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Simon Whitlock wins major ahead of World Grand Prix

Posted on 30/09/2012 in Other

Simon Whitlock has won his maiden major title with a comprehensive 11-5 victory over Wes Newton at the European Championships.

The Wizard has had a solid season so far, making it to three showpiece finals, but losing each one – most notably to Phil Taylor in the last match of this year's Premier League.

Yet the Australian showed no sign of nerves as he made his way to the oche against Newton and quickly raced to a 5-2 lead before almost sealing the win with a stunning 164 check-out, which put him 9-4 up.

Whitlock said: "I've been so close to winning a major in the last couple of years and to finally win one, I'm absolutely ecstatic.

"I came into the weekend confident after winning a Players Championship last weekend and I've taken that form into this tournament."

He will be hoping that this continues for the upcoming World Grand Prix in Dublin.

The tournament begins on October 8th and pits the current PDC top 16 from the Order of Merit and the best 14 non-qualified players from the ProTour Order of Merit against each other for the £100,000 prize.