Soutar confident of van Barneveld scalp
Scottish darts ace Alan Soutar reckons he's a player the top pros will want to avoid as he prepares to make his UK Open debut against the legendary Raymond van Barneveld in Milton Keynes.
The 43-year-old fireman, a former Europe Cup semi-finalist, has been handed a dream draw against the five-time world champion but he's already looking beyond his second round showdown with Barney.
Soutar has been playing top-level darts for over a decade, representing Scotland on 50 occasions and appearing twice at the Lakeside Country Club in the BDO World Championship.
The Arbroath thrower decided that this was the year to give the full PDC ProTour a go and, having fought his way through Q-School last month, is already making a name for himself.
In the season-opening Super Series he claimed the scalps of Dave Chisnall, Nathan Aspinall and former world champions Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright, producing some eye-catching averages in the process.
One of his defeats during four days of competition in Bolton came at the hands of Van Barneveld, who went on to win one of the quartet of titles up for grabs, his first triumph since coming out of retirement.
"I've been playing darts for a long time so I know the standard that's required," Soutar told pdc.tv.
"I don't have any targets but we'll just see where it takes me. I know a lot of players on the ProTour won't want to draw me."
Soutar is 13/10 to beat two-time UK Open winner Van Barneveld, who is 8/13.
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