Players Championship Order of Merit Update!

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Daryl Gurney has leapfrogged world number one Michael van Gerwen to top the Players Championship Order of Merit, after enjoying the best weekend of his darting career in Barnsley. ‘Super-Chin’ won his maiden PDC title at Players Championship Seven on Saturday, before losing out in the final of Sunday’s event to Joe Cullen.

Prior to this weekend’s action, Van Gerwen topped the Order of Merit just ahead of Gary Anderson. Nevertheless, the world’s top two were absent due to exhibition commitments and Gurney and Cullen’s successes mean that incredibly, in the eight Players Championship events so far this year, eight different winners have been crowned.

Gurney has soared to the top of the Players Championship Order of Merit after accruing a remarkable £16,000 in prize money across the weekend. He’s earned a total of £25,250 in the eight Players Championship events so far this year, and sits £7,000 above second place Peter Wright, who reached the quarter-finals of Saturday’s event.

Van Gerwen and Anderson are down to third and fourth respectively after missing the double-header in Barnsley. Meanwhile, Simon Whitlock has slipped to fifth. ‘The Wizard’ was beaten in the last 16 by eventual winner Gurney on Saturday, before suffering a shock first-round defeat to Craig Gilchrist yesterday.

Alan Norris and Rob Cross are sixth and seventh respectively after their Players Championship victories back in March, whilst Mervyn King is up to 8th after reaching his third Players Championship semi-final of the season on Sunday.

Kim Huybrechts has climbed to ninth after reaching his first Pro Tour final since September on Saturday, whilst Welsh star Gerwyn Price makes up the top ten after recording semi-final and quarter-final appearances in a very solid showing in Barnsley.

Joe Cullen is just outside the top ten after clinching his maiden PDC title on Sunday. ‘The Rockstar’ had won just £2,500 in prize money across the previous seven events, but performed magnificently to triumph at Players Championship Eight. The Yorkshireman is now tied in eleventh position with Players Championship Five winner Adrian Lewis.

Eight-time major winner James Wade has risen to thirteenth after reaching his second Players Championship final of the year on Sunday afternoon, whilst the left-hander is closely trailed in fourteenth by his fellow Premier League star Dave Chisnall, a finalist at Players Championship Five in Milton Keynes last weekend.

Steve West has slipped to fifteenth after failing to make it beyond the last 16 in either of this weekend’s competitions, whilst Spanish star Cristo Reyes is tied in sixteenth position with European Championship finalist Mensur Suljovic, who made the last eight of Saturday’s action.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has climbed one place to 18th. Van Barneveld followed up his three previous  quarter-final appearances this year by reaching the last 16 of Players Championship eight. He’s tied with Michael Smith, who has endured a difficult few weeks after enjoying a bright start to the Pro Tour season.

Kyle Anderson and Steve Beaton are tied in 20th position, and they remain just two of five players to have won money from all eight Players Championship events in 2017. The others include table-topper Daryl Gurney, Cristo Reyes and young Dutchman Jimmy Hendriks, who is 27th after producing a series of consistent showings.

Recent Players Championship finalists Peter Jacques and Darren Johnson are joint 22nd alongside former three-time Players Championship winner Benito van de Pas, whilst seven-time PDC ranking winner Ian White is in 25th alongside Richard North, who recorded back-to-back quarter-final appearances in Milton Keynes last week.

Jelle Klaasen has fallen to 28th as his injury woes continue. ‘The Cobra’ suffered successive first-round exits in Barnsley, as he continues to battle a tendonitis problem in his wrist. However, James Richardson has been catapulted up to 29th after reaching his first Pro Tour quarter-final since 2011 on Sunday.

Steve Hine and David Pallett are tied in 30th position on £5,500 apiece, whilst former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster makes up the top 32, having pocketed £5,250 across the eight events so far. Nevertheless, there are a host of high-profile names currently outside the top 32.

Former World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton occupies 40th position alongside three-time major semi-finalist Justin Pipe, whilst the trio of Chris Dobey, John Henderson and Paul Nicholson are all tied in 33rd, along with Players Championship seven semi-finalist Jermaine Wattimena.

Vincent van der Voort is in 76th position having registered £2,500 in prize money across the Players Championship season so far, whilst former Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting is 84th. Elsewhere, 2015 World-Youth champion Max Hopp is even further back in 96th, having registered just three wins on the Players Championship circuit all year.

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gurney, Daryl £25,250
2 Wright, Peter £18,250
3 Gerwen, Michael van £17,000
4 Anderson, Gary £16,750
4 Whitlock, Simon £16,750
6 Norris, Alan £16,500
7 Cross, Rob £15,500
8 King, Mervyn £15,000
9 Huybrechts, Kim £13,750
10 Price, Gerwyn £12,750
11 Cullen, Joe £12,500
11 Lewis, Adrian £12,500
13 Wade, James £12,250
14 Chisnall, Dave £11,000
15 West, Steve £10,750
16 Reyes, Cristo £10,250
16 Suljovic, Mensur £10,250
18 Barneveld, Raymond van £8,750
18 Smith, Michael £8,750
20 Anderson, Kyle £8,250
20 Beaton, Steve £8,250
22 Jacques, Peter £8,000
22 Johnson, Darren £8,000
22 Pas, Benito van de £8,000
25 North, Richard £7,000
25 White, Ian £7,000
27 Hendriks, Jimmy £6,500
28 Klaasen, Jelle £6,000
29 Richardson, James £5,750
30 Hine, Steve £5,500
30 Pallett, David £5,500
32 Webster, Mark £5,250
33 Dobey, Chris £5,000
33 Henderson, John £5,000
33 Hudson, Peter £5,000
33 Nicholson, Paul £5,000
33 Wattimena, Jermaine £5,000
38 Green, Robbie £4,750
38 Lennon, Steve £4,750
40 Brown, Keegan £4,500
40 Dekker, Jan £4,500
40 Huybrechts, Ronny £4,500
40 Kist, Christian £4,500
40 Lerchbacher, Zoran £4,500
40 O’Connor, William £4,500
40 Pipe, Justin £4,500
40 Thornton, Robert £4,500
48 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £4,250
48 Kellett, Stuart £4,250
50 Bain, Jamie £4,000
50 Meikle, Ryan £4,000
50 Payne, Josh £4,000
50 Todd, Mick £4,000
50 Wilson, James £4,000
55 Burnett, Richie £3,500
55 Corner, Richie £3,500
55 Dolan, Brendan £3,500
55 Jones, Wayne £3,500
55 Painter, Kevin £3,500
55 Webster, Darren £3,500
61 Owen, Robert £3,250
62 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £3,000
62 Caven, Jamie £3,000
62 Clark, Matt £3,000
62 Decker, Mike De £3,000
62 Evetts, Ted £3,000
62 Hamilton, Andy £3,000
62 Jenkins, Andy £3,000
62 Kirk, Aden £3,000
62 Langendorf, Maik £3,000
62 Mansell, Mickey £3,000
62 Michael, John £3,000
62 Taylor, Scott £3,000
62 Temple, Terry £3,000
75 Edhouse, Ritchie £2,750
76 Clayton, Jonny £2,500
76 Evans, Ricky £2,500
76 Graaf, Jeffrey de £2,500
76 McGowan, Mick £2,500
76 Meulenkamp, Ron £2,500
76 Scheffer, Warrick £2,500
76 Schindler, Martin £2,500
76 Voort, Vincent van der £2,500
84 Alcinas, Antonio £2,000
84 Baxter, Ronnie £2,000
84 Boulton, Andy £2,000
84 Bowles, John £2,000
84 Bunting, Stephen £2,000
84 Dennant, Matthew £2,000
84 Lewis, Jamie £2,000
84 Murnan, Joe £2,000
84 Newton, Wes £2,000
84 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £2,000
84 Shepherd, Kirk £2,000
84 Stevenson, Simon £2,000
96 Barilli, Mark £1,500
96 Burton, Stephen £1,500
96 Gilding, Andrew £1,500
96 Griffiths, Shaun £1,500
96 Groen, Sven £1,500
96 Hopp, Max £1,500
96 Hunt, Adam £1,500
96 Kamphuis, Vincent £1,500
96 Meeuwisse, Yordi £1,500
96 Petersen, Devon £1,500
96 Quantock, Chris £1,500
96 Smith, Dennis £1,500
96 Worsley, Jonathan £1,500
109 Brown, Darron £1,000
109 Darbyshire, Scott £1,000
109 Muramatsu, Haruki £1,000
109 Newell, Tony £1,000
109 Norman, John jnr £1,000
109 Peer, Berry van £1,000
109 Preston, Simon £1,000
109 Roach, Terry £1,000
109 Robinson, Harry £1,000
109 Searle, Ryan £1,000
109 Williams, Ricky £1,000
120 Brown, Jim £500
120 Bryant, Lee £500
120 Edgar, Matthew £500
120 Gilchrist, Craig £500
120 Hewson, Rob £500
120 Hoog, Bryan de £500
120 Palmer, Ryan £500
120 Part, John £500
120 Portela, Diogo £500
120 Razma, Madars £500
120 Roelofs, Colin £500
120 Rowley, Paul £500
120 Twell, Ross £500
120 Walsh, Mark £500
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