Barnsley double for Barney
Raymond van Barneveld completed a weekend double of UK Open Qualifier victories with a 6-2 defeat of Ian White in Sunday's final in Barnsley.
The Dutch ace continued his resurgence in 2012 by completing a perfect weekend in Barnsley, with his back-to-back triumphs and a nine-dart finish seeing him take home a total of £12,400 prize money.
His consistency during Sunday's sixth qualifying event saw him defeat Germany's Bernd Roith, Kevin Dowling, Tony West and Darren Johnson to reach the last 16, where he was pushed all the way by Wes Newton before prevailing 6-5.
He then overcame former world champions Dennis Priestley and Richie Burnett to reach the final, where he defeated Stoke thrower White.
White - appearing in only his second PDC ProTour final - led 2-1 early on as he raised hopes of repeating the victory he took over van Barneveld in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts last November.
Van Barneveld, though, hit back to level on double 16, then produced legs of 14 and 11 darts to pull clear at 4-2 before finishing 48 and 81 to complete the triumph.
"Not many players win both tournaments in a weekend so I'm really proud," said van Barneveld, who returns to eighth in the PDC Order of Merit above Mark Webster following his success.
"That says a lot about the kind of player you are; I'm working out now in the gym, I feel fit, I feel awake and I feel confident.
"The first couple of games I wasn't pleased with but after that I gained confidence and the rest of the day was awesome. I'm really pleased to have won both finals."
White had previously reached the final of a UK Open Qualifier in Barnsley last February, when he lost to Steve Brown, and he suffered the same fate again, although the £3,000 runner-up prize money ensures he will enter June's UK Open televised finals in Bolton in the third round.
He produced some superb darts during the day, notably knocking out Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock as well as Mark Jones, namesake Stuart White and Richie Howson, and reeled off five successive legs to defeat Colin Lloyd 6-2 in the semi-finals.
The final two UK Open Qualifiers will be played in Birmingham on May 5 and 6.