PDC Order of Merit Update: Wright & Barney on the rise!

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Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld were two of the biggest movers on the PDC Order of Merit following the conclusion of last weekend’s Grand Slam of Darts, as world number one Michael van Gerwen extended his lead over world champion Gary Anderson.

Peter Wright has risen to a career high of third in the world after his run to the last four in Wolverhampton. Snakebite performed superbly throughout the week and produced a majestic display to defeat Phil Taylor 16-10 in the quarter-finals, subsequently leapfrogging ‘The Power’ in the world rankings.

Wright was highly-fancied by many to claim his maiden PDC major title in Wolverhampton, although he eventually suffered semi-final defeat against an imperious Michael van Gerwen. The Scot averaged 102.13 but it wasn’t enough to overcome ‘The Green Machine’ who posted an astonishing 111.17 average to triumph 16-10.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has moved up to 12th in the world following his run to the quarter-finals at the Wolverhampton Civic. Van Barneveld was in magnificent form throughout the week, finishing with a tournament average of over 100.

The Dutchman topped Group F with victories over Nathan Aspinall, Danny Noppert and Mensur Suljovic, before he saw off BDO world number one Glen Durrant in the last 16. However, Van Barneveld was edged out by world champion Gary Anderson in a quarter-final epic, with Anderson prevailing 16-13.

Despite this, Barney has risen from 14th to 12th on the Order of Merit and is just £23,000 away from breaking back into the world’s top ten, having leapfrogged both Kim Huybrechts and Ian White in the world rankings. Huybrechts failed to qualify for this year’s Grand Slam, whilst White suffered a chastening group-stage exit.

Adrian Lewis has slipped to fifth in the world after enduring a miserable Grand Slam campaign. Despite finishing with a tournament average of 102, Jackpot suffered three straight group-stage defeats against Scott Mitchell, Chris Dobey and Benito van de Pas respectively.

The two-time world champion was ranked third in the world prior to last week, although he has an opportunity to make amends at the Players Championship Finals, particularly in Phil Taylor’s absence. Nevertheless Lewis is defending £35,000 in prize money, having reached the final in Minehead two years ago.

Michael van Gerwen has extended his lead at the top of the PDC Order of Merit after retaining his Grand Slam crown in comprehensive fashion. Van Gerwen has now accrued a total of £1,474,000 in ranking prize money over the last two years, and he leads world number two Gary Anderson by £583,500.

James Wade has cemented his position as world number six by virtue of reaching his first PDC major ranking final for over 18 months at the Grand Slam. ‘The Machine’ was typically tenacious in Wolverhampton, edging out Gary Anderson in the last four before losing out to MvG in the final.

Elsewhere, Brendan Dolan and Chris Dobey have also made strides up the world rankings following their quarter-final appearances in Wolverhampton. Dolan is up to 23rd in the world, whilst Dobey has catapulted up to 48th after reaching his very first TV ranking quarter-final.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

PDC Order of Merit- As at November 22nd 2016

Pos Name Prize Money
1 Gerwen, Michael van £1,474,000
2 Anderson, Gary £890,500
3 Wright, Peter £454,250
3 Taylor, Phil £454,250
5 Lewis, Adrian £449,500
6 Wade, James £365,750
7 Suljovic, Mensur £313,250
8 Thornton, Robert £306,750
9 Chisnall, Dave £297,500
10 Klaasen, Jelle £296,000
11 Smith, Michael £285,250
12 Barneveld, Raymond van £272,000
13 Huybrechts, Kim £256,500
14 White, Ian £253,000
15 Pas, Benito van de £246,500
16 Bunting, Stephen £215,250
17 Jenkins, Terry £202,500
18 Whitlock, Simon £198,750
19 Voort, Vincent van der £190,750
20 Price, Gerwyn £178,000
21 King, Mervyn £167,750
22 Norris, Alan £166,250
23 Dolan, Brendan £151,250
24 Webster, Mark £147,500
25 Gurney, Daryl £144,750
26 Pipe, Justin £137,500
27 Beaton, Steve £134,250
28 Caven, Jamie £131,500
29 Anderson, Kyle £130,750
30 Cullen, Joe £115,500
31 Henderson, John £100,750
32 Gilding, Andrew £100,250
33 Reyes, Cristo £99,750
34 Lewis, Jamie £99,250
35 Wilson, James £84,250
36 Brown, Keegan £80,250
37 Hopp, Max £79,500
38 Webster, Darren £78,250
39 Murnan, Joe £76,750
40 Hamilton, Andy £73,500
41 Kist, Christian £72,000
42 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £70,500
43 Huybrechts, Ronny £67,250
44 Painter, Kevin £65,250
45 West, Steve £63,750
46 Newton, Wes £62,750
47 Green, Robbie £59,500
48 Dobey, Chris £57,000
49 Winstanley, Dean £55,250
50 Pallett, David £54,500
51 Evans, Ricky £53,000
52 Petersen, Devon £51,500
53 Payne, Josh £50,250
54 Wattimena, Jermaine £49,500
55 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £45,750
56 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £41,500
57 Boulton, Andy £39,000
57 Zwaan, Jeffrey de £39,000
59 Smith, Andy £37,750
60 Baxter, Ronnie £37,000
61 Dekker, Jan £36,500
62 Clayton, Jonny £35,250
63 Jones, Wayne £33,500
64 Artut, Jyhan £33,000
65 Mansell, Mickey £32,250
66 Kellett, Stuart £31,500
67 Jenkins, Andy £30,500
68 O’Connor, William £30,250
69 Richardson, James £25,500
70 Nicholson, Paul £24,000
71 Aspinall, Nathan £21,750
72 Johnson, Darren £20,250
73 Frost, Mark £20,000
74 Graaf, Jeffrey de £19,750
75 Derry, Nathan £19,250
76 Edgar, Matthew £17,750
77 McGowan, Mick £17,500
78 Caris, Magnus £17,000
79 Heydon, Nigel £16,750
80 Robinson, Jamie £14,750
81 Walsh, Mark £14,500
81 Stevenson, Simon £14,500
83 Meulenkamp, Ron £14,250
84 Part, John £14,000
85 Peer, Berry van £12,750
85 Zuydwijk, Mike £12,750
87 Walker, Jim £11,750
87 Wilson, Jason £11,750
89 Kamphuis, Vincent £11,500
89 Meeuwisse, Yordi £11,500
91 Haines, Johnny £11,000
92 Clark, Matt £10,750
92 Decker, Mike De £10,750
92 Newell, Tony £10,750
95 Lovett, Jason £10,500
96 Hudson, Peter £10,250
97 Evetts, Ted £9,750
98 Brown, Steve £9,250
99 Meikle, Ryan £9,000
99 Tabern, Alan £9,000
101 Corner, Richie £8,750
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