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 Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.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 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

Rank Player Money Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
1 Steady Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £1,019,350 17 Increase1 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £170,200 33 Steady England Darren Webster £72,500
2 Steady England Phil Taylor £607,900 18 Decrease1 England Jamie Caven £169,450 34 Steady Austria Mensur Suljović £72,500
3 Steady Scotland Gary Anderson £589,250 19 Steady England Andy Hamilton £169,200 35 Steady Wales Jamie Lewis £71,000
4 Steady England Adrian Lewis £430,150 20 Steady England Michael Smith £166,450 36 Steady England Wayne Jones £64,000
5 Steady Scotland Peter Wright £360,050 21 Steady England Wes Newton £157,200 37 Steady England Stuart Kellett £62,650
6 Steady England James Wade £283,350 22 Steady England Stephen Bunting £155,250 38 Steady Scotland John Henderson £60,800
7 Steady Australia Simon Whitlock £251,350 23 Steady England Steve Beaton £145,750 39 Steady Canada John Part £58,150
8 Steady Scotland Robert Thornton £239,000 24 Steady England Kevin Painter £137,500 40 Steady Netherlands Benito van de Pas £57,750
9 Steady England Dave Chisnall £231,150 25 Steady Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £116,750 41 Increase2 Netherlands Christian Kist £43,500
10 Steady England Mervyn King £217,150 26 Steady England Dean Winstanley £106,150 42 Decrease1 England Joe Cullen £43,450
11 Steady Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £210,000 27 Steady England Ronnie Baxter £98,950 43 Decrease1 England Colin Lloyd £43,350
12 Steady England Ian White £202,800 28 Steady England Andy Smith £95,200 44 Steady Northern Ireland Michael Mansell £42,800
13 Steady Netherlands Raymond v. Barneveld £197,500 29 Steady Australia Paul Nicholson £92,750 45 Steady Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney £38,250
14 Steady England Terry Jenkins £192,750 30 Steady England Andrew Gilding £89,750 46 Steady England David Pallett £35,750
15 Increase1 England Justin Pipe £183,000 31 Steady Wales Mark Webster £82,100 47 Increase2 Australia Kyle Anderson £33,750
16 Decrease1 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £181,400 32 Steady Belgium Ronny Huybrechts £76,400 48 Steady England Keegan Brown £33,700

49 to 96 (as of 8 March 2015)

49 to 96

Rank Player Money Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
49 Decrease2 England Kevin McDine £33,650 65 Increase29 South Africa Devon Petersen £15

,750 || || 81 Decrease7 || England Tony Newell || £5,750

50 Steady England Mark Walsh £29,150 66 Decrease1 Scotland Jason Hogg £10,750 82 Decrease6 England Matt Padgett £5,250
51 Decrease3 Germany Jyhan Artut £29,100 67 Increase1 England Brian Woods £9,250 83 Decrease6 England Pete Dyos £5,000
52 Increase1 England Ricky Evans £29,100 68 Decrease2 England Ben Ward £8,750 84 Decrease3 England Alan Norris £3,250
53 Decrease4 England Ross Smith £28,700 69 Increase12 England Eddie Dootson £8,250 85 Increase13 England Nathan Aspinall £4,250
54 Decrease2 England Dennis Smith £27,200 70 Decrease3 England Adam Hunt £8,250 86 Increase12 England Nathan Derry £4,250
55 Increase3 Germany Max Hopp £23,000 71 Increase4 England Joe Murnan £7,000 87 Increase37 England Josh Payne £3,750
56 Decrease1 England Mark Dudbridge £22,550 72 Decrease3 England Terry Temple £7,000 88 Increase3 Netherlands Joey ten Berge £3,750
57 Increase2 Wales Gerwyn Price £21,250 73 Decrease3 England Andy Parsons £6,750 89 Decrease10 Netherlands Kevin Voornhout £3,500
58 Increase2 Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez £21,000 74 Decrease3 England Steve Hine £6,500 90 Decrease9 England Andy Boulton £3,250
59 Decrease2 England Steve Brown £20,550 75 Increase21 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor £6,500 91 Decrease9 Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan £3,250
60 Decrease4 England Arron Monk £20,100 76 Increase3 England James Wilson £6,500 92 Decrease9 England Dave Ladley £3,250
61 Decrease4 England John Bowles £19,900 77 Decrease5 Scotland Jamie Bain £6,250 93 Decrease7 England Mark Cox £3,000
62 Steady Spain Cristo Reyes £19,000 78 Steady Scotland Mark Barilli £6,250 94 Increase4 England Ryan Harrington £2,750
63 Steady Republic of Ireland Connie Finnan £18,800 79 Increase19 Netherlands Jan Dekker £6,250 95 Decrease8 England Conan Whitehead £2,750
64 Steady England Colin Osborne £16,600 80 Decrease7 England Mick Todd £6,000 96 Increase12 England Andy Jenkins £2,500

Next update on 6 April after European Tour Event 3.

Current PDC ProTour Order of Merit[edit]

  • As of 1 December 2014.[1]
Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
1 Scotland Gary Anderson £113,250 17 England Terry Jenkins £38,250
2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £104,750 18 England Steve Beaton £38,250
3 England Michael Smith £68,000 19 England Dave Chisnall £36,250
4 Scotland Peter Wright £64,500 20 England Andy Hamilton £35,500
5 England James Wade £64,000 21 England Dean Winstanley £34,500
6 Scotland Robert Thornton £63,750 22 England Jamie Caven £32,750
7 Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £62,250 23 England Wes Newton £26,750
8 England Mervyn King £56,500 24 England Ronnie Baxter £25,250
9 England Phil Taylor £55,500 25 England Andrew Gilding £25,000
10 England Justin Pipe £54,000 26 England Kevin Painter £21,250
11 England Ian White £53,250 27 England Darren Webster £20,750
12 Australia Simon Whitlock £52,500 28 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £20,250
13 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £47,750 29 Netherlands Benito van de Pas £19,500
14 England Adrian Lewis £47,500 30 England Andy Smith £19,250
15 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £44,000 31 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld £17,750
16 England Stephen Bunting £40,750 32 Netherlands 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,[2] 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 [3] Scandinavian Pro Tour [4] North American Pro Tour [5]
Rank Player Money Rank Player Money   Rank Player Money
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen £58,000 1 Finland Jarkko Komula €3,325 1 United States Darin Young $17,400
2 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £31,500 2 Finland Jani Haavisto €3,200 2 United States Larry Butler $11,100
3 Austria Mensur Suljović £9,500 3 Finland Marko Kantele €1,650 3 Canada Dan Olson $9,600
4 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld £8,500 4 Finland Ulf Ceder €1,525 4 United States Chris White $4,900
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £7,500 5 Finland Vesa Nuutinen €1,500 5 United States Scott Wollaston $4,700
6 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £6,500 6 Finland Ali Roberts €1,225 6 Canada Bernie Miller $4,700
7 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts £4,000 7 Sweden Peter Sajwani €1,150 7 Canada Shaun Narain $4,500
8 Germany Max Hopp £4,000 8 Finland Kim Viljanen €1,025 8 Canada Andre Carman $3,700
9 Netherlands Mareno Michels £3,500 9 Finland Sami Sanssi €900 9 United States Ryan Barnette $3,200
10 Finland Jarkko Komula £3,500 10 Finland Uki Takkinen €800 10 United States Ralph McCool $2,900
11 Germany Tomas Seyler £3,500 11 Sweden Magnus Caris €775 11 Canada Jim Long $2,300
12 Netherlands Leon de Geus £3,000 12 Sweden Johan Engstrom €725 12 Canada Wayne Kelly $2,200
13 Germany Jyhan Artut £3,000 13 Denmark Niels Jorgen Hansen €600 13 United States Stephen Panucialman $2,050
14 Austria Maik Langendorf £2,500 14 Denmark Per Laursen €525 14 Canada Bob Sinnaeve $2,000
15 Germany Michael Hurtz £2,000 15 Denmark Dennis Lindskjold €500 15 Canada John Part $1,600
16 Belgium Kurt van de Rijck £2,000 16 Latvia Madars Razma €425 16 United States 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,.

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 [8]
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. ^ "ProTour Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Order of Merit Rules; 3.Invitations and Seedings". PDC. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "European Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "SDC Order of Merit". SDC. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "North American Order of Merit". Darts Database. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "2015 Grand Slam of Darts becomes a ranked tournament". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "2015 Masters held in Milton Keynes". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "List of Former World Number Ones". PDC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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