Australia takes home the 2022 PDC World Cup of Darts trophy for the first time

Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta with the World Cup of Darts (Picture courtesy of Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

On Monday, Australian Duo Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta emphatically defeated the Welsh pairing of Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton 3-1 to win the 2022 World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt, Germany.

Simon ‘Wizard’ Whitlock, 53, has played for Australia in every World Cup since 2010 – reaching the final in 2012 before a gutting defeat to England. After the win, Whitlock emotionally celebrated his success with Damon.

“I’ve dreamt about this moment my entire life,” Whitlock said. 

“This is the best moment of my life.”

Both Whitlock and Heta have come through the Darts Australia Junior ranks and have risen to the senior level to represent Australia.

Damon ‘Heat’ Heta won the first Singles leg against Price convincingly 4-0, before Whitlock defeated Clayton 4-2 for a 2-0 lead ahead of the Doubles.

In the Doubles, Australia had a 3-2 lead before Whitlock missed his chance on double 18 to finish from 66. Wales fought back with Clayton securing a double eight to win the Doubles and extend the final for another leg.

However, after a below-par start from Clayton, Heta commanded a 3-1 lead and produced the decisive throw to win the leg and the cup.

“I’m so proud to have won this with him,” Whitlock said.

Heta was the first winner at the 2019 Australian Darts Open in Moama. Now, In the biggest game of his career, he congratulated his teammate on the win.

“I’m stoked for Simon and stoked for Australia with all the support we’ve had back home,” Heta said.

“It’s an amazing feeling.”

Both players paid respects to four-time representative Kyle Anderson, who was a good friend and teammate to both players, who passed away in 2021.

“I was thinking about Kyle the whole time we played. He was a great guy and a great player,” added Whitlock

See more of the 2022 World Cup of Darts by heading to the PDC Website – https://www.pdc.tv/.