AUSTRALIAN DARTS STAR Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock produced a masterful finish amid an easy victory in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championship last night.
The 47-year-old finished off the contest in style, securing an emphatic victory with a 170 and 158.
Dragutin Horvat won his preliminary clash against Boris Koltsov, but was no match for Whitlock as he suffered a 3-0 defeat.
In addition, Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan comfortably saw off Christian Kist 3-1 to advance, fighting back after the Dutchman finished on 105 to level up at 1-1.
Next up for the Australian will be Darren Webster, who surprisingly ousted Stephen Bunting on Sunday, while Dolan will face the winner of Jelle Klaasen’s match against Jeffrey de Graaf.
Meanwhile, Raymond van Barneveld breezed into the second round, dropping just two legs in a 3-0 victory over Robbie Green at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld, whose last title came in 2007, threw three 180s and averaged over 98 in a routine performance to set up a meeting with Alan Norris in the last 32.
“It was tougher than it looked. The first set was the key. It was important but it’s still not easy because I know what Robbie can do,” he is quoted as saying by the PDC’s official website.
To play on this stage is the best thing we darts players do and I love it and will try to make it continue.”
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