Following a disappointing World Championship, Barney now finds himself outside the automatic selection for the big majors of 2019. Raymond currently lies at the bottom of the 2019 Premier League table and with only a few rounds to go before Judgement Night, Raymond could find he is relegated out of the remaining weeks.
Raymond announced his retirement at the end of the 2019 World Championship and was lucky enough to be given a Sky Wild Card to compete in the Premier League. The League is all about entertainment and will give fans the opportunity to see Raymond in a competitive competition, possibly for the last time. On his day Raymond is capable of beating any player on the planet and having won the World Darts Championship five times he is one of the all-time greats of our sport. Fans, of course, will still back the great man and may profit from a small stack on bet-wv.com where they can find the best odds across a range of sports. Barney isn’t a player to be underestimated, he still has the determination to win and hates to lose.
Round eight and nine, known as Judgement Night of the Premier league will come from Rotterdam in the Netherlands so Barney will have a home crowd advantage. In round eight Barney will play Daryl Gurney and the following night, the clash of the Dutch Raymond will play the tournament favourite and defending champion Michael van Gerwen. Should Barney languish at the bottom of the league table at this point, this could be the last time we see Barney in a competitive tournament on TV.
Raymond is now outside the top 32 in the PDC order of merit meaning he will have to attend some of the qualifying rounds to make it into this year’s tournaments like the World Matchplay. However, he may be offered a few World Series Events to play in seeing this is his last year as a professional dart player.
From a Dutch perspective, Michael van Gerwen has taken over the mantle as the Dutch no. 1 and current World no.1. Michael’s next goal will be to equal and then better Raymond’s haul of five World Championship titles.
Barney was a late mover to the PDC and when he did, he came with his own agenda, to hit a televised 9 dart finish, and win the PDC World Darts title ultimately against the best player of all time, Phil Taylor. He achieved both within a couple of years.
The ‘Barney Army’ of fans would love to see their man win one more title before he hangs up his arrows, however, he has only a few chances left to achieve this goal. Whatever happens, Barney will go down in history as one of the darting greats and only one of the few that have won both the BDO and PDC World Dart Titles.
World Championship (BDO), 1998, 1999, 2003 & 2005
Premier League, 2014
World Masters, 2001 & 2005
World Darts Trophy, 2003 &2004
International Darts League, 2003, 2004 & 2006
Desert Classic, 2007
UK Open, 2006 & 2007
World Cup, 2010 & 2014
Grand Slam, 2012