The five-time World Champion hit eight 180s in a 3-0 defeat of Michael Smith, in which he posted an incredible 108.31 average, his highest ever at the Alexandra Palace.
Monday evening sees last year’s semi-finalist James Wade begin his campaign to add the World Championship to his impressive collection of major titles.
‘The Machine”, who has won seven PDC premier events to date, takes on Peter Hudson.
2011 semi-finalist Mark Webster is also in action against Ian White, while Arron Monk faces Peter Wright.
By Chris Murphy
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