Fans snap up tickets to see best
WORLD No.4 Simon Whitlock will have a rare home-ground advantage when the Sydney Masters starts at Luna Park today.
The 44-year-old Aussie, who spends most of his time playing professionally in England, will take on 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, and two-time world champion Adrian Lewis during the tournament.
"To have the opportunity to play in what is a massive tournament over here is going to be very special," Whitlock (pictured) said.
"If I could win in Australia it would be one of the highlights of my career."
The sold-out tournament is the second event in the new World Series of Darts.
That series started in May with the Dubai Masters, which was won by Van Gerwen.
The quarter-finals will be played tomorrow night and the semi-finals and final on Saturday.
Whitlock said he had some added incentive to beat Englishmen Taylor and Lewis after Australia was beaten by the British & Irish Lions in the rugby series and also in the Ashes.