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 Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.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 1 December after the Players Championship.
  • 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 £918,100 17 Decrease3 England Justin Pipe £173,200 33 Steady England Stuart Kellett £71,800
2 Steady England Phil Taylor £698,350 18 Decrease2 Belgium Kim Huybrechts £160,600 34 Increase2 England Darren Webster £65,650
3 Steady England Adrian Lewis £387,400 19 Steady England Jamie Caven £158,850 35 Steady England Colin Lloyd £61,950
4 Increase3 Scotland Gary Anderson £330,800 20 Increase1 England Kevin Painter £142,050 36 Increase1 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts £61,200
5 Decrease1 Scotland Peter Wright £303,900 21 Decrease1 England Steve Beaton £141,050 37 Decrease3 England Wayne Jones £59,850
6 Decrease1 England James Wade £292,700 22 Steady England Michael Smith £134,100 38 Steady Wales Jamie Lewis £56,600
7 Decrease1 Australia Simon Whitlock £265,200 23 Steady Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £126,550 39 Steady England Andrew Gilding £52,700
8 Steady England Dave Chisnall £227,650 24 Steady England Ronnie Baxter £107,650 40 Increase1 Austria Mensur Suljović £47,600
9 Steady Scotland Robert Thornton £209,150 25 Steady Australia Paul Nicholson £101,350 41 Decrease1 England Mark Walsh £45,300
10 Steady England Mervyn King £198,100 26 Steady Wales Richie Burnett £96,400 42 Steady Northern Ireland Michael Mansell £40,250
11 Increase1 Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £198,050 27 Increase3 England Dean Winstanley £95,550 43 Steady Scotland John Henderson £39,150
12 Decrease1 England Andy Hamilton £194,600 28 Decrease1 England Stephen Bunting £94,250 44 Steady England Joe Cullen £39,050
13 Increase4 England Wes Newton £192,250 29 Decrease1 England Andy Smith £90,350 45 Steady England Kevin McDine £30,750
14 Decrease1 Netherlands Raymond v. Barneveld £190,150 30 Increase1 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen £88,700 46 Increase7 Netherlands Christian Kist £29,750
15 Steady England Ian White £182,000 31 Decrease2 Canada John Part £86,200 47 Steady England John Bowles £29,600
16 Increase2 England Terry Jenkins £178,250 32 Steady Wales Mark Webster £78,000 48 Steady England Arron Monk £28,900

49 to 96

Rank Player Money Rank Player Money Rank Player Money
49 Steady England Ross Smith £28,450 65 Steady Finland Jarkko Komula £18,500 81 Steady England Darren Johnson £11,050
50 Increase4 Netherlands Benito van de Pas £27,500 66 Steady Sweden Magnus Caris £16,350 82 Steady Australia Kyle Anderson £11,000
51 Decrease1 England Dennis Smith £26,950 67 Steady England Steve West £16,350 83 Steady England Josh Payne £10,650
52 Decrease6 England Colin Osborne £26,850 68 Steady Netherlands Gino Vos £15,750 84 Steady England Dennis Priestley £9,700
53 Decrease2 England Ricky Evans £26,550 69 Steady England Keegan Brown £15,600 85 Steady England Paul Amos £9,550
54 Decrease2 England Steve Brown £26,500 70 Steady England Nigel Heydon £15,100 86 Steady England Chris Aubrey £9,500
55 Steady England David Pallett £23,200 71 Steady England Joe Murnan £14,150 87 Steady Netherlands Ryan de Vreede £8,650
56 Steady England Scott Rand £22,750 72 Steady England James Richardson £13,700 88 Steady Hong Kong Royden Lam £8,350
57 Steady Germany Jyhan Artut £22,600 73 Steady Netherlands Jerry Hendriks £13,000 89 Steady England Ben Ward £8,250
58 Steady England Mark Dudbridge £22,050 74 Steady Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez £13,000 90 Steady Scotland Jim Walker £8,200
59 Steady England Andy Jenkins £21,800 75 Steady England Kevin Dowling £12,900 91 Steady England Joey Palfreyman £8,150
60 Steady Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney £21,400 76 Steady England Denis Ovens £12,750 92 Steady Spain Antonio Alcinas £7,850
61 Steady England Pete Hudson £21,400 77 Steady Wales Gerwyn Price £12,750 93 Steady Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp £7,750
62 Steady England James Hubbard £19,350 78 Steady Republic of Ireland William O'Connor £12,300 94 Steady England Adam Hunt £7,500
63 Steady England Johnny Haines £18,850 79 Steady Netherlands Mareno Michels £12,200 95 Steady Germany Max Hopp £7,250
64 Steady Republic of Ireland Connie Finnan £18,700 80 Steady England Michael Barnard £11,150 96 Steady England Aden Kirk £7,250

Next update on 5 January after the PDC World Darts Championship.

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 [6]
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. ^ "List of Former World Number Ones". PDC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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