PDC Order of Merit Update!

Max Hopp 2018

Newly crowned German Darts Open champion Max Hopp is up to 40th in the world after clinching his first senior PDC title with a thrilling deciding-leg victory over Michael Smith  on a watershed night for the sport of darts in Germany.

The 2015 World Youth champion came through Thursday’s qualifiers to seal his spot in Saarbrucken, before defeating the Premier League trio of Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Michael Smith en route to his fairy-tale triumph.

Hopp was roared on to victory by over 3,000 fans as he became the first ever German player to win a PDC ranking title, which all but confirms his qualification for this year’s World Matchplay and World Grand Prix. It also lifts him up to 40th in the world- his highest ranking position since November 2016.

Michael van Gerwen’s lead at the top of the Order of Merit has fallen to just below £1m after his 20-match winning run on the European Tour was ended by an inspired Ian White in the quarter-finals. Peter Wright remains in second, despite suffering a surprise second-round exit to eventual champion Hopp.

World champion Rob Cross, who departed in the semi-finals, remains in third ahead of two-time world champion Gary Anderson, World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney and Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic.

Dave Chisnall is seventh after his last 16 exit in Saarbrucken, whilst Simon Whitlock occupies eighth; despite pulling out of the weekend’s event due to illness. Nevertheless, Michael Smith has closed the gap on ‘The Wizard’ to less than £3,000 and would have climbed above him if he had triumphed in the dramatic finale.

Smith leapfrogged eight-time major winner James Wade courtesy of his run to the final, but ‘The Machine’ still maintains his top ten status having recorded back-to-back semi-final appearances in the previous two European Tour events.

Gerwyn Price continued his impressive response since suffering Premier League elimination to reach the quarter-finals in Germany, which sees him leapfrog five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the world rankings. Van Barneveld is down one place to 12th, whilst Ian White remains 13th after his run to the semi-finals.

Kim Huybrechts still sits in 14th position, despite missing his first European Tour event since it’s inception after losing in Thursday’s European qualifiers. Alan Norris trails ‘The Hurricane’ by less than £4,000 in 15th, whilst Benito van de Pas has slipped to 16th, having reached the final in Saarbrucken twelve months ago.

Darren Webster is just £6,750 away from breaking into the world’s top 16, whilst Jelle Klaasen and Joe Cullen remain in 18th and 19th positions respectively. Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis is another non-mover in 20th. ‘Jackpot’ made successive Pro Tour finals in Barnsley last weekend, but failed to qualify for the German Darts Open.

Photo Credit: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe

Position Name Value
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,730,000
2 Peter Wright £731,250
3 Rob Cross £653,750
4 Gary Anderson £539,250
5 Daryl Gurney £419,750
6 Mensur Suljovic £362,500
7 Dave Chisnall £338,500
8 Simon Whitlock £304,500
9 Michael Smith £301,750
10 James Wade £295,500
11 Gerwyn Price £273,500
12 Raymond van Barneveld £271,000
13 Ian White £260,750
14 Kim Huybrechts £238,250
15 Alan Norris £234,750
16 Benito van de Pas £227,500
17 Darren Webster £220,750
18 Jelle Klaasen £214,750
19 Joe Cullen £214,500
20 Adrian Lewis £205,250
21 Mervyn King £191,000
22 Stephen Bunting £185,500
23 Steve Beaton £178,000
24 Kyle Anderson £174,000
25 Steve West £161,000
26 Robert Thornton £159,000
27 John Henderson £158,500
28 Jonny Clayton £152,750
29 Justin Pipe £150,500
30 Jamie Lewis £150,000
31 James Wilson £149,500
32 Cristo Reyes £146,500
33 Chris Dobey £128,250
34 Vincent van der Voort £124,250
35 Jermaine Wattimena £114,750
36 Dimitri Van den Bergh £111,000
37 Brendan Dolan £107,750
38 Christian Kist £107,000
39 Mark Webster £102,000
40 Max Hopp £95,750
41 Terry Jenkins £86,750
42 Jan Dekker £86,250
43 Ronny Huybrechts £85,500
44 Robbie Green £84,000
45 James Richardson £81,750
46 Keegan Brown £80,250
47 Jamie Caven £74,000
48 Richard North £73,500
49 Ron Meulenkamp £70,000
50 Kevin Painter £69,250
51 Josh Payne £67,500
52 Devon Petersen £57,000
53 Zoran Lerchbacher £56,000
54 Steve Lennon £55,250
55 Corey Cadby £54,500
56 William O’Connor £53,750
57 Jeffrey de Graaf £52,500
58 Joe Murnan £50,000
59 Andrew Gilding £49,500
60 Toni Alcinas £49,000
61 Ricky Evans £49,000
62 Rowby-John Rodriguez £48,000
63 Martin Schindler £47,750
64 Peter Jacques £45,000
65 Mick McGowan £43,750
66 Mickey Mansell £30,500
67 Ryan Searle £30,500
68 Darren Johnson £29,750
69 Kirk Shepherd £27,000
70 Jimmy Hendriks £25,500
71 Paul Nicholson £24,750
72 Chris Quantock £24,500
73 Robert Owen £23,250
74 Krzysztof Ratajski £22,500
75 David Pallett £22,250
76 Jeffrey de Zwaan £22,000
77 Jamie Bain £20,250
78 Steve Hine £17,750
79 John Part £16,000
80 Danny Noppert £14,750
81 Ritchie Edhouse £14,500
82 Simon Stevenson £13,750
83 Richie Burnett £12,500
84 Ryan Joyce £12,250
85 Gabriel Clemens £11,750
86 Matthew Edgar £11,750
87 Alan Tabern £11,500
88 Nathan Aspinall £11,500
89 Luke Humphries £11,250
90 Madars Razma £11,250
91 Aden Kirk £10,750
92 Scott Taylor £10,500
93 Maik Langendorf £9,750
94 Paul Rowley £9,750
95 Ryan Meikle £9,500
96 Jamie Hughes £9,500
97 Stephen Burton £9,250
98 Michael Barnard £8,750
99 Luke Woodhouse £8,250
100 Ronnie Baxter £8,250

 

 

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