PDC Order of Merit
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 Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.
- 1 How it works
- 2 Current PDC Order of Merit
- 3 Current PDC ProTour Order of Merit
- 4 Current European, Scandinavian and North American Order of Merit
- 5 Player exemptions
- 6 Televised Ranking Tournaments
- 7 Previous world ranking system
- 8 Previous World Number Ones
- 9 First WDC/PDC rankings
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
How it works
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
- As at 22 March 2015 (unless stated) after the European Tour Event 2.
- A live (unofficial) version of the Order of Merit is available on DartsDatabase.co.uk Darts Database. 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.
1 to 48
|1||Michael van Gerwen||£1,019,350||17 1||Vincent van der Voort||£170,200||33||Darren Webster||£72,500|
|2||Phil Taylor||£607,900||18 1||Jamie Caven||£169,450||34||Mensur Suljović||£72,500|
|3||Gary Anderson||£589,250||19||Andy Hamilton||£169,200||35||Jamie Lewis||£71,000|
|4||Adrian Lewis||£430,150||20||Michael Smith||£166,450||36||Wayne Jones||£64,000|
|5||Peter Wright||£360,050||21||Wes Newton||£157,200||37||Stuart Kellett||£62,650|
|6||James Wade||£283,350||22||Stephen Bunting||£155,250||38||John Henderson||£60,800|
|7||Simon Whitlock||£251,350||23||Steve Beaton||£145,750||39||John Part||£58,150|
|8||Robert Thornton||£239,000||24||Kevin Painter||£137,500||40||Benito van de Pas||£57,750|
|9||Dave Chisnall||£231,150||25||Jelle Klaasen||£116,750||41 2||Christian Kist||£43,500|
|10||Mervyn King||£217,150||26||Dean Winstanley||£106,150||42 1||Joe Cullen||£43,450|
|11||Brendan Dolan||£210,000||27||Ronnie Baxter||£98,950||43 1||Colin Lloyd||£43,350|
|12||Ian White||£202,800||28||Andy Smith||£95,200||44||Michael Mansell||£42,800|
|13||Raymond v. Barneveld||£197,500||29||Paul Nicholson||£92,750||45||Daryl Gurney||£38,250|
|14||Terry Jenkins||£192,750||30||Andrew Gilding||£89,750||46||David Pallett||£35,750|
|15 1||Justin Pipe||£183,000||31||Mark Webster||£82,100||47 2||Kyle Anderson||£33,750|
|16 1||Kim Huybrechts||£181,400||32||Ronny Huybrechts||£76,400||48||Keegan Brown||£33,700|
49 to 96 (as of 8 March 2015)
49 to 96
|49 2||Kevin McDine||£33,650||65 29||Devon Petersen||£15
,750 || || 81 7 || Tony Newell || £5,750
|50||Mark Walsh||£29,150||66 1||Jason Hogg||£10,750||82 6||Matt Padgett||£5,250|
|51 3||Jyhan Artut||£29,100||67 1||Brian Woods||£9,250||83 6||Pete Dyos||£5,000|
|52 1||Ricky Evans||£29,100||68 2||Ben Ward||£8,750||84 3||Alan Norris||£3,250|
|53 4||Ross Smith||£28,700||69 12||Eddie Dootson||£8,250||85 13||Nathan Aspinall||£4,250|
|54 2||Dennis Smith||£27,200||70 3||Adam Hunt||£8,250||86 12||Nathan Derry||£4,250|
|55 3||Max Hopp||£23,000||71 4||Joe Murnan||£7,000||87 37||Josh Payne||£3,750|
|56 1||Mark Dudbridge||£22,550||72 3||Terry Temple||£7,000||88 3||Joey ten Berge||£3,750|
|57 2||Gerwyn Price||£21,250||73 3||Andy Parsons||£6,750||89 10||Kevin Voornhout||£3,500|
|58 2||Rowby-John Rodriguez||£21,000||74 3||Steve Hine||£6,500||90 9||Andy Boulton||£3,250|
|59 2||Steve Brown||£20,550||75 21||William O'Connor||£6,500||91 9||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£3,250|
|60 4||Arron Monk||£20,100||76 3||James Wilson||£6,500||92 9||Dave Ladley||£3,250|
|61 4||John Bowles||£19,900||77 5||Jamie Bain||£6,250||93 7||Mark Cox||£3,000|
|62||Cristo Reyes||£19,000||78||Mark Barilli||£6,250||94 4||Ryan Harrington||£2,750|
|63||Connie Finnan||£18,800||79 19||Jan Dekker||£6,250||95 8||Conan Whitehead||£2,750|
|64||Colin Osborne||£16,600||80 7||Mick Todd||£6,000||96 12||Andy Jenkins||£2,500|
Next update on 6 April after European Tour Event 3.
Current PDC ProTour Order of Merit
- As of 1 December 2014.
|1||Gary Anderson||£113,250||17||Terry Jenkins||£38,250|
|2||Michael van Gerwen||£104,750||18||Steve Beaton||£38,250|
|3||Michael Smith||£68,000||19||Dave Chisnall||£36,250|
|4||Peter Wright||£64,500||20||Andy Hamilton||£35,500|
|5||James Wade||£64,000||21||Dean Winstanley||£34,500|
|6||Robert Thornton||£63,750||22||Jamie Caven||£32,750|
|7||Brendan Dolan||£62,250||23||Wes Newton||£26,750|
|8||Mervyn King||£56,500||24||Ronnie Baxter||£25,250|
|9||Phil Taylor||£55,500||25||Andrew Gilding||£25,000|
|10||Justin Pipe||£54,000||26||Kevin Painter||£21,250|
|11||Ian White||£53,250||27||Darren Webster||£20,750|
|12||Simon Whitlock||£52,500||28||Jelle Klaasen||£20,250|
|13||Vincent van der Voort||£47,750||29||Benito van de Pas||£19,500|
|14||Adrian Lewis||£47,500||30||Andy Smith||£19,250|
|15||Kim Huybrechts||£44,000||31||Raymond van Barneveld||£17,750|
|16||Stephen Bunting||£40,750||32||Christian Kist||£17,750|
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, 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.
|European Pro Tour ||Scandinavian Pro Tour ||North American Pro Tour |
|1||Michael van Gerwen||£58,000||1||Jarkko Komula||€3,325||1||Darin Young||$17,400|
|2||Kim Huybrechts||£31,500||2||Jani Haavisto||€3,200||2||Larry Butler||$11,100|
|3||Mensur Suljović||£9,500||3||Marko Kantele||€1,650||3||Dan Olson||$9,600|
|4||Raymond van Barneveld||£8,500||4||Ulf Ceder||€1,525||4||Chris White||$4,900|
|5||Jelle Klaasen||£7,500||5||Vesa Nuutinen||€1,500||5||Scott Wollaston||$4,700|
|6||Vincent van der Voort||£6,500||6||Ali Roberts||€1,225||6||Bernie Miller||$4,700|
|7||Ronny Huybrechts||£4,000||7||Peter Sajwani||€1,150||7||Shaun Narain||$4,500|
|8||Max Hopp||£4,000||8||Kim Viljanen||€1,025||8||Andre Carman||$3,700|
|9||Mareno Michels||£3,500||9||Sami Sanssi||€900||9||Ryan Barnette||$3,200|
|10||Jarkko Komula||£3,500||10||Uki Takkinen||€800||10||Ralph McCool||$2,900|
|11||Tomas Seyler||£3,500||11||Magnus Caris||€775||11||Jim Long||$2,300|
|12||Leon de Geus||£3,000||12||Johan Engstrom||€725||12||Wayne Kelly||$2,200|
|13||Jyhan Artut||£3,000||13||Niels Jorgen Hansen||€600||13||Stephen Panucialman||$2,050|
|14||Maik Langendorf||£2,500||14||Per Laursen||€525||14||Bob Sinnaeve||$2,000|
|15||Michael Hurtz||£2,000||15||Dennis Lindskjold||€500||15||John Part||$1,600|
|16||Kurt van de Rijck||£2,000||16||Madars Razma||€425||16||Ron Miller||$1,500|
- The European Order of Merit is accurate as of 28 October 2014.
- 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 October 2014,.
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
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.
- World Championship
- UK Open (and associated UK Open Qualifiers)
- World Matchplay
- † European Championship (and associated European Tour events)
- ‡ World Grand Prix
- Grand Slam of Darts 
- Players Championship Finals (and associated Players Championships events)
European Tour (Ranked)
- German Darts Championship
- Dutch Darts Masters
- German Darts Masters
- Austrian Darts Open
- Gibraltar Darts Trophy
- European Darts Open
- European Darts Grand Prix
- European Darts Trophy
World Series of Darts (Un-ranked)
Note: Flags are of the nation in which the event is held.
Previous world ranking system
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
|Player||Year(s) in which player stood #1 |
|Phil Taylor||1996, 2000, 2002-2004, 2009-2013 (13)|
|Alan Warriner||1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 (6)|
|Rod Harrington||1995, 1996, 1998–2000 (5)|
|Colin Lloyd||2005–2007 (3)|
|Dennis Priestley||1994, 1995 (2)|
|Peter Manley||2000, 2001 (2)|
|Michael van Gerwen||2014 (1)|
|Raymond van Barneveld||2008 (1)|
|John Part||2003 (1)|
First WDC/PDC rankings
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.
|1||Alan Warriner||16||Jann Hoffmann|
|2||Rod Harrington||=||Chris Johns|
|3||Phil Taylor||=||Roland Scholten|
|4||John Lowe||19||Raymond van Barneveld|
|5||Mike Gregory||=||Keith Deller|
|6||Peter Evison||21||Bobby George|
|7||Kevin Spiolek||22||Per Skau|
|=||Dennis Priestley||23||Bernd Hebecker|
|9||Bob Anderson||=||Andree Welge|
|10||Jocky Wilson||=||Pascal Rabau|
|11||Jamie Harvey||26||Leo Laurens|
|12||Eric Bristow||=||Bert Vlaardingerbroek|
|13||Cliff Lazarenko||=||Tom Kirby|
|14||Magnus Caris||=||Wayne Weening|
|=||Steve Beaton||=||Mauro Levy|
- "ProTour Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Order of Merit Rules; 3.Invitations and Seedings". PDC. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "European Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "North American Order of Merit". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- "2015 Grand Slam of Darts becomes a ranked tournament". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "2015 Masters held in Milton Keynes". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "List of Former World Number Ones". PDC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2012.