World number one Michael van Gerwen has extended his lead at the top of the World Series Order of Merit to 12 points after winning the inaugural U.S Masters in Las Vegas last weekend.
‘The Green Machine’ triumphed on his first competitive appearance on American soil, defeating World Series debutant Daryl Gurney 8-6 in a thrilling final. This made it back-to-back World Series wins for the irrepresible Dutchman, after he retained his Shanghai Darts Masters crown just one week prior.
Dubai Darts Masters winner Gary Anderson remains in second position after losing out to an impressive Gurney in the semi-finals, whilst Gerwyn Price is up to 3rd place after also reaching the last four in Las Vegas, before he was drubbed 8-0 by the clinical MvG.
UK Open winner Peter Wright sits in fourth position after suffering his second consecutive World Series quarter-final exit. Snakebite lost out in the last eight to James Wade in Shanghai, before he was foiled by Gurney in a nail-biting deciding-leg at the Tropicana Hotel.
Dave Chisnall is level with Wright on 11 points, despite not appearing in Las Vegas. The St Helen’s star reached his third World Series final in Shanghai, before being whitewashed by an imperious Van Gerwen. Nevertheless, the world number five was not one of the eight PDC stars to receive a wildcard invitation for the trip to America.
Raymond van Barneveld is also tied in fourth after losing out to a clinical Gary Anderson in the U.S Masters quarter-finals. Van Barneveld dismantled Anderson 8-1 to reach the Shanghai Darts Masters semi-finals just last week, but the Scot turned the tables in Las Vegas, defying a 99 average and four 180’s from RvB to prevail 8-4 in a quality affair.
Elsewhere, James Wade has accrued nine points from the opening three World Series events this year. However, the eight-time major winner suffered a chastening last 16 exit in Las Vegas; losing out to 21-year-old Canadian Dawson Murschell in one of the biggest shocks in World Series history.
Daryl Gurney has catapulted himself into eighth position after performing superbly on his World Series debut. ‘Super-Chin’ saw off American qualifier Dennis Sayre and defeated the Scottish duo of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, before just being edged out by MvG.
However, this earned him eight points towards the World Series Order of Merit, which puts him firmly in contention to qualify for the season-ending World Series of Darts Finals at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in November.
Phil Taylor has slipped to ninth after missing out on the U.S Masters through illness. Taylor pulled out of the event on medical advice after contracting a sickness bug in Shanghai, and he’s only secured the solitary win on the World Series tour this year, which came against Korean qualifier Hyun Chul Park.
The Canadian duo Dawson Murschell and Dave Richardson are joint tenth after their first-round victories in Las Vegas over James Wade and Max Hopp respectively, and they’re the only two qualifiers to have defeated any of the PDC stars in this year’s World Series events thus far.
World Series of Darts Order of Merit (as of July 17, 2017)
|1||Michael van Gerwen||32|
|=||Raymond van Barneveld||11|
|=||Hyun Chul Park||1|
|=||Cheng An Liu||1|
|=||Xiao Chen Zong||1|
|=||Wei Hong Li||1|
|=||Hai Long Chen||1|