Raymond van Barneveld
(born 20 April 1967 in The Hague
), nickname Barney
and The Man
, is a professional darts
player. He is a five time World Darts Champion, and two time UK Open Champion. From January to June 2008, he was the PDC world number one
ranked player. In total he has won 11 BDO Majors (4 World Championships, 2 World Masters, 3 World Darts Trophies and 2 International Darts league titles) as well as 4 PDC Premier Events (1 World Championship, 2 UK Opens, and 1 Las Vegas Desert Classic)
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 ever, and has a significant effect in putting the game of darts on the map in the Netherlands.
Van Barneveld's first World Championship appearance came in 1991 playing in the Embassy World Championship
at the Lakeside Country Club
, but his first round match ended in a 0-3 defeat to Australian Keith Sullivan.
He started to make some progress on the British Darts Organisation
circuit, 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 made it back to Lakeside in 1993, which would be the last time that a unified World Championship would be... Read More