NEW-LOOK Simon Whitlock began his bid to win a second Dutch Darts Masters title by wearing glasses on stage for the first time as he defeated Mike De Decker in Friday’s first round in Venray.
Australian ace Whitlock, who won the PDC European Tour event in the Netherlands in 2012, has responded to a slump in form which has seen him drop out of the world’s top 16 by trialling glasses.
The 46-year-old wore the glasses in competition for the first time in last weekend’s Coral UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan – reaching one semi-final – before taking to the stage in Venray, where he sealed a 6-2 defeat of De Decker with a 102 checkout.
The first round concludes on Friday night with the remaining eight matches featuring the event’s qualifiers, before the top 16 seeded players enter the event in Saturday’s second round.
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Dutch Darts Masters – European Tour Event One
Friday February 12
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-6 James Richardson
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Martin Schindler
Paul Milford 5-6 Remco van Eijden
Andree Welge 0-6 Jamie Lewis
Kevin Thomas 6-3 Jan Dekker
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-6 John Henderson
Mike De Decker 2-6 Simon Whitlock
Robbie Green 4-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kevin Painter 6-5 Jamie Caven
Jyhan Artut 5-6 Daryl Gurney
Ryan Harrington 6-4 David Pallett
John Michael 0-6 Stephen Bunting
Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-6 Gerwyn Price
Mervyn King 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Mark Webster 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Ricky Evans 5-6 Devon Petersen
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 12, 2016