PDC Order of Merit

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The PDC Order of Merit is a world ranking system used by one of the darts organisations, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.

How it works[edit]

The Order of Merit is similar to that employed in golf's European Tour. Prize money won during the previous two seasons is calculated and the rankings are determined from this money list. The Professional Darts Corporation adopted an Order of Merit system in 2007, which is based on prize money won over two years for the main Order of Merit and separate one-year rankings for other PDC Pro Tour events.

Current PDC Order of Merit[edit]

  • As of 28 July 2014 World Matchplay.
  • A live (unofficial) version of the Order of Merit is available on DartsDatabase.co.uk. During a tournament, this table subtracts the prize money that was earned two years earlier and adds the minimum prize money the player will receive based on the current status of the tournament. The Prize column contains a + if the player is still in the race to win the tournament.

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49 to 96

Rank Player Money Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
1 Steady Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £867,900 17 Decrease3 England Justin Pipe £177,950 33 Increase1 England Dean Winstanley £71,900
2 Steady England Phil Taylor £747,850 18 Steady England Terry Jenkins £140,650 34 Increase1 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £65,200
3 Steady England Adrian Lewis £362,700 19 Increase1 England Kevin Painter £137,550 35 Decrease2 England Mark Walsh £60,950
4 Steady Australia Simon Whitlock £343,850 20 Increase1 England Jamie Caven £137,400 36 Increase2 England Darren Webster £55,050
5 Steady Scotland Peter Wright £288,300 21 Decrease2 England Steve Beaton £136,550 37 Decrease1 Wales Jamie Lewis £55,000
6 Steady England James Wade £233,450 22 Increase1 Australia Paul Nicholson £128,850 38 Decrease1 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts £52,200
7 Increase3 Scotland Gary Anderson £229,050 23 Decrease2 England Ronnie Baxter £114,300 39 Increase1 Austria Mensur Suljović £45,150
8 Increase1 England Dave Chisnall £223,550 24 Steady Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £106,250 40 Increase5 England Stephen Bunting £43,250
9 Decrease1 Scotland Robert Thornton £219,050 25 Increase1 England Michael Smith £97,950 41 Decrease2 England Colin Osborne £42,350
10 Decrease3 England Andy Hamilton £215,600 26 Decrease1 Wales Mark Webster £89,800 42 Steady Scotland John Henderson £38,600
11 Steady England Wes Newton £214,150 27 Increase3 Wales Richie Burnett £89,050 43 Decrease2 England Joe Cullen £37,350
12 Steady Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £198,750 28 Decrease1 England Andy Smith £88,900 44 Decrease1 England Arron Monk £37,300
13 Steady England Mervyn King £193,800 29 Decrease1 Canada John Part £88,850 45 Decrease1 Northern Ireland Michael Mansell £36,500
14 Increase1 England Ian White £182,600 30 Decrease1 England Colin Lloyd £79,800 46 Steady England Andrew Gilding £35,800
15 Increase1 Netherlands Raymond v. Barneveld £180,850 31 Steady England Stuart Kellett £73,800 47 Steady England Scott Rand £29,650
16 Increase1 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £178,800 32 Increase2 England Wayne Jones £72,100 48 Steady England John Bowles £28,400
Rank Player Money Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
49 Steady England Steve Brown £27,450 65 Steady Finland Jarkko Komula £18,500 81 Steady England Darren Johnson £8,800
50 Steady England Kevin McDine £27,000 66 Steady Netherlands Gino Vos £17,850 82 Steady England Paul Amos £8,300
51 Steady England Dennis Smith £26,400 67 Steady England Dennis Priestley £17,100 83 Steady England Ben Ward £8,000
52 Increase1 England Ross Smith £24,050 68 Steady Republic of Ireland William O'Connor £15,750 84 Steady England Joey Palfreyman £7,900
53 Increase1 England Andy Jenkins £24,000 69 Steady Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney £14,900 85 Steady Scotland Jim Walker £7,850
54 Increase1 England Ricky Evans £22,300 70 Steady England Denis Ovens £14,900 86 Steady Spain Antonio Alcinas £7,350
55 Increase1 England Pete Hudson £21,900 71 Steady England James Richardson £14,600 87 Steady Hong Kong Royden Lam £7,350
56 Increase1 England Mark Dudbridge £21,650 72 Steady Germany Jyhan Artut £14,100 88 Steady England Adam Hunt £7,000
57 Increase1 Sweden Magnus Caris £20,650 73 Steady England Joe Murnan £14,100 89 Steady England Chris Aubrey £6,750
58 Increase1 England Johnny Haines £20,350 74 Steady England Keegan Brown £13,600 90 Steady England Aden Kirk £6,250
59 Decrease7 England James Hubbard £20,300 75 Steady Netherlands Benito van de Pas £13,500 91 Steady England Steve Maish £6,250
60 Steady Republic of Ireland Connie Finnan £19,800 76 Steady England Steve West £13,450 92 Steady England Kirk Shepherd £6,100
61 Steady Netherlands Jerry Hendriks £19,800 77 Steady Netherlands Mareno Michels £13,200 93 Steady Australia Kyle Anderson £6,000
62 Steady England David Pallett £19,700 78 Steady England Michael Barnard £11,900 94 Steady England Alex Roy £6,000
63 Steady Netherlands Christian Kist £19,500 79 Steady England Kevin Dowling £11,150 95 Steady Germany Andree Welge £5,950
64 Steady England Nigel Heydon £18,700 80 Steady England Josh Payne £9,150 96 Steady Netherlands Ryan de Vreede £5,650

Next Update on 8 September 2014 European Darts Grand Prix.

Current PDC ProTour Order of Merit[edit]

Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
1 Scotland Gary Anderson £94,000 17 England Jamie Caven £43,250
2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £83,500 18 England Michael Smith £40,500
3 Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £83,000 19 England Terry Jenkins £37,000
4 Scotland Peter Wright £82,500 20 England Andy Hamilton £36,500
5 Scotland Robert Thornton £76,750 21 England Wes Newton £34,250
6 England Dave Chisnall £70,500 22 England Kevin Painter £33,250
7 England Steve Beaton £64,250 23 England Dean Winstanley £31,500
8 England Ian White £63,500 24 England Ronnie Baxter £30,750
9 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £62,500 25 England Stephen Bunting £30,250
10 Australia Simon Whitlock £59,750 26 Netherlands Raymond v. Barneveld £29,750
11 England Phil Taylor £54,750 27 England Darren Webster £27,000
12 England Mervyn King £50,750 28 England Andy Smith £25,000
13 England Adrian Lewis £49,750 29 England Andrew Gilding £24,250
14 England James Wade £47,750 30 England Wayne Jones £23,250
15 England Justin Pipe £46,750 31 Australia Paul Nicholson £22,750
16 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £45,750 32 Wales Richie Burnett £21,000

The ProTour Order of Merit consists of prize money won in Players Championship events, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events. It is used to determine qualification for all Premier Events except for the UK Open,[1] which makes use of a separate UK Open Order of Merit:

  • The top 8 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the European Championship.
  • The top 32 players in the ProTour Order of Merit gain entry to the Players Championship Finals.
  • The top 14 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Grand Prix.
  • The top 16 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Matchplay.
  • The top 16 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Championship.

Current European, Scandinavian and North American Order of Merit[edit]

European Pro Tour [2] Scandinavian Pro Tour [3] North American Pro Tour [4]
Rank Player Money Rank Player Money   Rank Player Money
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £91,600 1 Finland Jarkko Komula €3,325 1 United States Darin Young $21,000
2 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £48,950 2 Finland Jani Haavisto €3,200 2 United States Larry Butler $11,000
3 Netherlands Ray van Barneveld £40,700 3 Finland Marko Kantele €1,650 3 Canada Dan Olson $9,200
4 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £20,000 4 Finland Ulf Ceder €1,525 4 Canada Andre Carman $5,300
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £14,400 5 Finland Vesa Nuutinen €1,500 5 United States Chris White $5,200
6 Austria Mensur Suljovic £10,700 6 Finland Ali Roberts €1,225 6 Canada Shaun Narain $4,500
7 Germany Max Hopp £8,600 7 Sweden Peter Sajwani €1,150 7 Canada Bernie Miller $4,400
8 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts £7,550 8 Finland Kim Viljanen €1,025 8 Canada John Part $4,240
9 Sweden Magnus Caris £6,950 9 Finland Sami Sanssi €900 9 United States Ryan Barnette $3,500
10 Finland Jarkko Komula £6,250 10 Finland Uki Takkinen €800 10 United States Ralph McCool $3,100
11 Germany Tomas Seyler £5,600 11 Sweden Magnus Caris €775 11 Canada Ross Snook $2,800
12 Netherlands Gino Vos £5,200 12 Sweden Johan Engstrom €725 12 Canada Jim Long $2,300
13 Germany Jyhan Artut £5,150 13 Denmark Niels Jorgen Hansen €600 13 United States Gary Mawson $2,200
14 Netherlands Jerry Hendriks £4,900 14 Denmark Per Laursen €525 14 Canada Wayne Kelly $2,200
15 Netherlands Leon de Geus £4,650 15 Denmark Dennis Lindskjold €500 15 Canada Bob Sinnaeve $1,800
16 Netherlands Mareno Michels £4,400 16 Latvia Madars Razma €425 16 United States Steve Panuncialman $1,650
  • The European Order of Merit is accurate as of 22 April 2014, 2014 PDC European Tour Event 3.
  • The Scandinavian Order of Merit is accurate as of 28 April 2014, SDC Pro Tour 4,5,6.
  • The North American Order of Merit is accurate as of 25 November 2013, New World Dart Series #3 New Orleans.

Player exemptions[edit]

The PDC rankings determine exemptions from the qualifying competitions from each major event:

  • The top 16 in early July get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Matchplay (as a seeded player).
  • The top 16 in early July get an automatic entry to the first round of the European Championship (top-8 as seeded players).
  • The top 16 in late September get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Grand Prix (top-8 as seeded players).
  • The top 32 in early December get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Championship (as a seeded player).
  • The top 4 after the World Championship get an automatic entry to the Premier League.

Televised Ranking Tournaments[edit]

There is often a lot of confusion with televised tournaments and knowing which ones count towards the PDC Order of Merit. While a lot of televised tournaments are ranked, some are not, usually due to the tournament in question having restricted places e.g. Premier League.

Ranked Tournaments

European Tour (Ranked)

Un-ranked Tournaments

World Series of Darts (Un-ranked)

‡Two editions of the World Grand Prix were held in England. †One edition of the European Championship was held in the Netherlands. †One edition of the World Cup of Darts was held in England.

Note: Flags are of the nation in which the event is held.

Previous world ranking system[edit]

Under the previous ranking points system, Colin Lloyd was the world number one player in the PDC for most of 2005 and 2006, despite most of the major titles being shared between Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and John Part. Although Lloyd also won two major titles, he often accumulated ranking points in the less prestigious non-televised events, in which Taylor did not always compete. Similarly, Alan Warriner was world number one on four separate occasions before ever winning his first and only PDC major, the 2001 Grand Prix, while Taylor won eight world championships and a host of other titles during that period.

Previous World Number Ones[edit]

Player Year(s) in which player stood #1 [5]
England Phil Taylor 1996, 2000, 2002-2004, 2009-2013 (13)
England Alan Warriner 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 (6)
England Rod Harrington 1995, 1996, 1998–2000 (5)
England Colin Lloyd 2005–2007 (3)
England Dennis Priestley 1994, 1995 (2)
England Peter Manley 2000, 2001 (2)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2014 (1)
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2008 (1)
Canada John Part 2003 (1)

First WDC/PDC rankings[edit]

Following the World Darts Council (now PDC) split from the British Darts Organisation during 1992-94 the WDC drew up its first ranking list in the run-up to its inaugural 1994 World Championship. Mike Gregory and Chris Johns later went back to the BDO set up and Bobby George and many of the non-UK players never competed in the early days of the WDC.[citation needed]

Ranking Player   Ranking Player
1 England Alan Warriner 16 Denmark Jann Hoffmann
2 England Rod Harrington = Wales Chris Johns
3 England Phil Taylor = Netherlands Roland Scholten
4 England John Lowe 19 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
5 England Mike Gregory = England Keith Deller
6 England Peter Evison 21 England Bobby George
7 England Kevin Spiolek 22 Denmark Per Skau
= England Dennis Priestley 23 Germany Bernd Hebecker
9 England Bob Anderson = Germany Andree Welge
10 Scotland Jocky Wilson = Belgium Pascal Rabau
11 Scotland Jamie Harvey 26 Belgium Leo Laurens
12 England Eric Bristow = Netherlands Bert Vlaardingerbroek
13 England Cliff Lazarenko = Republic of Ireland Tom Kirby
14 Sweden Magnus Caris = Australia Wayne Weening
= England Steve Beaton = Finland Mauro Levy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Order of Merit Rules; 3.Invitations and Seedings". PDC. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "European Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "SDC Order of Merit". SDC. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "NACT North American Order of Merit". Bullseye News. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "List of Former World Number Ones". PDC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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