- European Darts Championship
Whitlock wins maiden major title
Australia's Simon Whitlock grabbed his first major title at the PartyPoker.net European Darts Championship in Muelheim, Germany.
Whitlock overcame England's Wes Newton 11-5 in the final to triumph at the tournament screened by ESPN.
In the semi-finals, Newton had slayed reigning champion Phil Taylor's conqueror Brendan Dolan.
In the final, the combatants shared the first four frames equally, with Newton sending out a message of intent by clinically converting a couple of double-top finishes.
Whitlock then started to build a gap, steaming into a 5-2 lead having won against the throw for the first time in the clash.
Newton hinted at a revival with an 11-darter to hit back to 6-4, only for Whitlock to respond by charging 9-4 ahead - and within two legs of the title - thanks to a 58 checkout in the 13th.
Whitlock betrayed no signs of nerves at the business end of the contest, taking out 94 to edge 10-5 ahead, before closing out the show with a decisive double eight.
Whitlock had beaten Kim Huybrechts 11-9 in his semi-final, while Newton overcame Dolan by the same scoreline.