van Duijvenbode joins Barney’s darting stable

Raymond & Dirk
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dirk van Duijvenbode has become the latest Dutch talent to join Raymond van Barneveld’s darting stable, following in the footsteps of his compatriots Jeffrey de Zwaan and Mike Zuydwijk.

Van Duijvenbode confirmed on social media  that he was to depart ‘The Sportsman Management company’ and join ‘Team Bengi’, where van Barneveld, De Zwaan and Zuydwijk all ply their trade.

Van Duijvenbode becomes the latest acquisition for Bengi, as van Barneveld expands his growing net of Dutch prodigies. Dirk enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2015. Although the 23-year-old was unable to secure a tour card at Q-School twelve months ago, he thrived on the youth tour, and reached two Players Championship quarter-finals.

Dirk posted a nine-darter on the development tour, and his consistency on the Pro Tour, like De Zwaan, saw him qualify for the European Championships in October, which marked his TV debut. He lost 6-2 to Justin Pipe, but this was valuable experience for the Dutchman, which saw him secure qualification for the World Championships at Ally Pally.

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Nearly Two 9 darters and a 125.25 average! Dutch Darting Dominance in Development Tour!

Dirk van Duijvenbode
van Duijvenbode, pictured, after his 9-darter earlier today. (Photo: PDC)

Dirk van Duijvenbode came extremely close to re-writing darting history earlier, as he almost hit TWO 9-darters in a Development Tour event in Coventry today! In the last leg of his first round match against Tommy Wilson, van Duijvenbode missed D12 for the magical 9, but remained unperturbed, hitting the 9-darter in his next match against Kurt Parry! Only Michael van Gerwen has matched this sort of feat; in his 2013 World Championship semi-final against James Wade; van Gerwen hit 17 perfect darts; missing D12 for two 9-darters in succession.

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Mike Zuydwijk averages over 130 in Development Tour Event!

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Zuydwijk is congratulated by John Part for his UK Open victory (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rising Dutch star Mike Zuydwijk averaged a stunning 130.56 in whitewashing Christopher Bent 4-0 in the third round of a PDC Development tour event in Coventry today.

Zuydwijk used just 46 darts to secure victory; recording legs of 11, 11, 12 and 12 darts to complete the rout. The Dutchman’s effort is believed to be the fourth highest average in PDC history. This comes just weeks after Kyle Anderson averaged an astonishing 134.84 in a 6-1 demolition of Terry Jenkins in a Players Championship event.

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5-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld speaks EXCLUSIVELY to Josh’s Dartistry

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Factfile:

Age: 48
Nationality: Dutch
Birthplace: Den Haag
Former Occupation: Postman
Favourite Double: D16/D18
Career Nine-Darters: 9
Current PDC Ranking: 13th
Major Ranking Titles: 27
Highest Televised Average: 113.04
Biggest Achievement: 5 Time World Champion

It was incredible to do my first ever Q/A feature with my darting hero; the player that inspired me to fall in love with Darts. Continue reading “5-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld speaks EXCLUSIVELY to Josh’s Dartistry”

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