Players Championship Order of Merit update

Nathan Aspinall leads the way on the Players Championship Order of Merit following the opening weekend of action in Barnsley, which saw ‘The Asp’ produce a nine-dart finish and land a fourth PDC title.

Aspinall has enjoyed a meteoric rise since lifting his first senior ranking title in September 2018, reaching back-to-back World Championship semi-finals whilst also lifting the UK Open and the U.S Masters to establish himself within the world’s top eight.

The 28-year-old’s exploits were rewarded with a spot in this year’s Premier League and following a comfortable 7-3 win over ‘challenger’ John Henderson on Thursday, Aspinall maintained his fine form on Sunday to scoop the £10,000 top prize.

The Stockport star averaged 102 across the event – although his last eight display against world champion Peter Wright generated most headlines. He posted a nine-darter in the penultimate leg of their clash, averaging a whopping 117.50 before sweeping aside Gerwyn Price in the final.

Aspinall is closely followed on the Order of Merit by fellow Premier League star Gary Anderson, who clinched his first PDC title since September 2018 with victory at Players Championship One on Saturday.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ rolled back the years to kick off his 2020 season in style, posting four ton-plus averages and defeating Simon Whitlock, Price, Rob Cross, Joe Cullen and Adrian Lewis en route to claiming a 49th PDC title.

Anderson defeated Jeff Smith in Saturday’s showpiece and the Canadian occupies third spot following his impressive return to the PDC circuit. ‘The Silencer’ was featuring in his first Players Championship event since 2013 and he defeated four top ten stars throughout the weekend.

Smith saw off Dave Chisnall, Aspinall and Wright to reach the first PDC Pro Tour final of his career and the former BDO World Championship finalist also claimed the scalp of world No 7 Daryl Gurney en route to reaching the last 16 on Sunday.

World No 3 Gerwyn Price was denied a sixth Players Championship crown on Sunday although he sits in fourth spot, whilst world champion Wright is fifth following his back-to-back quarter-final appearances, which saw him average 113.70 in defeat to Aspinall in a contest littered with quality.

Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis is tied on £4,000 with Saturday’s semi-finalist Brendan Dolan and Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode, who performed superbly to reach his first PDC ranking semi-final on Sunday.

Mickey Mansell was one of five players to land nine-dart finishes throughout the weekend and he makes up the top ten alongside Ross Smith, and they’re closely followed by Sunday’s semi-finalist Gabriel Clemens, Jamie Hughes, Maik Kuivenhoven and the veteran Steve Beaton.

Michael van Gerwen’s wait for a ranking title in 2020 continues after the world No 1 suffered last 32 and last 16 exits in Barnsley and ‘The Green Machine’ is languishing in 15th position alongside his Premier League colleague Michael Smith.

Former Grand Slam winner Scott Waites enjoyed a solid start to life in the PDC after claiming a Tour Card at Qualifying School last month and he’s joined in the top 20 by three-time BDO world champion and Premier League debutant Glen Durrant.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

PositionNameTotal Prize Money
1Nathan Aspinall£11,500
2Gary Anderson£10,000
3Jeff Smith£7,500
4Gerwyn Price£7,000
5Peter Wright£4,500
6Dirk van Duijvenbode£4,000
6Adrian Lewis£4,000
6Brendan Dolan£4,000
9Mickey Mansell£3,750
9Ross Smith£3,750
11Gabriel Clemens£3,500
12Jamie Hughes£3,250
12Maik Kuivenhoven£3,250
12Steve Beaton£3,250
15Michael Smith£2,500
15Michael van Gerwen£2,500
17Joe Cullen£2,250
18Scott Waites£2,000
18Darius Labanauskas£2,000
18Glen Durrant£2,000
18Conan Whitehead£2,000
18Nick Kenny£2,000
18Steve Brown£2,000
24Darren Webster£1,500
24Rob Cross£1,500
24James Wade£1,500
24Jason Lowe£1,500
24Jose de Sousa£1,500
24Kirk Shepherd£1,500
24Danny Noppert£1,500
24Keegan Brown£1,500
24Ryan Searle£1,500
24Adam Hunt£1,500
24Derk Telnekes£1,500
24John Henderson£1,500
24Martijn Kleermaker£1,500
24Mike van Duivenbode£1,500
24Wayne Jones£1,500
39Ciaran Teehan£1,000
39Karel Sedlacek£1,000
39Ryan Meikle£1,000
39Dave Chisnall£1,000
39Ian White£1,000
39Jermaine Wattimena£1,000
39Jonny Clayton£1,000
39Niels Zonneveld£1,000
39Ryan Joyce£1,000
39Steve West£1,000
39Barrie Bates£1,000
39Daryl Gurney£1,000
39John Michael£1,000
39Luke Woodhouse£1,000
39Matt Clark£1,000
39Mervyn King£1,000
39Ricky Evans£1,000
39Stephen Bunting£1,000
39Wesley Harms£1,000
58Adrian Gray£500
58Alan Tabern£500
58Damon Heta£500
58Daniel Larsson£500
58Darren Penhall£500
58Gary Blades£500
58Jeffrey de Zwaan£500
58Josh Payne£500
58Matthew Edgar£500
58Reece Robinson£500
58Richard North£500
58Robert Thornton£500
58Ron Meulenkamp£500
58Rowby-John Rodriguez£500
58Simon Stevenson£500
58Simon Whitlock£500
58Ted Evetts£500
58William Borland£500
58Andy Hamilton£500
58Geert Nentjes£500
58Justin Pipe£500
58Kai Fan Leung£500
58Krzysztof Ratajski£500
58Lisa Ashton£500
58Martin Atkins (Wigan)£500
58Martin Schindler£500
58Mensur Suljovic£500
58Mike De Decker£500
58Peter Jacques£500
58Ryan Murray£500
58William O’Connor£500
58Yordi Meeuwisse£500
90Aaron Beeney£0
90Andy Boulton£0
90Benito van de Pas£0
90Boris Krcmar£0
90Bradley Brooks£0
90Callan Rydz£0
90Carl Wilkinson£0
90Chris Dobey£0
90Christian Bunse£0
90Cristo Reyes£0
90David Pallett£0
90Devon Petersen£0
90Dimitri Van den Bergh£0
90Gavin Carlin£0
90Harald Leitinger£0
90Harry Ward£0
90James Wilson£0
90Jamie Lewis£0
90Jan Dekker£0
90Jelle Klaasen£0
90Jesus Noguera£0
90Joe Murnan£0
90Jonathan Worsley£0
90Kim Huybrechts£0
90Krzysztof Kciuk£0
90Luke Humphries£0
90Madars Razma£0
90Mark McGeeney£0
90Marko Kantele£0
90Max Hopp£0
90Michael Barnard£0
90Nathan Derry£0
90Scott Baker£0
90Steffen Siepmann£0
90Steve Lennon£0
90Toni Alcinas£0
90Vincent van der Meer£0
90Vincent van der Voort£0
90Robert Collins£0
90Scott Mitchell£0

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