Dirk van Duijvenbode entered last weekend's Dutch Darts Masters as a home favourite, and he entertained the Amsterdam crowd as stormed through to the final.
A 6-4 quarter-final victory over fellow Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker set up a blockbuster clash with James Wade, and Van Duijvenbode came out on top in a thrilling 7-6 victory.
In the final, the 29-year-old met Dimitri van den Bergh, who was looking to win back-to-back world series titles after winning in Denmark earlier this month.
Unfortunately for Van Duijvenbode, the in-form Belgian continued to dominate in Amsterdam, and wrapped up a convincing 8-2 victory over the crowd favourite.
Van Duijvenbode found himself 4-0 down early on, and was simply unable to recover from there on. He can now set his sights on bigger tournaments down the line, but it'll sting to lose in front of his home crowd.
Following the match, he gave an honest assessment of his performance, stating that he was simply "not good enough" in the Ziggo Dome finale.
"He played well but I think I could have done better than I did and I'm disappointed that I didn't play a good game.
"I felt great but I felt a little bit unlucky sometimes. It's amazing - I love playing for a crowd that is supporting you as much as they did.
"I'm disappointed I didn't win it, but I could have done worse this weekend. This is the last TV tournament before the [World] Matchplay and I feel ready.
"Hopefully I'll get another gear for that one - let's go!"