Mardle crowned undisputed walk-on world champion denying Van Barneveld

Wayne Mardle claimed the PDC Walk-On World Cup of Darts, after denying five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the final.

Amid a distinct shortage of darting action over recent weeks due to coronavirus concerns, the inaugural PDC Walk-On World Cup of Darts came into fruition, providing supporters with a slice of social media entertainment.

The tournament featured players of past and present, with retired legends Wayne Mardle and Raymond van Barneveld clashing in a highly-anticipated final.

It was Mardle who came out victorious, winning 56 per cent of the 19,650 votes on Professional Darts Corporation social media platforms.

The former World Championship semi-finalist defeated Devon Petersen and Michael Smith, as well as both Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen during an impressive route to success.

Mardle unofficially becomes the fourth player to defeat both Taylor and van Gerwen en route to a major crown, joining van Barneveld, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross.

Despite enduring defeat in the final, five-time world champion van Barneveld toppled Daryl Gurney and his fan-favourite entrance, as well as three additional major champions in Mensur Suljovic, Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock.

Mardle was visibly delighted on social media following his triumph, while ‘Barney’ provided a congratulatory message himself whilst being gracious in defeat.

(Photography: Professional Darts Corporation)

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