The man with the arguably the greatest beard in sport, Australian Simon Whitlock has been a mainstay of the PDC since 2009 and one its most favoured characters.
The Wizard in the nickname of the New South Wales native and at 50-years-of-age, Whitlock’s tale is one of ever the bridesmaid and never the bride.
The Wizard was the undisputed king of the Oche down under winning four Australian Masters titles and four straight Aussie Grand Masters titles.
It was only a matter of time then before Whitlock joined the ranks of the PDC after a spell on the BDO.
The 50-year-old’s decade long spell so far in the PDC has been an enjoyable one for all concerned with many fans taking to Whitlock’s unique style and laidback Aussie charm.
However, although consistent, the sports top prizes have eluded him.
Twice a World Championship finalist, (BDO 2008, PDC 2010), twice Whitlock has failed to get the job done and that is a recurring theme in the major tournaments.
His only Premier PDC Event title was the European Championships he won in 2012.
Runner up spots at the Premier League of Darts, Champions League, and World Grand Prix are all undeniably regrettable missed chances.
However, Whitlock has still career most would envy.
A regular in the latter stages in the Premier events and able to command a strong following, the Wizard has made a fine living for himself and his family through his darting exploits and despite missing out on the grandest pf prizes, the Aussie still boasts a total of sixty (yes sixty) tournament wins in his career.
As he turned pro in 2002, that equates to an average of 3.5 tournament wins per year and an enviable record in anyone’s book.
When Whitlock eventually retires at least he will not be bored.
The Australian appeared with seven other Premier League of darts players in 2012 to release a charity single with Chas Hodges.
Onwards and upwards then for the likeable Aussie.