Defending champion Scott Waites crashed out of the BDO World Championship at the first hurdle after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Alan Norris.
Waites would have been dreaming of emulating his feat 12 months ago but failed to even win a set against the world number 31 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green.
Waites, who is not a full-time professional, admitted he was well below-par.
"I've had a fair few mishaps coming up to Christmas but Alan played awesome on the day," the 36-year-old told BBC Sport.
"I know what sort of game I'm going to get from Alan and I didn't turn up."
Kilkenny’s Michael Meaney had a 3-0 win preliminary-round win over 19-year-old Harley Kemp from Australia to set up a meeting with Ross Montgomery on Monday.
Two-time semi-finalist Wesley Harms joined Norris in the second round after beating Paul Jennings by the same scoreline although Dutch compatriot and world number eight Jeffrey de Graaf suffered a 3-0 defeat against Martin Atkins.
Meanwhile, three-time champion Martin Adams set-up an enticing first-round clash with last year's runner-up Tony O'Shea after beating Canadian David Cameron 3-1 in the preliminary round.
Adams, winner in 2007, 2010 and 2011, has had a forgettable 12 months and has tumbled down the rankings, but will have the chance to bounce back against O'Shea.