2017 UK Open Order of Merit Update!

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Peter Wright tops the provisional UK Open Order of Merit after winning two of the opening three qualifiers at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan last weekend. Snakebite defeated Adrian Lewis on Friday, before surviving two-missed match darts from Michael Smith to triumph in Sunday’s finale.

The Scot has accrued £21,500 in prize money over the first-triple header and is well placed to be the top seed in Minehead. The final three qualifiers take place next weekend, and a host of big names are under significant pressure to seal their spots in the tournament dubbed ‘The FA Cup of Darts’.

After the conclusion of the six qualification events, the top 96 players on the Order of Merit will qualify for the televised UK Open Finals in March. The top 32 players will enter the competition in the third-round; players ranked 33rd-64th will compete in round-two, whilst players from 65th-96th will begin their campaigns in the opening round.

Simon Whitlock sits in second position after he prevailed in the second UK Open qualifier. ‘The Wizard’ enjoyed a welcome return to form during the latter stages of 2016, and the Aussie defeated Wright en route to winning his third Pro Tour title within four months, at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Michael Smith is third after reaching his first PDC ranking final since the Austrian Darts Open in June 2016. ‘Bully-Boy’ was left to rue two missed match darts against Wright in Sunday’s final, but he defeated James Wade and Adrian Lewis earlier in the day to mark his return to form in impressive fashion.

Two-time world champions Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis are joint fourth on the Order of Merit, after each reaching one final over the weekend, and they’re closely trailed in fifth place by former Lakeside world champion Steve Beaton.

‘The Bronzed Adonis’ performed tremendously throughout the qualification triple-header, reaching two quarter-finals and recording a last 16 appearance. Beaton’s highlight of the weekend saw him dismantle world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-2 in Saturday’s fourth round.

Ian White is another star that performed with real consistency over the first triple-header. ‘The Diamond’ was just one of ten players to reach at the last 32 stage on all three days of action, and his best run saw him edged out in a deciding-leg by Michael Smith in the semi-finals of Sunday’s qualifier.

Premier League duo Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen are eighth on the Order of Merit after winning £4,750 in prize money over the weekend. Both men reached the semi-finals of Saturday’s qualifier. Klaasen was beaten by world number two Gary Anderson, whilst Chisnall succumbed to eventual winner Simon Whitlock.

Raymond van Barneveld is in 10th position after a very consistent showing in Wigan. The five-time world champion reached the last 16 on the opening two days of competition, before suffering a narrow fourth-round exit to his compatriot Christian Kist in Sunday’s third qualifier.

Van Barneveld accrued £3,750 towards the UK Open Order of Merit and that figure was matched by eight-time major winner James Wade. ‘The Machine’ also recorded two last 16 appearances in Wigan and was beaten by Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith respectively over the course of the weekend.

Elsewhere, Mervyn King, Benito van de Pas and Cristo Reyes all secured £3,500 over the opening three events and the trio are poised to enter the UK Open Finals at the third-round stage.

Fifteenth place on the Order of Merit is occupied by Mick Todd, who reached his first ever PDC Pro-Tour semi-final on Sunday, before losing to eventual winner Peter Wright. Todd narrowly missed out on securing a PDC Tour Card at Q-School last month, despite posting an incredible 121.50 average in one of his qualifying matches.

World number one Michael van Gerwen is in 16th position after enduring a mediocre weekend by his exceptionally high-standards. ‘Mighty Mike’ endured a shock last 64 exit to carpet-fitter Ritchie Edhouse in Friday’s opening qualifier, before suffering a heavy defeat to Steve Beaton in round-four on Saturday.

Van Gerwen produced an improved showing in Sunday’s final qualifier of the weekend, but ‘The Green Machine’ was beaten  6-4 in the quarter-finals by Peter Wright, which ends his astonishing 16-match winning streak over the world number three. Van Gerwen is tied in 16th with John Henderson, who triumphed over Gary Anderson in Friday’s opener.

Ricky Evans and Peter Hudson both confirmed their UK Open qualification, after recording semi-final appearances earlier in the weekend; they are tied in 18th position alongside Kyle Anderson, who performed solidly on his return to the PDC Tour after his VISA issues were finally resolved in January.

Other notable names that occupy spots in the top 32 of the Order of Merit include former Lakeside world champions Stephen Bunting and Mark Webster, German Darts champion Alan Norris, former Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan, 2015 UK Open semi-finalist Andrew Gilding and recent Players Championship Finals semi-finalist Darren Webster.

Nevertheless, some high-profile stars endured relatively disappointing weekends. Premier League wildcard Kim Huybrechts is 44th on the Order of Merit after winning £1,250 over the first three qualifying events. ‘The Hurricane’ has confirmed his spot at Minehead, but is currently set to enter the tournament at the second-round stage.

Former UK Open champion Robert Thornton is facing the prospect of missing out on next month’s event altogether. ‘The Thorn’, who defeated Phil Taylor to win the UK Open in 2012, recorded just the solitary victory within the first three qualification events and is tied in 74th place on the Order of Merit.

The former World Grand Prix champion won just £250 in prize money over the first triple-header and he is unlikely to make the cut for Minehead if he performs similarly in UK Open qualifiers 4-6.  The minimum figure required to secure qualification in recent years has been £750, so the world number twelve will be under the microscope next week.

John Part and Paul Nicholson, both of whom regained their PDC Tour Cards at Q-School last month, also occupy joint 74th position having won £250 in prize money over the opening three qualifiers. Three-time major semi-finalist Justin Pipe also faces a battle to qualify for the UK Open Finals after winning just one game over the weekend.

Seven-time PDC ranking winner Jamie Caven is in real danger of missing out after failing to win a match over the weekend. Elsewhere, former UK Open finalists Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton are also under significant pressure having yet to register any prize money thus far.  The current UK Open Order of Merit can be viewed below.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Wright, Peter £21,500
2 Whitlock, Simon £10,250
3 Smith, Michael £6,000
4 Anderson, Gary £5,750
4 Lewis, Adrian £5,750
6 Beaton, Steve £5,500
7 White, Ian £5,250
8 Chisnall, Dave £4,750
8 Klaasen, Jelle £4,750
10 Barneveld, Raymond van £3,750
10 Wade, James £3,750
12 King, Mervyn £3,500
12 Pas, Benito van de £3,500
12 Reyes, Cristo £3,500
15 Todd, Mick £3,250
16 Gerwen, Michael van £3,000
16 Henderson, John £3,000
18 Anderson, Kyle £2,500
18 Evans, Ricky £2,500
18 Hudson, Peter £2,500
21 Bunting, Stephen £2,250
21 Norris, Alan £2,250
23 Cross, Rob £2,000
23 Dolan, Brendan £2,000
23 O’Connor, William £2,000
23 Palmer, Ryan £2,000
23 Webster, Mark £2,000
28 Barilli, Mark £1,750
28 Dekker, Jan £1,750
28 Gilding, Andrew £1,750
28 Kellett, Stuart £1,750
28 Webster, Darren £1,750
33 Dennant, Matthew £1,500
33 Dobey, Chris £1,500
33 Kist, Christian £1,500
33 Lewis, Jamie £1,500
33 Michael, John £1,500
33 North, Richard £1,500
33 Painter, Kevin £1,500
33 Petersen, Devon £1,500
33 Price, Gerwyn £1,500
33 Quantock, Chris £1,500
33 Shepherd, Kirk £1,500
44 Huybrechts, Kim £1,250
45 Brown, Keegan £1,000
45 Cullen, Joe £1,000
45 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £1,000
45 Lennon, Steve £1,000
45 Lukeman, Martin £1,000
45 Meulenkamp, Ron £1,000
45 Wattimena, Jermaine £1,000
52 Davis, Joe £750
52 Decker, Mike De £750
52 Edhouse, Ritchie £750
52 Evetts, Ted £750
52 Gurney, Daryl £750
52 Harvey, Paul £750
52 Murray, Ryan £750
52 Newell, Tony £750
52 Portela, Diogo £750
52 Rowley, Paul £750
52 Tabern, Alan £750
52 Voort, Vincent van der £750
52 Vreede, Ryan de £750
65 Bain, Jamie £500
65 Bryant, Lee £500
65 Jenkins, Andy £500
65 Leung, Kai Fan £500
65 Lever, Ian £500
65 McGowan, Mick £500
65 Milford, Paul £500
65 Parry, Kurt £500
65 Taylor, Scott £500
74 Arendse, Nolan £250
74 Baillie, Richard £250
74 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £250
74 Bousfield, Stuart £250
74 Bowles, John £250
74 Brown, Darron £250
74 Burton, Stephen £250
74 Corner, Richie £250
74 Dale, Scott £250
74 Derry, Nathan £250
74 Dowling, Kevin £250
74 Edgar, Matthew £250
74 Foreman, Jay £250
74 Forman, Mark £250
74 Frost, Mark £250
74 Gray, Adrian £250
74 Hine, Steve £250
74 Hope, Tim £250
74 Hubbard, James £250
74 Huybrechts, Ronny £250
74 Jiwa, Prakash £250
74 Johnson, Darren £250
74 Jones, Wayne £250
74 Jukes, Jon £250
74 Lam, Ting Chi Royden £250
74 Langendorf, Maik £250
74 Lerchbacher, Zoran £250
74 Murnan, Joe £250
74 Nicholson, Paul £250
74 Padgett, Matt £250
74 Pallett, David £250
74 Parsons, Andy £250
74 Part, John £250
74 Payne, Josh £250
74 Pipe, Justin £250
74 Razma, Madars £250
74 Robbe, Mario £250
74 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £250
74 Roith, Bernd £250
74 Rollings, Scott £250
74 Schindler, Martin £250
74 Searle, Ryan £250
74 Smith-Neale, Adam £250
74 Stevenson, Simon £250
74 Stewart, Dean £250
74 Thomas, Kevin £250
74 Thomas, Martin £250
74 Thornton, Robert £250
74 Twell, Ross £250
74 Walsh, Mark £250
74 Williams, Ricky £250
74 Woodhouse, Luke £250
74 Worsley, Jonathan £250
74 Zwaan, Jeffrey de £250
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