UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!


Peter Wright will be the top seed heading into next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead, after winning three of the six qualification events at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight.

Wright tops the Order of Merit after defeating Adrian Lewis, Michael Smith and James Wade in the respective finals, as he amassed a staggering £35,000 in prize money across the qualification campaign.

Simon Whitlock finished in second position after maintaining his excellent Pro Tour form. ‘The Wizard’ won two of the six UK Open qualifiers to record his fourth PDC title in as many months, as he finished with a total of £21,250 in prize money.

World champion Michael van Gerwen was the only other player to win one of the qualifying events and finished in third position as a consequence. MvG endured a disappointing triple-header last week, but performed magnificently in Friday’s fourth qualifier.

Van Gerwen incredibly registered TWO nine-dart finishes in his third-round clash against Ryan Murray, having survived match darts in his opening game. The world number one went on to defeat his old adversary Gary Anderson in the final and having confirmed his spot in Minehead, he opted to withdraw from the final two events.

Anderson himself sits in fourth place after winning £11,750 in prize money. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ competed in five of the six qualifiers and reached two finals, where he was beaten by Simon Whitlock and Van Gerwen respectively.

The world number two was closely followed in fifth position by his protege Michael Smith, who kicked off his Pro Tour season strongly. ‘Bully Boy’ endured a tough end to 2016, suffering an eight-match losing streak on the Pro Tour. Nevertheless, the St Helen’s star reached a final, semi-final and two quarter-finals in a very consistent showing.

James Wade finished in sixth position after his run to the final in Sunday’s last qualifier. ‘The Machine’, who lost out to hat-trick hero Peter Wright, amassed £9,000 of prize money in total. Elsewhere, the Stoke duo of Ian White and Adrian Lewis were tied in seventh after reaching the latter stages on a number of occasions.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld finished the qualification campaign in ninth on the Order of Merit. Van Barneveld was the epitome of consistency throughout the two triple-headers. He was one of just seven players to win prize money across all six events, and he reached the last 16 stage on five separate occasions.

The veteran duo of Mervyn King and Steve Beaton both secured £7,750 to finish in joint tenth position. King reached the last eight twice, whilst ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ recorded three quarter-final appearances, which included a thrashing of Michael van Gerwen on the opening weekend.

Premier League stars Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen are in 12th and 13th positions respectively, whilst Benito van de Pas, who won three Players Championship titles in 2016, trailed behind in 14th.

Rob Cross was one of the most impressive performers across the qualification campaign, finishing 15th on the Order of Merit. Cross’s emergence came at the UK Open finals last year where he reached the last 32 as an amateur. He defeated Ken MacNeil, Wes Newton and Jeffrey de Graaf, before losing out to eventual winner Michael van Gerwen.

Cross enjoyed great success on the Challenge Tour last year and secured himself a PDC Tour card by virtue of topping the Challenge Tour Order of Merit. His best run came in Saturday’s fifth qualifying event, where he claimed the scalps of James Wade, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Jelle Klaasen to reach the last four.

Welsh number one Gerwyn Price finished 16th after a strong showing in the second triple-header, whilst Darren Webster, who landed a nine-darter against Benito van de Pas in Saturday’s fifth qualifier, was tied in 17th alongside Premier League star Kim Huybrechts.

Kim was closely trailed by his older brother Ronny in 19th. ‘The Rebel’ was facing the prospect of missing out on the UK Open Finals after performing poorly on the opening weekend, but he stormed into the final of Saturday’s qualifier, having also hit a nine-darter against Darren Webster in the quarter-finals.

Alan Norris ensured that he will enter the UK Open Finals at the third-round stage after reaching the semi-finals of Sunday’s sixth and final qualifier. Elsewhere, Brendan Dolan, John Henderson and Kyle Anderson were all tied in 21st position after enjoying a strong start to their respective Pro Tour seasons.

Former world finalist Kevin Painter finished the qualification campaign in 24th place after rolling back the years to reach the semi-finals of Friday’s fourth qualifier. Spanish star Cristo Reyes also finished inside the top 32, as did former Lakeside world champion Christian Kist, who hit the fifth nine-darter of the weekend in Sunday’s event.

The young quartet of Chris Quantock, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans and Joe Cullen will also go straight through to round-three at Minehead after finishing just inside the top 32. Mick Todd finished in 31st after reaching his maiden PDC semi-final in UK Open qualifier three, whilst UK Open qualifier four semi-finalist Ryan Searle was ranked 32nd.

There will be a number of big names entering the UK Open Finals at the second-round stage. Former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting finished in 33rd position via count-back, whilst Robert Thornton and Daryl Gurney finished in 37th and 38 respectively.

Elsewhere, 2007 UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort will enter the tournament in round-two after finishing 41st, and nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins will begin his UK Open campaign at the same stage after amassing £1,500 in prize money across three events.

Former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown will be action from the first-round stage at Minehead after finishing 67th on the final UK Open Order of Merit. Ronnie Baxter, Jamie Caven and James Wilson will also compete in round-one, after narrowly securing their qualification on the final day of competition.

Nevertheless, a host of other big names will not be competing in Minehead next month. Phil Taylor and Mensur Suljovic are the two big-name absentees. Neither player entered any of the six qualifiers; Taylor stressed earlier this year that he will no longer compete on the Pro Tour, whilst Suljovic was absent due to personal reasons.

The talented young quartet of Max Hopp, Dimitri van den Bergh, Rowby-John Rodriguez and Nathan Aspinall also missed out on qualification after winning just £500 in prize money across the six events.

Three-time world champion John Part failed to make the cut after regaining his PDC Tour Card last month, whilst Paul Nicholson also narrowly missed out. Robbie Green also surprisingly failed to qualify, whilst former UK Open finalists Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton and Mark Walsh will not feature in Minehead this year.

The final UK Open Order of Merit standings can be viewed below!

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

2017 Coral UK Open Order of Merit
Following Qualifier Six

Pos Name Prize Money
1 Wright, Peter £35,000
2 Whitlock, Simon £21,250
3 Gerwen, Michael van £13,000
4 Anderson, Gary £11,750
5 Smith, Michael £11,250
6 Wade, James £9,000
7 White, Ian £8,500
7 Lewis, Adrian £8,500
9 Barneveld, Raymond van £8,250
10 King, Mervyn £7,750
10 Beaton, Steve £7,750
12 Chisnall, Dave £7,500
13 Klaasen, Jelle £6,750
14 Pas, Benito van de £6,500
15 Cross, Rob £6,250
16 Price, Gerwyn £5,750
17 Webster, Darren £5,500
17 Huybrechts, Kim £5,500
19 Huybrechts, Ronny £5,250
20 Norris, Alan £5,000
21 Dolan, Brendan £4,750
21 Henderson, John £4,750
21 Anderson, Kyle £4,750
24 Painter, Kevin £4,500
25 Reyes, Cristo £4,250
26 Kist, Christian £3,750
26 Quantock, Chris £3,750
28 Dobey, Chris £3,500
28 Evans, Ricky £3,500
30 Cullen, Joe £3,250
30 Todd, Mick £3,250
32 Searle, Ryan £3,000
32 Bunting, Stephen £3,000
32 North, Richard £3,000
32 Webster, Mark £3,000
32 O’Connor, William £3,000
37 Thornton, Robert £2,750
38 Gurney, Daryl £2,500
38 Palmer, Ryan £2,500
38 Hudson, Peter £2,500
41 Voort, Vincent van der £2,250
41 Kellett, Stuart £2,250
41 McGowan, Mick £2,250
41 Taylor, Scott £2,250
41 Jenkins, Andy £2,250
41 Gilding, Andrew £2,250
47 Pallett, David £2,000
47 Lerchbacher, Zoran £2,000
47 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £2,000
47 Lewis, Jamie £2,000
51 Bates, Barrie £1,750
51 Graaf, Jeffrey de £1,750
51 Lennon, Steve £1,750
51 Dekker, Jan £1,750
51 Michael, John £1,750
51 Barilli, Mark £1,750
57 Evetts, Ted £1,500
57 Jenkins, Terry £1,500
57 Dennant, Matthew £1,500
57 Petersen, Devon £1,500
57 Shepherd, Kirk £1,500
62 Pipe, Justin £1,250
62 Twell, Ross £1,250
62 Lukeman, Martin £1,250
62 Leung, Kai Fan £1,250
62 Wattimena, Jermaine £1,250
67 Hewson, Rob £1,000
67 Johnson, Darren £1,000
67 Kamphuis, Vincent £1,000
67 Meeuwisse, Yordi £1,000
67 Newell, Tony £1,000
67 Lam, Ting Chi Royden £1,000
67 Padgett, Matt £1,000
67 Brown, Keegan £1,000
67 Zwaan, Jeffrey de £1,000
67 Meulenkamp, Ron £1,000
67 Murray, Ryan £1,000
67 Edhouse, Ritchie £1,000
67 Rowley, Paul £1,000
67 Tabern, Alan £1,000
81 Alcinas, Antonio £750
81 Baxter, Ronnie £750
81 Caven, Jamie £750
81 Clayton, Jonny £750
81 Davis, Joe £750
81 Harvey, Paul £750
81 Meikle, Ryan £750
81 Richardson, James £750
81 Wilson, James £750
81 Woods, Brian £750
81 Jones, Wayne £750
81 Bain, Jamie £750
81 Bryant, Lee £750
81 Frost, Mark £750
81 Worsley, Jonathan £750
81 Milford, Paul £750
Did Not Qualify
81 Vreede, Ryan de £750
81 Decker, Mike De £750
81 Portela, Diogo £750
100 Aspinall, Nathan £500
100 Green, Robbie £500
100 Hopp, Max £500
100 Jiwa, Prakash £500
100 Michels, Mareno £500
100 Peer, Berry van £500
100 Stevenson, Simon £500
100 Parry, Kurt £500
100 Walsh, Mark £500
100 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £500
100 Nicholson, Paul £500
100 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £500
100 Williams, Ricky £500
100 Lever, Ian £500
114 Barnard, Michael £250
114 Boulton, Andy £250
114 Bousfield, Stuart £250
114 Brown, Steve £250
114 Candlish, Allan £250
114 Daniels, Nigel £250
114 Dootson, Edde £250
114 Dowling, Kevin £250
114 Edgar, Matthew £250
114 Forman, Mark £250
114 Fullwell, Nick £250
114 Gray, Adrian £250
114 Griffiths, Shaun £250
114 Hammond, Curtis £250
114 Harrington, Ryan £250
114 Hoog, Bryan de £250
114 Kirk, Aden £250
114 Langendorf, Maik £250
114 Loose, Callum £250
114 Murschell, Dawson £250
114 Newton, Wes £250
114 Parody, Dyson £250
114 Part, John £250
114 Ritchie, Greg £250
114 Roelofs, Colin £250
114 Roith, Bernd £250
114 Rollings, Scott £250
114 Schindler, Martin £250
114 Smith-Neale, Adam £250
114 Temple, Terry £250
114 Wiel, Willy van de £250
114 Yamada, Yuki £250
114 Young, James £250
114 Arendse, Nolan £250
114 Bowles, John £250
114 Brown, Darron £250
114 Corner, Richie £250
114 Dale, Scott £250
114 Hine, Steve £250
114 Jukes, Jon £250
114 Payne, Josh £250
114 Razma, Madars £250
114 Robbe, Mario £250
114 Stewart, Dean £250
114 Thomas, Kevin £250
114 Thomas, Martin £250
114 Woodhouse, Luke £250
114 Baillie, Richard £250
114 Burton, Stephen £250
114 Derry, Nathan £250
114 Foreman, Jay £250
114 Hope, Tim £250
114 Hubbard, James £250
114 Murnan, Joe £250
114 Parsons, Andy £250


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  1. Been Playing darts now for 6 years and really watching for about 3. I follow you on Twitter and I must say man I like the straight and clear information you provide. Thanks……p.s..I am also a fan Of Simon Whitlock…

    1. Thanks mate really appreciate your comments! Great time to be a Simon Whitlock fan; four wins in as many months; he’ll be a big threat in everything he enters this year!

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