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Whitlock claims Dutch prize

Simon Whitlock blew the opposition away to take the 15,000 winners' cheque on the final day of the Dutch Darts Masters.

The world No 6 let slip just four legs on Sunday as he came through the quarter-finals and a last-four tie before thumping fellow Australian Paul Nicholson 6-1 in the final.

Victory meant Whitlock ended the European Tour season with a victory to match his success at last month's PartyPoker.net European Championship in Germany.

The evening began with a shock defeat for Phil Taylor, beaten 6-5 by Wayne Jones, whose challenge was ended by Nicholson at the semi-final stage.

But the shockwaves from that result were soon forgotten as Whitlock lit up the arena in Nuland, three breaks and four maximums helping him see off Johnny Haines 6-2 in the last eight.

Kim Huybrechts was dealt with in shorter measure still, Whitlock taking the first four legs in 14, 14, 11 and 14 and seeing it out 6-1.

Nicholson threatened to make a better fist of it in the final, winning the opening leg, but Whitlock was first to a finish in each of the next six without ever hitting his form of the earlier rounds.

Two wayward shots at double 16 gave his opponent a stay of execution which was all too brief, Whitlock returning to find the bed at the third attempt.