Van Barneveld and Whitlock coast through at Ally Pally
Raymond van Barneveld breezed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship, dropping just two legs in a 3-0 victory over Robbie Green at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld, whose last title came in 2007, threw three 180s and averaged over 98 in a routine performance to set up a meeting with Alan Norris in the last 32.
"It was tougher than it looked. The first set was the key. It was important but it's still not easy because I know what Robbie can do," he is quoted as saying by the PDC's official website.
"To play on this stage is the best thing we darts players do and I love it and will try to make it continue."
WHAT A CHECKOUT! Raymond van Barneveld with his trademark 156 finish to move 2-1 ahead. That was beautiful! pic.twitter.com/6MQVhZAU2x-- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 20, 2016
Brendan Dolan comfortably saw off Christian Kist 3-1 to advance, fighting back after the Dutchman finished on 105 to level up at 1-1.
Dragutin Horvat won his preliminary clash against Boris Koltsov, but was no match for Simon Whitlock as he suffered a 3-0 defeat.
Next up for the Australian will be Darren Webster, who surprisingly ousted Stephen Bunting on Sunday, while Dolan will face the winner of Jelle Klaasen's match against Jeffrey de Graaf.