2018 UK Open Order of Merit Update!

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World number one Michael van Gerwen leads the way on the UK Open Order of Merit after winning two of the three qualifying events on the opening weekend of action at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

‘The Green Machine’ continued his dominant start to the season by winning the opening two qualifiers, before his 23-match unbeaten run in 2018 was finally halted by Michael Smith, in the quarter-finals of qualifier three.

Smith succumbed to MvG in the final of Friday’s event, but he followed up victory over the world number one on Sunday by going on to claim his eighth PDC title. He therefore sits second on the UK Open Order of Merit having amassed £15,750 from the weekend’s three events, although Van Gerwen remains top of the tree on £22,000.

Zoran Lerchbacher and Darren Webster are both guaranteed to enter the UK Open at the third-round stage after reaching the final on Sunday and Saturday respectively, whilst world number two Peter Wright is tied with both men on £5,000, having recorded back-to-back semi-final appearances on the opening two days of action.

Mervyn King is in sixth position after making a strong start to his 2018 campaign, whilst Kim Huybrechts is joined in seventh place along with Dave Prins. Prins is poised to make his third UK appearance in four years, although his previous two both came as an amateur qualifier.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney is tied in 9th place alongside Sunday’s semi-finalist John Henderson and former BDO star Jamie Hughes, who dumped out world champion Rob Cross in the opening-round of Saturday’s event.

Matthew Edgar has sealed his qualification for Minehead after claiming £3,250 across the three events, whilst Steve Beaton is in 13th position on £3,000. Kyle Anderson, Joe Cullen, Justin Pipe and Ian White are tied in 14th, as two-time world champion Adrian Lewis is 18th after reaching the semi-finals of Friday’s first qualifier.

‘Jackpot’ was suspended from the weekend’s remaining two qualifiers after his heated altercation with Jose Perales, but he should still feature at Minehead if his suspension is uplifted. Lewis is tied in 18th with new Tour Card holder Robert Owen and David Pallett, who reached his first PDC semi-final since September 2015 on Sunday.

Last year’s UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price is in 21st position alongside World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski, James Wilson and Richard North, whilst Jelle Klaasen is sandwiched in 25th position between the Spanish duo of Jose Perales and Antonio Alcinas.

Simon Whitlock and James Wade are just inside the top 32 of the Order of Merit alongside Martin Schindler and the Dutch duo of Jermaine Wattimena and Jeffrey de Zwaan. Meanwhile, Dave Chisnall sits in 33rd, having followed up successive opening-round defeats by reaching the last 16 of Sunday’s third qualifier.

Nevertheless, there are a number of high-profile names who face the prospect of missing out on next month’s UK Open in Minehead, including newly crowned world champion Rob Cross. ‘Voltage’ endured a tough weekend in Wigan, suffering three consecutive opening-round losses against Corey Cadby, Jamie Hughes and Ryan Meikle.

Cross has therefore yet to register any prize money on the Order of Merit and will need a minimum of £750 from next weekend’s triple-header to seal his spot at Minehead. However, two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld is also in the same boat.

The five-time world champion suffered back-to-back opening-round losses against World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski on Friday and Saturday, before the legendary Dutchman opted to pull out of Sunday’s event.

Benito van de Pas also failed to register a victory on the opening weekend of action. ‘Big Ben’ suffered defeats against Tony Newell, Mickey Mansell and Marko Kantele, averaging just 69, 70 and 82 in the respective matches.

Steve West and Chris Dobey also ended the weekend empty-handed, whilst World Youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh claimed just £250 across the three events. Elsewhere, nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins won £500 on his return and is poised to qualify if he repeats those performances next weekend.

The current UK Open Order of Merit table can be viewed below…

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwen, Michael van £22,000
2 Smith, Michael £15,750
3 Lerchbacher, Zoran £5,000
3 Webster, Darren £5,000
3 Wright, Peter £5,000
6 King, Mervyn £4,250
7 Huybrechts, Kim £3,750
7 Prins, Dave £3,750
9 Gurney, Daryl £3,500
9 Henderson, John £3,500
9 Hughes, Jamie £3,500
12 Edgar, Matthew £3,250
13 Beaton, Steve £3,000
14 Anderson, Kyle £2,750
14 Cullen, Joe £2,750
14 Pipe, Justin £2,750
14 White, Ian £2,750
18 Lewis, Adrian £2,500
18 Owen, Robert £2,500
18 Pallett, David £2,500
21 North, Richard £2,250
21 Price, Gerwyn £2,250
21 Ratajski, Krzysztof £2,250
21 Wilson, James £2,250
25 Justicia, Jose £2,000
25 Klaasen, Jelle £2,000
27 Alcinas, Antonio £1,750
27 Schindler, Martin £1,750
27 Wade, James £1,750
27 Wattimena, Jermaine £1,750
27 Whitlock, Simon £1,750
27 Zwaan, Jefrey de £1,750
33 Brown, Keegan £1,500
33 Chisnall, Dave £1,500
33 Clemens, Gabriel £1,500
33 Evans, Ricky £1,500
33 Lewis, Jamie £1,500
33 Meulenkamp, Ron £1,500
33 Nentjes, Geert £1,500
33 Norris, Alan £1,500
33 Rasztovits, Michael £1,500
33 Stevenson, Simon £1,500
33 Thornton, Robert £1,500
44 Berndt, Rene £1,000
44 Bunting, Stephen £1,000
44 Burnett, Richie £1,000
44 Cadby, Corey £1,000
44 Jenkins, Andy £1,000
44 Kellett, Stuart £1,000
44 Mansell, Mickey £1,000
44 Nicholson, Paul £1,000
44 O’Connor, William £1,000
44 Voort, Vincent van der £1,000
54 Clayton, Jonny £750
54 Dekker, Jan £750
54 Eidams, Rene £750
54 Evans, David £750
54 Evans, Lee £750
54 Hall, Rees £750
54 Harrington, Ryan £750
54 Jones, Wayne £750
54 Killington, George £750
54 Lukeman, Martin £750
54 Marjanovic, Robert £750
54 McGowan, Mick £750
54 Meikle, Ryan £750
54 Portela, Diogp £750
54 Reyes, Cristo £750
54 Richardson, James £750
54 Rickwood, Robert £750
54 Shepherd, Kirk £750
72 Aspinall, Nathan £500
72 Graaf, Jeffrey de £500
72 Green, Robbie £500
72 Harris, Cody £500
72 Hendriks, Jimmy £500
72 Humphries, Luke £500
72 Jenkins, Terry £500
72 Lennon, Steve £500
72 Meeuwisse, Yordi £500
72 Webster, Mark £500
82 Bain, Jamie £250
82 Bates, Barrie £250
82 Bell, Nicholas £250
82 Bent, Christopher £250
82 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £250
82 Beveridge, Darren £250
82 Blum, Nico £250
82 Boulton, Andy £250
82 Bryant, Lee £250
82 Burgess, Shayne £250
82 Dale, Scott £250
82 Dolan, Brendan £250
82 Dootson, Eddie £250
82 Dudbridge, Mark £250
82 Foreman, Jay £250
82 Frost, Mark £250
82 Gilding, Andrew £250
82 Goldie, John £250
82 Gregory, Tom £250
82 Griffin, Rhys £250
82 Huckvale, Adam £250
82 Hudson, Peter £250
82 Hunt, Adam £250
82 Huybrechts, Ronny £250
82 Jackson, Charlie £250
82 Kanik, Tytus £250
82 Kantele, Marko £250
82 Koltsov, Boris £250
82 Lowe, Jason £250
82 Lynn, Barry £250
82 McCarthy, Josh £250
82 Mitchell, Peter £250
82 Murray, Ryan £250
82 Newell, Tony £250
82 Payne, Josh £250
82 Plooy, Michael £250
82 Raman, Brian £250
82 Robbe, Mario £250
82 Rodriguez, Rusty-Jake £250
82 Roith, Bernd £250
82 Rowley, Paul £250
82 Rydz, Callan £250
82 Searle, Ryan £250
82 Taylor, Scott £250
82 Vreede, Ryan de £250
82 Walsh, Mark £250
82 Williams, Ricky £250
129 Anderson, Gary £0
129 Baelen, Davy Van £0
129 Barneveld, Raymond van £0
129 Baxter, Ronnie £0
129 Brooks, Bradley £0
129 Brown, Jim £0
129 Burness, Kevin £0
129 Burton, Stephen £0
129 Caven, Jamie £0
129 Cross, Rob £0
129 Darbyshire, Scott £0
129 Dobey, Chris £0
129 Duijvenbode, Dirk van £0
129 Eastwood, Gary £0
129 Edhouse, Ritchie £0
129 Goldie, John £0
129 Groen, Sven £0
129 Hine, Steve £0
129 Hopp, Max £0
129 Jacques, Peter £0
129 Jiwa, Prakash £0
129 Johnson, Darren £0
129 Joyce, Ryan £0
129 Kamphuis, Vincent £0
129 Kirk, Aden £0
129 Kist, Christian £0
129 Lam, Ting Chi Royden £0
129 Langendorf, Maik £0
129 Monk, Arron £0
129 Murnan, Joe £0
129 Murschell, Dawson £0
129 Noppert, Danny £0
129 Norman, John jnr £0
129 Painter, Kevin £0
129 Part, John £0
129 Pas, Benito van de £0
129 Petersen, Devon £0
129 Quantock, Chris £0
129 Razma, Madars £0
129 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £0
129 Smith, Ross £0
129 Suljovic, Mensur £0
129 Tabern Alan £0
129 Temple, Terry £0
129 Twell, Ross £0
129 West, Steve £0
129 Wilson, Mark £0
129 Woodhouse, Luke £0
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