THROWBACK VIDEO: Van Barneveld becomes World Champion for the first time 23 years ago today
With no BDO World Darts Championship this year due to the demise of the organisation, DartsNews has been taking a look at some of the best matches and moments in the history of the tournament with Raymond van Barneveld next to have the spotlight.
23 years ago today to be exact was when Van Barneveld became World Champion for the first time which was a major moment for Dutch darts.
He defeated Richie Burnett 6-5 in the final and followed it up with victory in 1999 both by those narrow scorelines. This came after he lost to Richie Burnett back in 1995's final.
The doyen of Dutch darts started the darting revolution over in the Netherlands and he begins this year with a quest of his own to claim his Tour Card but this will always live on as his first World Championship glory.