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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Simon Whitlock

It was interesting to see the reaction to the discussion on Sky Sports of Simon Whitlock's ongoing leg injury in the PDC world darts championship. He drifted out to 90-1 plus to win the competition on Betfair, and to even money from 1.34 to win the match. He went on the decimate Dennis Smith with a 105 average, 60% check out, scoring 7 180s along the way. To put this in perspective no other player has averaged over 100 in the first round. In his post match interview Whitlock stated "I've got a broken leg, not a broken arm".

It may be that the lack of expectation helped his darts, but regardless of that it was still a top class performance. He's currently 13.5 to win the tournament. Not exactly generous odds, but if his current vein of form continues it wouldn't be a great surprise if he went all the way.

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