SIMON WHITLOCK 5-2 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock defeated Grand Slam of Darts debutant Ross Smith in his opening Group G game on Saturday afternoon.
The Australian, who was cruelly denied a place in the knockout stages of last year’s tournament on leg difference, enhanced his prospects of progressing with a comfortable victory in Wolverhampton.
World number four Simon Whitlock has vowed to right the wrongs of 12 months ago as he prepares to return to Wolverhampton for the Grand Slam of Darts.
Despite winning two of his three group matches in 2012, Australian Whitlock exited the tournament at the round-robin stage after a 5-1 defeat to Dean Winstanley in his final game saw him eliminated on leg difference.
‘The Wizard’ returns to one of the showpiece events on the darting calendar, open to the elite stars from the PDC and BDO, in confident mood and determined to learn the lessons of that Winstanley setback. Continue reading
Determined Simon Whitlock has spoken of his pride and excitement at booking his place in the newest tournament on the darts’ calendar as the world’s leading stars prepare to head to Scotland.
Australian Whitlock, who is sponsored by leading paint brand Leyland Paints*, is in action this weekend in the inaugural Masters event.
The top 16 players in the world will do battle at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with fourth ranked Whitlock taking on Mervyn King on the opening night. Continue reading
SIMON WHITLOCK 3 – 0 Ronnie Baxter
Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock won through to the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix by dispatching of Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ Baxter in straight sets on Wednesday evening in Dublin.
The former European Champion produced a much improved performance, following his narrow first round victory over Michael Mansell at the Citywest Hotel, to set up a last eight clash against James Wade. Continue reading
SIMON WHITLOCK 2-1 Michael Mansell
Simon Whitlock survived a scare in round one of the World Grand Prix before defeating Michael Mansell in a dramatic deciding leg on Monday evening.
Northern Ireland’s Mansell missed three darts to knock the world number four out of the Dublin tournament before Whitlock sealed the win under pressure.