PDC Order of Merit Update!

Nathan Aspinall has surged into the world’s top 16 for the first time in his career following his stunning UK Open success in Minehead, while five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has slipped outside the world’s top 32 for the first time since 2006.

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UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!

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Peter Wright will be the top seed heading into next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead, after winning three of the six qualification events at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight.

Wright tops the Order of Merit after defeating Adrian Lewis, Michael Smith and James Wade in the respective finals, as he amassed a staggering £35,000 in prize money across the qualification campaign.

Simon Whitlock finished in second position after maintaining his excellent Pro Tour form. ‘The Wizard’ won two of the six UK Open qualifiers to record his fourth PDC title in as many months, as he finished with a total of £21,250 in prize money.

World champion Michael van Gerwen was the only other player to win one of the qualifying events and finished in third position as a consequence. MvG endured a disappointing triple-header last week, but performed magnificently in Friday’s fourth qualifier. Continue reading “UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!”

2017 UK Open Order of Merit Update!

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Peter Wright tops the provisional UK Open Order of Merit after winning two of the opening three qualifiers at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan last weekend. Snakebite defeated Adrian Lewis on Friday, before surviving two-missed match darts from Michael Smith to triumph in Sunday’s finale.

The Scot has accrued £21,500 in prize money over the first-triple header and is well placed to be the top seed in Minehead. The final three qualifiers take place next weekend, and a host of big names are under significant pressure to seal their spots in the tournament dubbed ‘The FA Cup of Darts’.

After the conclusion of the six qualification events, the top 96 players on the Order of Merit will qualify for the televised UK Open Finals in March. The top 32 players will enter the competition in the third-round; players ranked 33rd-64th will compete in round-two, whilst players from 65th-96th will begin their campaigns in the opening round.

Simon Whitlock sits in second position after he prevailed in the second UK Open qualifier. ‘The Wizard’ enjoyed a welcome return to form during the latter stages of 2016, and the Aussie defeated Wright en route to winning his third Pro Tour title within four months, at the Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday. Continue reading “2017 UK Open Order of Merit Update!”

2016 UK Open field Confirmed!

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The completed field for the 2016 Coral UK Open has been confirmed following the culmination of the sixth and final qualifying event, which was won by world number one Michael van Gerwen at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

The top 96 on the overall Order of Merit qualify for next month’s event in Minehead, and they’ll be joined by an additional 32 Riley’s amateur qualifiers. The top 32 on the Order of Merit will enter the tournament in the third-round stage; players ranked 33rd-64th enter in round-two, whilst players positioned from 65-96th will compete in the opening round.

There will be a number of big-name absentees in Minehead. Three-time world champion John Part failed to make the cut, whilst the veteran Ronnie Baxter also failed in his qualification bid.

Max Hopp, the current World-Youth champion narrowly missed out, along with former world-youth champion Keegan Brown. Christian Kist, Paul Nicholson, Devon Petersen and Dimitri van den Bergh were among the other high-profile stars to miss out.

The full list of qualifiers can be found below.

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UK Open Order of Merit

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As at: February 8th 2016

Following the opening three UK Open qualifiers that took place in Wigan last weekend, here are the current UK Open Order of Merit standings. Gary Anderson is yet to register any prize money after missing out on all three qualifiers through illness, whilst a number of other established players are facing a serious fight to secure their spots in Minehead.

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