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 Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.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
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.
PDC Order of Merit
- As of March 5 2017
- A live (unofficial) version of the Order of Merit is available on DartsDatabase.co.uk Darts Database
|1||Michael van Gerwen *||£1,728,000|
|2||Gary Anderson *||£744,750|
|3||Peter Wright *||£583,550|
|4||Adrian Lewis *||£407,750|
|5||James Wade *||£381,500|
|6||Dave Chisnall *||£358,250|
|7||Phil Taylor *||£338,000|
|8||Raymond van Barneveld *||£314,000|
|9||Jelle Klaasen *||£310,000|
|12||Kim Huybrechts *||£281,250|
|15||Benito van de Pas||£261,750|
|26||Vincent van der Voort||£144,250|
* Plays in 2017 Premier League Darts.
PDC ProTour Order of Merit
The ProTour Order of Merit counts prize money won in Players Championship events, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events over a 12-month period. It also is a main way to qualify to the major TV tournaments.
- The top 8 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the European Championship.
- 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.
- The top 64 players in the ProTour Order of Merit gain entry to the Players Championship Finals.
- The top 7 European(non-UK) players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the European Championship.
- The top 4 European(non-UK) players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Championship.
- The top 2 nationals of Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Grand Prix.
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)
- Dutch Darts Masters
- German Darts Masters
- Gibraltar Darts Trophy
- European Darts Matchplay
- Austrian Darts Open
- European Darts Open
- International Darts Open
- European Darts Trophy
- European Darts Grand Prix
- German Darts Championship
World Series of Darts (Un-ranked)
- Dubai Darts Masters
- Auckland Darts Masters
- Shanghai Darts Masters
- Tokyo Darts Masters
- Sydney Darts Masters
- Perth Darts Masters
- World Series of Darts Finals
Pairs Tournaments (Un-ranked)
Note: Flags are of the nation in which the 2016 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)|
|Michael van Gerwen||2014–present (3)|
|Dennis Priestley||1994, 1995 (2)|
|Peter Manley||2000, 2001 (2)|
|Raymond van Barneveld||2008 (1)|
|John Part||2003 (1)|
|1||England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner||January 1993||November 1994|
|2||England||Priestley, DennisDennis Priestley||November 1994||April 1995|
|3||England||Harrington, RodRod Harrington||April 1995||August 1996|
|4||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor||August 1996||September 1996|
|England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner (2)||September 1996||August 1998|
|England||Harrington, RodRod Harrington (2)||August 1998||August 2000|
|England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (2)||August 2000||September 2000|
|5||England||Manley, PeterPeter Manley||September 2000||October 2001|
|England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner (3)||October 2001||January 2002|
|England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner (4) and Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (3)||January 2002||February 2002|
|England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner (5)||February 2002||May 2002|
|England||Phil Taylor (4)||May 2002||January 2003|
|6||Canada||Part, JohnJohn Part||January 2003||July 2003|
|England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (5)||July 2003||February 2005|
|7||England||Lloyd, ColinColin Lloyd||February 2005||March 2006|
|England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (6)||March 2006||May 2006|
|England||Lloyd, ColinColin Lloyd (2)||May 2006||January 2007|
|England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (7)||January 2007||January 2008|
|8||Netherlands||van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld||January 2008||June 2008|
|England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (8)||June 2008||January 2014|
|9||Netherlands||van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen||January 2014||Present|
|Current number-one player|
|Used old points system|
Post World Championship number ones
|1994||England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner (1)|
|1995||England||Priestley, DennisDennis Priestley (2)|
|1996||England||Harrington, RodRod Harrington (3)|
|1997||England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner|
|1998||England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner|
|1999||England||Harrington, RodRod Harrington|
|2000||England||Harrington, RodRod Harrington|
|2001||England||Manley, PeterPeter Manley|
|2002||England||Warriner, AlanAlan Warriner and Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor (4)|
|2003||Canada||Part, JohnJohn Part (5)|
|2004||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2005||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2006||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2007||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2008||Netherlands||van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld (6)|
|2009||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2010||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2011||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2012||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2013||England||Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor|
|2014||Netherlands||van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen (7)|
|2015||Netherlands||van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen|
|2016||Netherlands||van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen|
|2017||Netherlands||van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen|
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|
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