Adrian Lewis' run in the UK Open proved to be a short one as he was the biggest casualty on day two at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.
The reigning world champion was knocked out in the pick of the third round ties by Terry Jenkins, who finished a high-quality match with a 102 average.
'The Bull' was in imperious form in the all-Premier League showdown, including a 10-dart leg in the second that levelled matters at 1-1.
That was the first of five legs on the spin for Jenkins, and he looked to be cruising into the fourth round when he cruised 7-3 ahead.
However, Lewis threatened an almighty comeback on the main stage. He hit a 110 checkout to make it 7-4 and then cut the gap to two legs with a 121 finish in the next, giving him his first break of throw in the contest.
He then kept himself alive by taking the 15th but a bull-double 17 finish in the following leg put a delighted Jenkins through. He will next face James Wade, who thumped Michael Mansell 9-2.
"Adrian gave me a few chances to give me that lead, but then I missed a few chances and that let him come back. I think it was even really," he said.
"I kept my cool in the end and made sure of it."
Simon Whitlock was another big name to crash out early, the Australian suffering a 9-7 loss to Co Stompe in the opening match on the main stage.
The Wizard came mightily close to a 170-checkout in the opening leg but struggled for consistency early on as he slipped 6-2 behind.
Whitlock did half the deficit but a 110 finish by Stompe stopped the slide. He missed his first two darts to win the match but after seeing his rival fail with six attempts to win the 16th leg, hit double 20 to seal his progression.
"To be quite frank, I don't think Simon played all that well," he told Sky Sports afterwards. "He's missed a lot of doubles and a lot of trebles.
"He did show what he's capable of during the last few legs, but then he started missing doubles again. I was very happy to take that one."
Mervyn King also perished in the third round, going down 9-5 to 2006 finalist Mark Walsh.
There were no such problems for Phil Taylor, however, as he recorded a 9-3 victory over Mark Frost to remain on course for a hat-trick of titles.
'The Power' simply melted away 'Frosty the Throwman', two breaks of the throw putting him 6-2 in front. He did miss four darts to win in the 12th leg before finally managing to close things out at the fifth attempt.
"I'm getting back to form again. It's just a matter of patience," Taylor admitted afterwards.
Next up for Taylor will be his recent practice partner Dennis Priestley, who edged out Alan Tabern 9-7 on Board Six.
Elsewhere, Ronnie Baxter progressed with a 9-6 win over Steve Maish, while Mark Webster put his Premier League struggles behind him with a 9-5 result against Tony Eccles.
Reece Robinson also continued his giant-killing run, the 19-year-old following up wins over Barrie Bates and Wayne Mardle in the last two rounds by dumping out Wayne Jones 9-8 to reach the last 32.
Raymond van Barneveld booked his place in round four by beating Steve Brown but the news was not so good for fellow Dutchmen Vincent van der Voort - a 9-7 loser against Andy Boulton - and former champion Roland Scholten, who was thrashed 9-2 by Canadian John Part.