Raymond van Barneveld fell just short of winning his first Masters title.
The now two-time runner-up lost 11-8 to Michael van Gerwen in the final. The Dutchman overcame Dave Chisnall, Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic to reach the final in Milton Keynes. He twice held three-leg leads over van Gerwen, but succumbed to his younger compatriot’s superior scoring. A 100 average was still a decent return at the end of a positive weekend for Barney.
“I’m really happy to reach the final. It’s good to be in the final, and that has given me confidence,” the five-time world champion said.
“I had a hard game against Dave on Friday and today was a really long day for me. I played really well against Peter Wright but against Mensur I never felt great, and the final was alright.”
Van Barneveld had plenty of kind words to say about his opponent, and World Cup of Darts partner.
“I played a good game in the final but I had too many scores of 100 instead of 140s, and Michael was awesome tonight. He was firing some top class darts at the end – his 124 turned the game.
“He’s the world number one and it’s so hard to beat this man. He never has a bad night, not against me, but hopefully one day it will turn my way,” he said.
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Tags: PDC | Raymond van Barneveld | The Masters 2018
Maybe not a win but still positive feeling with this weekend ! Strong tournament with Top 15 of the World and 1 from Out of this World ? Congrats @MvG180 but next time it will be mine! Thanks to all the fans out there for their support !! pic.twitter.com/UO76gpPP5e
— Raymond v Barneveld (@Raybar180) January 28, 2018
Author: Edward McCosh