Whitlock won the first three matches of the season to put himself in a strong position to avoid elimination and the prospect of leaving the tournament after week nine became mathematically impossible before his draw against Wright.
‘The Wizard’ missed a dart to defeat the world number two in a high-quality encounter, which the Australian led 6-3 but the world number two fought back to claim a point.
“I could have and probably should have won that,” admitted Whitlock.
“Well done to Peter for fighting back. There was a lot of pressure on him and he stood up to it.
“I’ve achieved my first target of staying in the tournament so now it is time to try and put another run of wins together and make a push for the play-offs.
“My performances in the first half of the season have given me a lot of confidence and I know I have got the game to do it.”