Northern Irelands Kevin Burness came unstuck last night against Dutch darts superstar Jelle Klaasen, losing out 3-1 in a good display of arrows, in the first round of the PDC World Championship.
The man from Ballywalter went ahead 1-0 in sets with some great finishing, but then Klaasen got into his stride with a 152 finish and hit the after burners and in quick succession was in front 2-1 in sets. Then in the 4th set Burness was on 72 required and blew it by hitting big eight rather than sixteen which meant he had to go 14 and bull, which he missed. Klaasen came back for tops and duly hit it with ease for the win.
Kevin can feel hard done by, this is the second year at the PDC worlds where he has had difficult draws. Last year he had Gary Anderson and this year he had Klaasen with MVG waiting thereafter.
Klaasen came a cropper against MVG in the second round at the end of the night, but he himself will feel he should have had the first 2 sets and MVG hit his usual 170 and 130 checkouts ‘at the right moments’.
Kevin comes away from the PDC Worlds with a £7,500 payday which is more than his full year in 2019 on the Pro Tour. He now has to go to back to the PDC Q school as he is outside of the top 64 in ranking money.
Well done to Kevin in getting through to the worlds for the second year. We have no doubt if he plays his best, he can come through Q School again.