Whitlock Ready to Atone for Grand Slam Disappointment

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

Whitlock Bidding to be PDC Master

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

partypoker.com World Grand Prix: Whitlock Rockets Past Baxter

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

Whitlock Eyes Second Major

Darting star Simon Whitlock is confident his wait for a second career major will come to an end during a packed conclusion to 2013.

The 44-year-old Australian is eager to add to his 2012 European Championship success and has his sights on the five big tournaments on the calendar between now and the end of the year, starting with next week’s World Grand Prix in Dublin.

Since the last televised major in the UK – the World Matchplay in July – Whitlock has reached the semi-finals of the Sydney and German Masters and the ‘Wizard’ believes his form makes him a strong contender for the forthcoming events. Continue reading