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 Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.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

PDC Order of Merit[edit]

Rank Player Money
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen * £1,728,000
2 Scotland Gary Anderson * £744,750
3 Scotland Peter Wright * £583,550
4 England Adrian Lewis * £407,750
5 England James Wade * £381,500
6 England Dave Chisnall * £358,250
7 England Phil Taylor * £338,000
8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld * £314,000
9 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen * £310,000
10 Austria Mensur Suljović £309,250
11 England Michael Smith £292,250
12 Belgium Kim Huybrechts * £281,250
13 Scotland Robert Thornton £275,500
14 England Ian White £274,250
15 Netherlands Benito van de Pas £261,750
16 Australia Simon Whitlock £248,000
17 Wales Gerwyn Price £224,500
18 England Alan Norris £218,000
19 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney £201,750
20 England Terry Jenkins £192,750
21 England Mervyn King £174,250
22 England Stephen Bunting £164,500
23 Wales Mark Webster £162,750
24 Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan £154,000
25 England Steve Beaton £148,000
26 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort £144,250
27 England Joe Cullen £137,750
28 England Justin Pipe £137,250
29 Australia Kyle Anderson £122,000
30 England Jamie Caven £117,500
31 Wales Jamie Lewis £116,250
32 England Darren Webster £115,000

* Plays in 2017 Premier League Darts.

PDC ProTour Order of Merit[edit]

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.

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)

Pairs Tournaments (Un-ranked)

Note: Flags are of the nation in which the 2016 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
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)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2014–present (3)
England Dennis Priestley 1994, 1995 (2)
England Peter Manley 2000, 2001 (2)
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2008 (1)
Canada John Part 2003 (1)

Periods[edit]

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No. Nationality Player(s) From To
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
Key
Current number-one player
Used old points system

Post World Championship number ones[edit]

Year Nationality Player(s)
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[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. ^ "2015 Grand Slam of Darts becomes a ranked tournament". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Masters held in Milton Keynes". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Champions League of Darts: BBC to broadcast inaugural tournament". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "List of Former World Number Ones". PDPA. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

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