Gary Anderson exited at the first round stage of the World Grand Prix at the Morningside Arena in Leicester as he was defeated by a resurgent Ian White.
The Flying Scotsman went into the tournament as the number six seed, chasing his first win in the double start tournament. A 2-0 lead in the opening set was surrendered as White went into the break leading 1-0 in sets despite 14 missed darts at the outer ring.
Anderson would haul himself level in the second set, surviving two match darts to take the tie to a deciding set.
A break of throw early in the third set showed a glimmer of light for Anderson, but some poor doubling in the third leg left him on the brink.
The Scot forced a decider, but after failing to get off at the start of the leg we would see White limp over the line on double eight to secure a place in round two.
Anderson will return to TV action later this month in the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam and then next month will see him at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton for the Grand Slam of Darts.
Words: Josh Green
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC