Full Name: Simon Whitlock
Date of Birth: March 3rd, 1969
Place of Birth: Cessnock, Australia
Simon Whitlock is currently the highest-ranked Australian professional darts player on the PDC Tour at number 5. He is nicknamed “The Wizard” and he claimed his first major title at the 2012 European Championship. Whitlock has also been runner-up at the 2008 BDO World Darts Championship and the 2010 PDC World Darts Championship.
Whitlock reached the last 16 of the 2003 PDC World Darts Championship and the semi-finals of the 2005 BDO World Darts Championship. He has twice made it to the semi-finals of the International Darts League, losing to Mervyn King in 2005 and Raymond van Barneveld in 2006. He won the first two events on the PSC Australian Grand Prix in 2007. Whitlock beat Brian Woods to reach the final of the 2008 BDO World Darts Championship, where he lost out to Mark Webster 7–5.
Whitlock returned to the PDC in March 2009, wining a further eight times on the AGP circuit. He was beaten in the quarter-finals of the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts by Scott Waites. He reached the final of the 2010 PDC World Championship, beating James Wade 5–3 and Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 before losing to Phil Taylor 7-3. He gained a wild card entry to the 2010 Premier League Darts and qualified for the semi-finals before losing 8-6 to eventual runner-up Wade.
Whitlock reached the semi-finals on his World Matchplay debut in 2010, again losing to Taylor. In 2011, he produced a nine-dart finish in the Bobby Bourn Memorial Players Championship and repeated the achievement in the following Dutch Darts Trophy, thus becoming the first player to hit nine-dart finishes in successive Pro Tour events. At the 2011 World Matchplay, Whitlock looked poised for a comfortable victory over Andy Hamilton when leading 15-8 only for his opponent to stage a remarkable recovery and win nine consecutive legs to win the match.
Whitlock suffered a broken bone in his ankle during a competition in Benidorm in November 2011 and could not resume competitive play until the 2012 World Championship. He came back with a bang, storming to a semi-final showdown with Hamilton. Once again, he held a healthy advantage at 5-3 but could not convert the victory. Whitlock finally got some measure of revenge on Hamilton when edging him out in the semi-finals. His reward was a meeting with Phil Taylor who established a 7-2 lead in the final before Whitlock fought back to 7-7. Taylor regained his composure to win the final three legs.
Whitlock won his first ranking event title for nearly two years in September 2012 when beating Hamilton 6-4 in the final of the 12th Players Championship. He followed up at the European Championship for his first major title, beating Wes Newton 11-5 in the final. This victory moved him up to number 5 in the rankings. He then won his first European Tour title at the Dutch Darts Masters, beating Paul Nicholson 6–1 in a first all-Australian final on the PDC ProTour.
Whitlock was beaten 6-4 by Taylor in the final of the Championship League before winning his second Players Championship of the year with a 6–2 defeat of Dennis Priestley in the final. Whitlock finished second on the Order of Merit to book his place for the Players Championship Finals, eventually losing heavily to Taylor in the semi-finals. That was still enough to give him a career-high ranking of four. He won his first two matches in the 2013 World Championship without dropping a set and then defeated Dave Chisnall to reach the quarter-finals. He was beaten 5-1 by an inspired Raymond van Barneveld who averaged 102.32.