PDC Order of Merit Update: Barney back in world’s top ten; Taylor drops to sixth!


Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has returned to the world’s top ten on the PDC Order of Merit following his impressive run to the semi-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

Barney was seeded 12th at the Ally Pally but risked falling to as low as 16th after this event, as he was defending prize money accrued from reaching the semi-finals two years ago. However, the legendary Dutchman produced a vintage showing; reaching his fourth World Championship semi-final within the last five years to climb the rankings once more.

The 49-year-old stormed through to the last 16 with whitewash victories over Robbie Green and Alan Norris, before dumping out the decorated Stoke duo of Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor. Nevertheless, RvB finally succumbed to eventual winner Michael van Gerwen despite averaging 109.34- his highest ever average in a World Championship.

Van Barneveld netted £80,000 by virtue of reaching the last four, which parachutes him above Michael Smith and Robert Thornton on the Order of Merit. Smith and Thornton both competed in last year’s Premier League but their respective toils this year have seen them fall outside the world’s top ten and subsequently miss out on a Premier League wildcard.

Elsewhere, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor has fallen to a career low of sixth on the PDC Order of Merit after his quarter-final defeat to his old adversary Van Barneveld. ‘The Power’ was ranked fourth heading to Ally Pally, but he was defending £120,000 from having reached the final two years prior.

Taylor has been leapfrogged by eight-time major winner James Wade, who now boasts his highest position on the Order of Merit for over two years. ‘The Machine’ has been the pillar of consistency over recent months; reaching the semi’s of the European Championship, the Grand Slam final and the World Championship last eight.

Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen has extended his lead at the top of the PDC Order of Merit after clinching his second world title on Monday evening. Van Gerwen’s total prize money now stands at an incredible £1,832,000, and he leads world number two Gary Anderson by a staggering £1,091,500.

Anderson currently boasts £740,500 in prize money, after ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was denied a third successive world title triumph by MvG. Despite this, Anderson still comfortably leads his compatriot Peter Wright; who he beat in the semi-finals; by £228,250.

Former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting has fallen out of the world’s elite top 16 after his first-round exit at the Alexandra Palace. ‘The Bullet’ reached the quarter-finals here two years ago where he lost out to Raymond van Barneveld, yet his early exit to Darren Webster saw him slip to 19th on the Order of Merit.

However, Webster’s sparkling World Championship display sees him climb to 32nd in the world. ‘The Demolition Man’ reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals in November and continued this fine form to dump out Bunting and Simon Whitlock, before losing out to the imperious MvG in a high-quality last 16 contest.

Northern Irish ace Daryl Gurney is up to a career high of 21st after reaching his maiden World Championship quarter-final. ‘SuperChin’ defeated Jermaine Wattimena, Robert Thornton and Mark Webster to reach the last eight, and Gurney has now set his sights on breaking into the world’s top sixteen in 2017.

Elsewhere, Vincent van der Voort has fallen seven spots to 25th in the world after his first-round exit to former World Youth champion Max Hopp. Van der Voort has admitted he’s considering his future in the sport due to his persistent back problems and as a result he was unable to replicate his quarter-final appearance from 2015.

The PDC Order of Merit table can be viewed below.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

PDC Order of Merit (as at January 2 2017)

Pos Name Prize Money
1 Gerwen, Michael van £1,832,000
2 Anderson, Gary £740,500
3 Wright, Peter £512,250
4 Lewis, Adrian £426,500
5 Wade, James £392,750
6 Taylor, Phil £360,750
7 Chisnall, Dave £354,500
8 Suljovic, Mensur £324,250
9 Klaasen, Jelle £309,500
10 Barneveld, Raymond van £299,500
11 Smith, Michael £290,250
12 Thornton, Robert £283,750
13 Huybrechts, Kim £271,000
14 White, Ian £267,000
15 Pas, Benito van de £251,500
16 Whitlock, Simon £208,750
17 Jenkins, Terry £197,500
18 Norris, Alan £190,750
19 Bunting, Stephen £185,250
20 Price, Gerwyn £182,000
21 Gurney, Daryl £179,750
22 King, Mervyn £171,750
23 Webster, Mark £162,500
24 Dolan, Brendan £156,750
25 Voort, Vincent van der £153,750
26 Pipe, Justin £143,000
27 Beaton, Steve £141,250
28 Cullen, Joe £132,000
29 Caven, Jamie £120,000
30 Anderson, Kyle £118,750
31 Lewis, Jamie £113,250
32 Webster, Darren £107,250
32 Gilding, Andrew £107,250
34 Henderson, John £104,750
35 Reyes, Cristo £100,750
36 Wilson, James £96,250
37 Murnan, Joe £88,750
38 Hopp, Max £84,500
39 Kist, Christian £81,500
40 Green, Robbie £81,000
41 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £77,500
42 Dobey, Chris £76,000
43 West, Steve £75,750
44 Brown, Keegan £70,250
45 Painter, Kevin £68,250
46 Payne, Josh £67,750
47 Huybrechts, Ronny £67,250
48 Evans, Ricky £65,000
49 Wattimena, Jermaine £64,500
50 Petersen, Devon £63,500
51 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £60,750
52 Clayton, Jonny £54,250
53 Hamilton, Andy £53,500
54 Pallett, David £46,500
55 Dekker, Jan £41,500
55 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £41,500
57 Boulton, Andy £39,000
57 Zwaan, Jeffrey de £39,000
59 Newton, Wes £37,750
60 Graaf, Jeffrey de £34,750
61 McGowan, Mick £32,500
61 Jenkins, Andy £32,500
63 Meulenkamp, Ron £31,750
64 O’Connor, William £30,250
65 Frost, Mark £30,000
66 Caris, Magnus £27,000
67 Mansell, Mickey £26,250
68 Winstanley, Dean £25,750
69 Richardson, James £25,500
69 Jones, Wayne £25,500
71 Artut, Jyhan £25,000
72 Kellett, Stuart £23,500
73 Baxter, Ronnie £23,000
74 Smith, Andy £22,750
75 Aspinall, Nathan £21,750
76 Stevenson, Simon £21,000
77 Johnson, Darren £20,250
78 Edgar, Matthew £19,750
79 Derry, Nathan £19,250
80 Peer, Berry van £17,750
81 Heydon, Nigel £16,750
82 Kamphuis, Vincent £16,500
82 Walsh, Mark £16,500
84 Nicholson, Paul £16,000
85 Michael, John £15,250
86 Robinson, Jamie £14,750
87 Horvat, Dragutin £14,500
88 Lerchbacher, Zoran £14,000
89 Wilson, Jason £13,750
90 Zuydwijk, Mike £12,750
91 Viljanen, Kim £12,000
92 Walker, Jim £11,750
93 Meeuwisse, Yordi £11,500
94 Brown, Steve £11,250
95 Bowles, John £11,000
95 Haines, Johnny £11,000
97 Clark, Matt £10,750
97 Decker, Mike De £10,750
97 Newell, Tony £10,750
100 Lovett, Jason £10,500

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