3–5 by the Finnish duo of Jani Haavisto and Jarkko Komula.[32] Van Barneveld was never out of the top four in the Premier League during all 14 weeks of the league phase.[33] He won 10 out of his 16 games to finish second in the table which set up a semi-final meeting with Taylor against whom he had lost 3–7 and drawn with 6–6 in their two league clashes.[33] From level at 3–3 in the semi-final, Taylor stormed away to win 8–4 to deny Van Barneveld his first Premier League final.[34] Van Barneveld reached the final of the non-ranking Dubai Masters thanks to 10–6 and 11–5 wins over Adrian Lewis and James Wade.[35] He faced Van Gerwen and was beaten 7–11.[36] Van Barneveld defeated defending champion Robert Thornton in the last 16 of the 2013 UK Open and survived one match dart from Ronnie Baxter in the quarter-finals to win 10–9.[37] His semi-final against Andy Hamilton went into a last leg decider, with Van Barneveld missing a total of six darts for the match to lose 9–10.[38] He lost in the second round of the European Championship and World Matchplay to Thornton and Justin Pipe respectively.[39][40] Van Barneveld put his bad form behind him in October by securing his first ranking title of 2013 at the tenth Players Championship of the year with a 6–3 defeat of Peter Wright in the final.[41] However, less than a week later in the second round of the World Grand Prix he was beaten 3–0 by Michael van Gerwen in 21 minutes.[42] In the defence of his Grand Slam of Darts title he beat Ricky Evans and Tony O'Shea, but lost his final group game against Mervyn King to be knocked out of the competition on leg difference.[43]

2014 season[edit]

Van Barneveld took a 3–2 lead in sets over Mark Webster in the third round of the 2014 World Championship, but from there on could not win another leg as he exited the tournament losing 4–3.[44] He had a poor run of form in the UK Open Qualifiers to be placed 66th on the Order of Merit meaning he entered the tournament in the first round stage.[45] Van Barneveld enjoyed four comfortable victories to reach the fifth round where he was comprehensively beaten 9–2 by Adrian Lewis.[46] He produced some of his most consistent darts in years during the Premier League as he remained unbeaten for 12 matches during the season to finish second in the table.[47] In the semi-finals he secured his first ever win over Phil Taylor in the tournament after 21 attempts, having fought back from 4–1 down to triumph 8–5. It was the first time he had advanced beyond the semi-finals of the event, after losing at this stage in six previous years.[48] Van Barneveld then won four successive legs from 5–5 in the final against Michael van Gerwen and went on to win the title 10–6.[49] His finishing proved to be the difference between him and the rest of the nine players as throughout the 18 matches his checkout percentage was 50.22, seven percent higher than Simon Whitlock in second place.[50] Afterwards, Van Barneveld revealed he had received therapy for depression in January due to the monotony of travelling and playing in events every week.[48]

At the World Cup of Darts, Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen produced a sensational 117.88 average in their doubles decider against Northern Ireland to whitewash them 4–0 and meet England's Taylor and Lewis in the final. Van Gerwen defeated Taylor 4–0 and Van Barneveld recorded the same scoreline against Lewis. Van Gerwen went into his singles match versus Lewis knowing a win would earn the Dutch pair the title and he did so with a 4–2 success.[51]

Barney Army[edit]

Van Barneveld now gets chants of 'Barney Army', which is a play on the supporters of the England cricket team's nickname 'Barmy Army' as a result of the Dutchman's extreme popularity since he joined the PDC in early 2006. Van Barneveld has a close relationship with his fans, shown regularly at the end of Premier League events when his fans will all chant "Barney, give us a wave" and he always responds with a wave and a smile. He has regularly praised the fans of the Premier League. While he does get a good reception at most venues, his loudest and most positive is usually on the Scottish legs of the Premier League where the three most popular English players - Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis and James Wade - aren't so popular.

Outside of darts[edit]

In 2012, Van Barneveld, together with the seven other players who competed in the 2012 Premier League Darts recorded a charity single with Chas Hodges and his band called 'Got My Tickets For The Darts' which was written by Chas. It was released exclusively on iTunes on 18 May, the night after the play-offs at the O2 in London, where it was premiered. Proceeds from the single will be donated to the Haven House Children's Hospice.[52]

Personal life[edit]

Raymond lives in The Hague and is married in 1995 to Sylvia. They have three children: a son, Mike (born 1999) and daughters Daisy (born 1992) and Penny (born 1994). In the 2013 Documentary 'The Power of Darts' Raymond confirmed that he is suffering with diabetes and it is affecting his vision.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Best PDC Pro Tour Player/Floor Player: 2008
  • PDC Nine Dart Club: *2008, *2009, *2010, -2010, *2011(x2), -2012, -2013 *Gold Pin Badge(Televised)/-Silver Pin Badge(Non-Televised)
  • PDC Televised Performance of the Year: 2013
  • PDC Best Newcomer: 2006
  • BDO Personality Award: 1998
  • Knights of the Order of Orange-Nassau: 1999

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

In January 2009, in the quarter-finals of the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship, van Barneveld became the first player in professional darts to hit a nine darter at the PDC World Darts Championship.

Raymond van Barneveld's televised nine-dart finishes
Date Opponent Tournament Method
23 March 2006 Peter Manley 2006 Premier League Darts 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12
2 January 2009 Jelle Klaasen 2009 PDC World Darts Championship 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12
28 December 2009 Brendan Dolan 2010 PDC World Darts Championship 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12
29 April 2010 Terry Jenkins 2010 Premier League Darts 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12
17 July 2010 Denis Ovens 2010 World Matchplay 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12

World Championship Results[edit]

Majors[edit]

World Championship[edit]

Winner (5)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1998 BDO World Darts Championship Wales Richie Burnett 6–5
1999 BDO World Darts Championship England Ronnie Baxter 6–5
2003 BDO World Darts Championship Wales Ritchie Davies 6–3
2005 BDO World Darts Championship England Martin Adams 6–2
2007 PDC World Darts Championship England Phil Taylor 7–6

World Masters[edit]

Winner (2)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
2001 Winmau World Masters Finland Jarkko Komula 4–2
2005 Winmau World Masters Sweden Göran Klemme 7–3

PDC premier event finals: 13 (6 titles, 7 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (1–1)
World Matchplay (0–1)
World Grand Prix (0–2)
Grand Slam (1–0)
Premier League (1–0)
Other (3–3)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[citation needed]
Runner-up 1. 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic Canada Part, JohnJohn Part 3–6 (s)
Winner 1. 2006 UK Open Wales Bates, BarrieBarrie Bates 13–7 (l)
Winner 2. 2007 World Darts Championship England Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor 7–6 (s)
Winner 3. 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic England Jenkins, TerryTerry Jenkins 13–6 (l)
Winner 4. 2007 UK Open (2) Netherlands van der Voort, VincentVincent van der Voort 16–8 (l)
Runner-up 2. 2007 US Open England Phil Taylor 1–4 (s)
Runner-up 3. 2008 World Grand Prix England Phil Taylor 2–6 (s)
Runner-up 4. 2009 World Darts Championship England Phil Taylor 1–7 (s)
Runner-up 5. 2009 World Grand Prix England Phil Taylor 3–6 (s)
Runner-up 6. 2009 Las Vegas Desert Classic England Phil Taylor 11–13 (l)
Runner-up 7. 2010 World Matchplay England Phil Taylor 12–18 (l)
Winner 5. 2012 Grand Slam of Darts Netherlands van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen 16–14 (l)
Winner 6. 2014 Premier League Darts Netherlands van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen 10–6 (l)

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
BDO World Championship DNP 1R DNP 2R DNP RU 2R 2R W W 1R QF QF W SF W RU No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters QF Did not participate 2R SF 2R DNP 4R 1R W 3R RU 5R W No longer a BDO Member
World Darts Trophy Not held SF W W 2R 1R 1R Not held
International Darts League Not held W W 2R W QF Not held
WDF World Cup Singles No info at DartsWDF.com W NH W NH 4R NH W NH 4R NH No longer a BDO Member
WDF Europe Cup Singles QF NH 1R No info at DartsWDF.com QF NH 2R NH 3R NH W NH No longer a BDO Member
PDC World Championship Not PDC member W 3R RU SF QF 1R SF 3R
PDC World Cup of Darts Not PDC member Not held W Not held SF 2R W
Premier League Darts Not PDC member SF SF SF SF RR SF RR SF W
UK Open Not PDC member W W SF 5R DNP 5R QF SF 5R
World Matchplay Not held Not PDC member DNP QF QF QF RU QF 2R 2R 2R
European Championship Not held QF 2R QF SF QF 2R
World Grand Prix Not held Not PDC member 2R SF RU RU SF 2R 1R 2R
Grand Slam of Darts Not held 2R QF SF 2R RR W RR
Players Championship Finals Not held QF DNP 2R 1R QF
German Darts Championship Not held QF 5R SF Not held QF 1R
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held Not PDC member RU W 2R RU Not held
US Open Not held RU 4R Did not play Not held
The Masters Not held SF
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play in the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

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Preceded by
Les Wallace
BDO World Champion
1998-1999
Succeeded by
Ted Hankey
Preceded by
Tony David
BDO World Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Andy Fordham
Preceded by
Andy Fordham
BDO World Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Jelle Klaasen
Preceded by
Phil Taylor
PDC World Champion
2007
Succeeded by
John Part