The rapid Dutchman was one of four men to take up a place at the Wolverhampton tournament as he, Justin Pipe, Peter Wright and Stuart Kellett fought their way through a field of over 180 hopefuls competing for a spot in the televised event.
van der Voort claimed early wins against Stephen Harbert and Dave Honey before seeing off Andy Pearce to set up a crucial clash with in-form Brendan Dolan.
He defeated Saturday’s Players Championship winner 4-3 and went on to beat Martyn Turner 5-2 in the final qualifying round, ensuring a sixth return to the tournament, which gets underway on Saturday.
van der Voort was subsequently drawn in Group D alongside his compatriot and good friend Michael van Gerwen, Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts and Yorkshire’s Dean Winstanley.
By Chris Murphy