Barney’s a winner three days after returning to darts

PA Sport staff
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Raymond van Barneveld beat Joe Cullen to win the Players Championship title, just three days after returning to darts.

The 53-year-old walked away from the sport in 2019 but made a fine comeback, landing his first PDC ranking title in eight years on Saturday night.

As well as seeing off in-form Cullen 8-6 in the final in Bolton, van Barneveld beat some of the sport’s biggest names to mark a memorable return to the oche.

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Rob Cross and Mervyn King also fell by the wayside as the Dutchman marked his comeback in style.

“This last year I went ‘Raymond, can I do this?’ And I can do this,” Barneveld told Sky Sports after his win.

“It all starts with belief. You have to start from scratch. I was an amateur last week, it’s so weird.

“Then one week later I’m winning on the pro tour, that’s what you can do if you believe in yourself.”