Michael van Gerwen started the Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday. Brabant number one in the world in his first group match with 5-1 was too strong for Gary Robson.
Van Gerwen seemed to be heading for a quick whitewash (5-0 victory), but he had to give up the third leg because he missed a pair of doubles.
De Vlijmenaar eventually scored an average of 112.66 and came behind Phil Taylor (114.65) and Geert de Vos (113.86) in third place with the highest number of points per three arrows on Grand Slam or Darts.
Van Gerwen takes on Sunday in his second group match against Joe Murnan and then everything goes well all the chairs for the knockout phase.
Mighty Mike has won Grand Slam of Darts in the last three years by defeating Phil Taylor (16-13), James Wade (16-8) and Peter Wright (16-12) in the final.
Van Barneveld starts badly
Raymond van Barneveld was bad at Grand Slam of Darts. In his first group match, Zuid-Hollander lost surprisingly 5-3 to Krzysztof Ratajski.
Van Barneveld kept his first three legs relatively easy against Ratajski, but broke out in the seventh and did not exceed the mental battle in the rest.
De Hagenaar still did a fair average of 92.30, but the double percentage (only thirty) was far behind.
Van Barneveld bounces on Michael Smith in his second group match on Sunday and will probably need to win to win the eighth finale.
Do not hurt Wade
The five-time world champion won the Grand Slam of Darts 2012 at the expense of Van Gerwen, reaching the semifinals once since, in 2015, when he had to admit his colonel in Phil Taylor.
The winners of the PDC and BDO TV tournaments are participating in the Grand Slam of Darts, and the losing finalists of the big and winners of the Euro Tour tournaments in PDC have also got a starting permit.
The third Dutchman, Wesley Harms, just like Van Barneveld knew a very disappointing start to the Grand Slam of Darts. Noord-Hollander went without a chance 5-0 against James Wade.
Harms must win Sunday in his second group match by Mark Webster to keep his chance for a spot in the last sixteen.