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Whitlock Edges Taylor In DPA Masters Final

The Wizard edges out Taylor (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Simon Whitlock claimed victory on home soil as he defeated Phil Taylor 6-5 to win the DPA Australasian Masters title.

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Australia's number one prevailed from a huge field of 256 players to deny The Power in Sunday’s final in Queensland.

Whitlock, who dispatched Koha Kokiri and Craig Caldwell en route to the final, fired in five 180s in a high quality battle, before holding his nerve in a tense last leg decider to seal victory in front of his home crowd.

The tournament culminated a week-long festival of darts on the Gold Coast, the most important on the 2012 DPA calendar.

Taylor travelled Down Under for the first time to take part in three DPA events, as well as a series of exhibitions in Melbourne and Adelaide alongside top Australian darter Russell Stewart.

Dart Players Australia is associated with the PDC. They host a series of events throughout Australia which all count towards the DPA Order of Merit through which World Championship qualifiers are determined at the cut-off date.

Australia has now become a major force in world darts, with top 16 stars Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson renowned as two of game's most recognisable faces who put Australian darts on the map by reaching the final of the recent World Cup of Darts.

Australasian Masters Results (Quarter-Finals onwards)

Sunday August 19

Quarter Finals
Phil Taylor 6-0 Bill Aitken 
Sean Reed 6-5 Steve Duke Jr 
Shane Tichowitsch 5-6 Craig Caldwell 
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Koha Kokiri 

Semi Finals
Phil Taylor 6-2 Sean Reed 
Craig Caldwell 2-6 Simon Whitlock

Final
Phil Taylor 5-6 Simon Whitlock
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Whitlock Edges Taylor In DPA Masters Final

Simon Whitlock claimed victory on home soil as he defeated Phil Taylor 6-5 to win the DPA Australasian Masters title.

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