Nine-dart duo bow out
Former World Championship semi-finalist Terry Jenkins and Australian No 1 Kyle Anderson both hit perfect nine-darters in the same session during their first-round matches before bowing out.
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'The Bull' secured his moment of brilliance in the second leg of the deciding set against Denmark's Per Laursen at the Alexandra Palace.
He nailed two 180s followed by treble 20, treble 19 and finished with double 12 before holding his darts next to his ears in his trademark 'Bully' celebration.
However, despite Jenkins hitting 12 180s, a 170 checkout and a nine-dart finish, Laursen's superior 55.56 checkout percentage ultimately proved his undoing in a 3-2 defeat.
Anderson followed Jenkins by hitting another nine-darter in the final match of the session, but also went tumbling out of tournament after losing 3-1 to Ian 'Diamond' White.
Jenkins began his bid to finally land a major title slowly and lost the opening set against the Dane, who produced a fine display of darts to dispatch Northern Ireland's Colin McGarry 4-2 in the preliminary game earlier in the afternoon session.
Old campaigner Jenkins hit straight back thanks to a quick-fire second set in which he upped his averages, but 'Peachie' kept his cool to take out double eight and go ahead once more.
Jenkins was having to play some of his best darts and he took the first leg of the third set with a sumptuous 170 checkout before sealing the next two legs to set up a deciding set shoot-out.
At 2-2, the match had to be won by two clear legs and after edging 3-2 ahead, Laursen held his nerve by landing double-eight to end a thrilling match and set up a meeting with Peter Wright in round two.
"I felt I played the best I could," the Dane told Sky Sports. "I just thought he's going to need a nine-darter against me, but I'm over the moon.
"I was focused (after the nine-darter) and I knew that if I could play my game I would have a chance."
White was looking to build on his quarter-final appearance at the Players Championship in Minehead and he raced into a 2-1 lead against 26-year-old Anderson.
But in the opening leg of the fourth set, Anderson sent the Ally Pally crowd into pandemonium to become just the seventh player to complete the second perfect leg of darts in the same afternoon and steal a share of the £30,000 bonus with Jenkins.
Despite his moment of magic, White held his nerve to progress and will take on one of the Huybrechts brothers in the second-round next.
Asked about his nine-darter, Anderson said: "It was surreal. When it went in there were nearly tears. I pointed at my brother and it was pretty special.
"Ian played well throughout the whole game so fair play to him."
In the afternoon's other matches, Mark Walsh dropped outside the elite top 32 after going down 3-1 to Finnish thrower Jarkko Komula.
Meanwhile, the talented but erratic Kevin McDine knocked out former European Championship finalist Wayne Jones 3-2 in a dramatic match to set up a potential meeting with Michael van Gerwen.