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SIMON WHITLOCK has earmarked the BetVictor World Cup of Darts as a tournament he is determined to win.

Whitlock has been the ever-present captain of the Australian team since the inaugural World Cup in 2010 and says it would be one of the biggest disappointments of his career if he fails to win the title for his country.

“Every tournament is important but this one is really special to me,” said the 50-year-old, who lost the classic 2012 final in a sudden-death leg against England – and has reached the semi-finals on three other occasions.

“The final defeat in 2012 really hurt me but I’ve still got the chance to win it. Paul (Nicholson) and I were a strong team and the title was their for us to win but we missed our chance.

“That fuelled my hunger to win the event. It would be huge for Australian darts. I have built up a good rapport with Kyle (Anderson) and I think we are ready as a team to go and play our best darts in what I think is a very open tournament that we have every chance of winning.”