Wizard spellbound after win

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Simon Whitlock savoured his first major title success and admitted: It’s a dream come true.

And the Wizard has vowed to celebrate his £50,000 win at the PartyPoker.net European Championship final – by buying some decking for the garden.

The Waterlooville-based Aussie stormed to an outstanding 11-5 win over Wes Newton in Germany to collect his maiden honour.

There were tears from Whitlock as he celebrated the success on an emotional occasion.

The 43-year-old believes he is approaching the form of his career and is targeting big things moving forward.

Whitlock is now after world titles and wants to make big moves up the PDC Order of Merit.

His European crown lifts him to fifth in the world rankings behind the likes of Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and James Wade.

Whitlock’s coffers today also look a lot healthier after landing the success.

And he is going to celebrate his windfall by sprucing up his garden.

Whitlock said: ‘It certainly was emotional.

‘I had a few tears there and it was all a bit of dream to win a major.

‘I was over the moon. It was a long day but a fantastic feeling when I won.

‘I’m so happy and I want to go on from this now and win more major titles, the World Championship and become world number one – I want the lot!

‘I jump from seven to five in the order of merit. I’ve been fifth before but slipped. I’m back!

‘I won the Players Championship recently so I’d say my form is very close to my best.

‘I’ll probably spend the winnings on the house now.

‘I’m doing some work around the place and doing some decks out in the yard, so it will go on that. The rest can sit in the bank.

‘Now I want to break the top four – that’s my goal for the year.

‘The guys in front of me are defending a lot of money this year.

‘But there are opportunities for me to get in there and jump one or two players. I’m ecstatic to win.’

A superb start to the final saw both men hitting 180s in the first leg.

Whitlock then opened a 5-2 lead before Newton battled back to make it 6-4.

Three consecutive legs saw the Aussie open up a 9-4 advantage and then take the title with double eight.

He explained it was a tough day’s work – and there is little let up as he begins a Championship League competition at Crondon Park in Essex tonight.

Whitlock said: ‘They are tough opposition and it wasn’t easy.

‘There have been some long days and early mornings, so my head hurts a bit.

‘I had a couple of drinks after the win but have another tournament today, so it’s all go.

‘I haven’t played this well for a couple of years at least. I don’t know why it’s happening!

‘Confidence is a big thing. I hadn’t won a Players Championship event for a few years.

So I was feeling confident and that’s how it worked. It’s all going in the right direction.’

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