Two-time world champion Gary Anderson remains top of the Players Championship Order of Merit after the second double-header which took place at the Barnsley Metrodome over the weekend. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was knocked out in round-three by Daryl Gurney on Saturday, before succumbing to eventual winner Simon Whitlock on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Anderson remains top with £14,750 in prize money by virtue of winning Players Championship Two, where he thrashed his compatriot Peter Wright in the final with a 115.15 average.
Simon Whitlock has climbed up to second after winning his third Pro Tour title of the season on Sunday. ‘The Wizard’ finished second on the UK Open Order of Merit after winning two of the six qualification events, and he defeated the giant-killer Darren Johnson to prevail in Players Championship Four.
Rob Cross is up to third on the Order of Merit after winning his maiden Pro Tour title at Players Championship Three. Cross only began competing on the PDC Pro Tour in February, having gained a tour card by virtue of topping last year’s Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
However, Cross’ incredible rise to prominence continued in Barnsley. The Hastings ace defeated Alan Norris, Max Hopp, Richie Burnett, Jamie Caven, Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price & Mervyn King to win the title and scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque; putting him on £13,000 after the opening four events.
Players Championship One winner Alan Norris is down to fourth after suffering successive 6-2 first-round defeats to Cross and Tony Newell respectively, whilst UK Open winner Peter Wright slipped to fifth after succumbing to consecutive second-round exits against Paul Nicholson and Christian Kist.
Mervyn King is up to sixth after reaching his first PDC final since the 2014 Masters in Players Championship Three, whilst UK Open semi-finalist Daryl Gurney climbed to 7th after further consistent showings in Barnsley, where he was beaten on both occasions by UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price.
Gurney is tied in seventh position with eight-time major winner James Wade and Players Championship Three semi-finalist Steve West, who spurned five match darts to defeat King in the last four.
Darren Johnson has risen to 10th after reaching his maiden Pro Tour final in Sunday’s fourth Players Championship event of the year. The Mexborough ace defeated Dave Chisnall, Raymond van Barneveld, Jimmy Hendriks, Steve Hine, Benito van de Pas & Michael van Gerwen to reach the final, where he accrued £6,000 as runner-up.
Michael Smith is 11th after reaching another quarter-final at Players Championship three, whilst Players Championship One finalist Peter Jacques sits in 12th. Jacques has not got a PDC Tour Card and only competed in the opening double-header due to a number of tour-card holders pulling out, therefore he didn’t appear in the second double-header.
Players Championship Two semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen is down to 13th, and he’s trailed by his compatriot Benito van de Pas and Spanish star Cristo Reyes. Raymond van Barneveld remains in 16th position after reaching his second Players Championship quarter-final of the year, and he is tied with his fellow Premier League star Kim Huybrechts.
Aussie ace Kyle Anderson is 18th after suffering successive third-round defeats to Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson over the weekend, whilst UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, who missed the opening double-header last month, is 19th after losing to eventual winner Rob Cross in the semi-finals of Players Championship Three.
Mensur Suljovic is tied with Price in 19th position, whilst world number one Michael van Gerwen is 21st after making his Players Championship bow last weekend. He suffered a shock third-round defeat to William O’Connor on Saturday, before losing in a last-leg decider to Darren Johnson in the semi-finals of Players Championship Four.
The young quartet of Chris Dobey, David Pallett, William O’Connor and Dirk van Duijvenbode are all on the brink of the top twenty of the Order of Merit, whilst the veteran Steve Hine is 26th after rolling back the years to defeat Michael Smith and Chris Dobey to reach the last 16 of Players Championship Four.
Ian White, who claimed three Players Championship titles in 2016, is up to 27th after reaching the last eight at Players Championship Four. Elsewhere, Steve Beaton, Dave Chisnall, John Henderson, Zoran Lerchbacher are tied in 32nd on £3,000 along with Paul Nicholson, who marked his return to form with a bang over the weekend.
‘The Asset’ regained his PDC tour-card at Q-School in January, and qualified for the opening European Tour event in Hildesheim on Friday. He then continued his fine form to reach the last 16 of Players Championship Three on Saturday, beating Peter Wright before losing out to Raymond van Barneveld.
Nevertheless, there are a number of big names currently outside the top 32 of the Order of Merit. Sunday’s nine-dart hero Joe Cullen is joint 42nd on £2,000 alongside former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown, former Lakeside world champion Richie Burnett and three-time major semi-finalist Justin Pipe.
Former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster is 52nd alongside his namesake Darren Webster, whilst world number four Adrian Lewis is 71st on £1,000, having missed last weekend’s double-header due to personal reasons.
Two-time PDC major winner Robert Thornton continues to struggle, having accrued just £1,000 in prize money from the opening four events. Vincent van der Voort is tied in 93rd on £500, whilst former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting is still yet to register any prize money having suffered four straight first-round exits.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|14||Pas, Benito van de||£5,250|
|16||Barneveld, Raymond van||£5,000|
|21||Gerwen, Michael van||£4,000|
|25||Duijvenbode, Dirk van||£3,750|
|42||Decker, Mike De||£2,000|
|93||Bergh, Dimitri Van Den||£500|
|93||Graaf, Jeffrey de||£500|
|93||Hoog, Bryan de||£500|
|93||Norman, John jnr||£500|
|93||Peer, Berry van||£500|
|93||Voort, Vincent van der||£500|