‘Mad inventor’ Whitlock determined to weave more magic at the Grand Slam of Darts

Whitlock celebrates his dramatic comeback win (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Simon Whitlock admits he has become the ‘Mad Inventor’ of the oche after he came back from the dead to make the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts.

The Wizard of Oz produced a sensational comeback to defeat Gerwyn Price on Monday night in Wolverhampton and set up a mouthwatering clash with Peter Wright.

European Championship runner-up Whitlock, who needed a win to qualify from Group F, trailed 4-1 before landing a second 170  checkout of the match and then survived two match darts from Price to claim a dramatic win.

Whitlock, who averaged a sensational 108.86, revealed: "I'm feeling so relieved to get through after that crazy game. 

"It felt amazing to see the two 170s to go in. I'm feeling good at the moment and I want to keep this feeling going.

"It's an Australian thing, we never give up. I think it’s just bred into us to fight, fight and fight. Until the match is over whether you win or lose, we keep going.

"All you can do is relax, concentrate and that's what I did against Gerwyn. I just never gave up. 

"Whoever thinks I’m gone, they’re wrong. I’ve got so much fight in me. I work hard, I train hard. I just love the game still and that’s why I’m still competitive. 

"I think the best is still to come from me. If I can produce darts like that under pressure then surely there’s more in the tank?

"If I could do a 108 average every time I played I’d be up there with Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. I’m not that consistent unfortunately. I can be though.

"People don't see the darts I play on the Wednesday and Thursday nights against the likes of my mates Jenks and Northy. I do this sort of thing week-in, week-out. It's just doing it on the TV and Pro Tours I need to get better at."

Whitlock clearly enjoys his persona as darts' very own Back To The Future Doc Brown, dreaming up mad inventions to improve his darts and scoring power.

The 2010 World Championship runner-up added: "I still can go one better than I did in 2010. My mind is constantly thinking about the game which is crazy.

"I'm always inventing new things for darts. I've come up with my hexagonal points which are actually working amazing!

"I still use the scissors on my flights. I cut them tonight, just trimmed a bit off. I've got loads of ideas and inventions.

"I'm always going to keep using those ideas. Peter Wright is the same as me, constantly thinking how he can improve his game; darts, flights, points, everything. There’s not many people like us about.

"Phil Taylor changed darts so many times. It's worked for him as well, similar things to what me and Peter do but nowhere near as extreme!"


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‘Mad inventor’ Whitlock determined to weave more magic at the Grand Slam of Darts

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