The PDC Order of Merit is a world ranking system used by one of the darts organisations, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.[1]

How it works

The Order of Merit is similar to that employed in golf's European Tour. Prize money won during the previous two seasons is calculated and the rankings are determined from this money list. The Professional Darts Corporation adopted an Order of Merit system in 2007, which is based on prize money won over two years for the main Order of Merit and separate one-year rankings for other PDC Pro Tour events.

PDC Top 64 Order of Merit

PDC Order of Merit as of 22 March 2021.[2]
Rank Change Player Earnings
1 Steady  Gerwyn Price £1,302,500
2 Increase 1  Peter Wright £1,024,250
3 Decrease 1  Michael van Gerwen £1,019,500
4 Steady  James Wade £527,000
5 Steady  Rob Cross £465,750
6 Increase 1  Gary Anderson £425,250
7 Decrease 1  Dave Chisnall £422,750
8 Steady  Michael Smith £410,250
9 Steady  Dimitri Van den Bergh £372,250
10 Increase 1  Nathan Aspinall £359,500
11 Increase 1  Ian White £351,750
12 Decrease 2  Daryl Gurney £349,750
13 Steady  Glen Durrant £341,500
14 Steady  Krzysztof Ratajski £327,500
15 Steady  José de Sousa £325,500
16 Steady  Joe Cullen £307,500
17 Steady  Jonny Clayton £285,500
18 Steady  Stephen Bunting £279,000
19 Steady  Simon Whitlock £267,500
20 Steady  Mensur Suljović £254,000
21 Steady  Mervyn King £252,250
22 Increase 1  Danny Noppert £212,250
23 Decrease 1  Chris Dobey £209,000
24 Steady  Jeffrey de Zwaan £204,000
25 Steady  Adrian Lewis £195,500
26 Increase 2  Gabriel Clemens £192,750
27 Increase 2  Jamie Hughes £188,250
27 Decrease 1  Vincent van der Voort £188,250
29 Increase 1  Devon Petersen £186,250
30 Decrease 3  Jermaine Wattimena £186,000
31 Steady  Dirk van Duijvenbode £182,750
32 Steady  Ricky Evans £177,500
*Change since 7 March 2021.
PDC Order of Merit as of 22 March 2021.[2]
Rank Change Player Earnings
33 Steady  Luke Humphries £163,500
34 Steady  Brendan Dolan £163,250
35 Steady  Steve Beaton £143,500
36 Increase 1  William O'Connor £139,500
37 Increase 1  Ryan Searle £135,500
38 Decrease 2  Keegan Brown £134,750
39 Steady  Kim Huybrechts £128,750
40 Increase 1  Darius Labanauskas £127,000
41 Decrease 1  Max Hopp £122,750
42 Steady  John Henderson £114,500
43 Steady  Ross Smith £103,500
44 Steady  Ryan Joyce £103,000
45 Increase 1  Steve West £93,500
46 Decrease 1  Darren Webster £92,000
47 Increase 1  Damon Heta £86,250
48 Decrease 1  Luke Woodhouse £84,500
49 Increase 2  Steve Lennon £80,750
50 Steady  Ron Meulenkamp £78,750
51 Decrease 2  Justin Pipe £76,250
52 Steady  Andy Boulton £70,000
53 Steady  Madars Razma £68,750
54 Steady  Jelle Klaasen £61,000
54 Steady  Mickey Mansell £61,000
56 Steady  Adam Hunt £56,500
56 Steady  Callan Rydz £56,500
58 Increase 1  Jason Lowe £53,250
59 Decrease 1  Matthew Edgar £50,000
60 Steady  Ted Evetts £47,000
60 Steady  Josh Payne £47,000
62 Steady  James Wilson £44,750
63 Increase 2  Maik Kuivenhoven £42,500
64 Steady  Martijn Kleermaker £41,250
*Change since 7 March 2021.

Secondary Orders of Merit

PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit as of 19 March 2021.[3]
Rank Change Player Earnings
1 Steady  Joe Cullen £88,000
2 Increase 2  Peter Wright £71,000
3 Decrease 1  Michael van Gerwen £67,750
4 Increase 3  Gerwyn Price £67,250
5 Decrease 2  José de Sousa £67,250
6 Increase 3  Jonny Clayton £59,250
7 Decrease 1  Michael Smith £56,500
8 Decrease 3  James Wade £53,500
9 Decrease 1  Devon Petersen £51,500
10 Increase 2  Krzysztof Ratajski £43,000
11 Increase 3  Mensur Suljović £40,250
12 Decrease 2  Nathan Aspinall £39,000
13 Increase 2  Damon Heta £38,750
14 Decrease 1  Danny Noppert £38,000
15 Increase 5  Brendan Dolan £33,250
16 Decrease 5  Ian White £31,500
*Change since 28 February 2021
Earnings calculated on 1 year rolling period of Pro Tour events

In addition to the main two-year Order of Merit, the PDC also operates secondary Orders of Merit for their different tours. These include the:

Player exemptions and seedings

The PDC rankings from all orders of merit determine exemptions from the qualifying competitions and seedings for all televised events. Additionally, the orders of merit are used to offer tour cards for the following year.

PDC Order of Merit Exemptions[9]
Tournament Qualifiers (seeds)
By Order of Merit Other
Main PT ET PC CT DT
Ranked televised events
World Championship 32 (32) 32 1 2 29
UK Open TCH 8 8 16
World Matchplay 16 (16) 16
World Grand Prix 16 (8) 16
European Championship 32 (32)
Grand Slam of Darts 0 (8)
Players Championship Finals 64 (64)
PDC Pro Tour
European Tour events 16 (16) 32
Players Championship events TCH (32) RP
Non-ranked televised events
The Masters 24 (24)
Premier League Darts 4 6
Champions League of Darts 8 (8)
Tour Cards 64 2 2 var

Ranking Tournaments

The PDC holds a variety of ranked and unranked televised tournaments throughout the year. There are an additional selection of ranked floor and streamed tournaments that comprise the PDC Pro Tour, as well as unranked secondary tours and events such as the Challenge Tour, Development Tour, and event qualifiers. Money earned in all ranking events counts toward the Order of Merit, with none counting from the unranked events.[9]

PDC Ranking Tournaments with Payouts[9]
Tournament Prize money
Total Champion Runner-up Semi-finalists Top 8 Top 16 Top 32 Top 64 Top 96
Ranked televised events
World Championship £2,500,000 £500,000 £200,000 £100,000 £50,000 £35,000 £25,000 £15,000 £7,500
UK Open £450,000 £100,000 £40,000 £20,000 £12,500 £7,500 £4,000 £2,000 £1,000
World Matchplay £700,000 £150,000 £70,000 £50,000 £25,000 £15,000 £10,000 N/A
World Grand Prix £450,000 £110,000 £50,000 £25,000 £16,000 £10,000 £6,000 N/A
European Championship £500,000 £120,000 £60,000 £32,000 £20,000 £10,000 £6,000 N/A
Grand Slam of Darts[A] £550,000 £125,000 £65,000 £40,000 £20,000 £10,000 £4,000[B] N/A
Players Championship Finals £500,000 £100,000 £50,000 £25,000 £15,000 £10,000 £5,000 £2,500 N/A
PDC Pro Tour[C]
13 European Tour events £140,000 £25,000 £10,000 £6,500 £5,000 £3,000 £2,000[D] £1,000[E] N/A
30 Players Championship events £75,000 £10,000 £6,000 £3,000 £2,250 £1,500 £1,000 £500 N/A
Total yearly ranking payouts £9,720,000 £1,830,000 £845,000 £933,000 £1,164,000 £1,452,000 £1,884,000 £1,312,000 £272,000
  1. ^ The Grand Slam pays an additional £3,500 to the 8 group winners.
  2. ^ The Grand Slam pays £7,500 and £4,000 for third and fourth place finishers respectively in the group stage, which comprise the top 32.
  3. ^ The 2020 PDC Pro Tour was reduced to 4 European Tour events and 23 Players Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. ^ The 16 seeded players at a European Tour event do not receive money toward OoM for a top 32 finish.
  5. ^ European Tour events pay out to 48 players (the complete field).

Unranked Tournaments

The PDC operates additional unranked tournaments for tour card holders and occasional qualifiers throughout the year. This includes five televised premier invitational events comprising the Premier League, Champions League of Darts, World Series of Darts Finals, The Masters, and the World Cup of Darts pairs event.[10][11] Although none of these events count toward the Order of Merit, they all award some number of tournament spots based on Order of Merit position. Additionally there are usually five to seven World Series of Darts events scheduled across the globe each year with eight top PDC players seeded over eight local qualifiers.[9]

Secondary Tours and Tournaments

The PDC also offers secondary tours that do not count toward the main Order of Merit, but do each include their own confined orders of merit. The Challenge Tour is open to any players who played at the most recent Q-School but failed to earn a tour card. Throughout the year, the top players on the Challenge Tour OoM are invited to fill openings on the Pro Tour, receive invitations to the World Championship and UK Open, and at the end of the year receive tour cards for the next two years.[9]

The Development Tour is open to players outside of the top 32 on the main Order of Merit who are between the ages of 16 and 23. Similarly to the Challenge Tour, the top players on the Development Tour order of merit receive tour cards and invitations to the UK Open and World Championship. Additionally, 96 players - comprising 16 invitations, tour card holders of the appropriate age, and Development Tour competitors - partake in the World Youth Championship. Although this championship does not count toward any order of merit, there is a £60,000 payout, and the finalists receive tour cards as well as berths in the Grand Slam and World Championship.[9]

Previous world ranking system

Under the previous ranking points system, Colin Lloyd was the world number one player in the PDC for most of 2005 and 2006, despite most of the major titles being shared between Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and John Part. Although Lloyd also won two major titles, he often accumulated ranking points in the less prestigious non-televised events, in which Taylor did not always compete. Similarly, Alan Warriner was world number one on four occasions before ever winning his first and only PDC major, the 2001 Grand Prix, while Taylor won eight world championships and a host of other titles during that period.

Previous World Number Ones

PDC Ranking Leaders Timeline[12]

Nine players have held the position of World Number One since the World Darts Council started new rankings in 1993. Only Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, and Gerwyn Price have held the position since the PDC switched to the two-year earnings based Order of Merit system in 2007.

Player # Years in which player stood Number 1
England Phil Taylor 13
  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 7
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
England Alan Warriner 6
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 2001
  • 2002
England Rod Harrington 5
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
England Colin Lloyd 3
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
England Dennis Priestley 2
  • 1994
  • 1995
England Peter Manley 2
  • 2000
  • 2001
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 1 2008
Canada John Part 1 2003
Wales Gerwyn Price 1 2021
Italic indicates the player was reigning world champion that year
Bold indicates the player stood number one at the conclusion of that year's world championship

Periods

No. Player(s) From To Length Ref.
1  Alan Warriner-Little January 1993 Incarnation of the WDC 6 November 1994 674 days[A] [12]
2  Dennis Priestley 6 November 1994 1994 Lada UK Masters 10 April 1995 155 days [12][13]
3  Rod Harrington 10 April 1995 1995 UK Matchplay August 1996 479 days[A] [12][13]
4  Phil Taylor August 1996 September 1996 31 days[A] [12][13]
 Alan Warriner-Little (2) September 1996 1 August 1998 699 days[A] [12][13]
 Rod Harrington (2) 1 August 1998 1998 World Matchplay 29 July 2000 728 days [12][13]
 Phil Taylor (2) 29 July 2000 2000 World Matchplay 24 September 2000 57 days [12][13]
5  Peter Manley 24 September 2000 2000 Windy City Open 28 October 2001 399 days [12][13]
 Alan Warriner-Little (3) 28 October 2001 2001 World Grand Prix 5 January 2002 69 days [12][13]
Alan Warriner (4) and Phil Taylor (3) 5 January 2002 2002 World Championship 2 February 2002 28 days [12][13]
 Alan Warriner-Little (5) 2 February 2002 2002 Eastbourne Open May 2002 88 days[A] [12][13]
 Phil Taylor (4) May 2002 4 January 2003 248 days[A] [12][13]
6  John Part 4 January 2003 2003 World Championship 26 July 2003 203 days [12][13]
 Phil Taylor (5) 26 July 2003 2003 Bobby Bourn Memorial Trophy 27 February 2005 582 days [12][13]
7  Colin Lloyd 27 February 2005 2005 West Tyrone Open 11 June 2006 469 days [14][13]
 Phil Taylor (6) 11 June 2006 2006 UK Open 18 June 2006 7 days [15][16]
 Colin Lloyd (2) 18 June 2006 2006 Players Championship 3 1 January 2007 197 days [16][13]
 Phil Taylor (7) 1 January 2007 2007 World Championship 1 January 2008 365 days [12][13]
8  Raymond van Barneveld 1 January 2008 2008 World Championship 8 June 2008 159 days [17][13]
 Phil Taylor (8) 8 June 2008 2008 UK Open 1 January 2014 2,033 days [17][18]
9  Michael van Gerwen 1 January 2014 2014 World Championship 3 January 2021 2,559 days [18][19]
10  Gerwyn Price 3 January 2021 2021 World Championship Present 111 days [19][20]
  1. ^ a b c d e f Uses 1st of month where exact date unknown.
Key
Before 2008 Used old points system
Current Reigning number one on Order of Merit

First WDC/PDC rankings

Following the World Darts Council (now PDC) split from the British Darts Organisation during 1992-94 the WDC drew up its first ranking list in the run-up to its inaugural 1994 World Championship. Mike Gregory and Chris Johns later went back to the BDO set up and Bobby George and many of the non-UK players never competed in the early days of the WDC.[citation needed]

Ranking Player   Ranking Player
1 England Alan Warriner 16 Denmark Jann Hoffmann
2 England Rod Harrington = Wales Chris Johns
3 England Phil Taylor = Netherlands Roland Scholten
4 England John Lowe 19 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
5 England Mike Gregory = England Keith Deller
6 England Peter Evison 21 England Bobby George
7 England Kevin Spiolek 22 Denmark Per Skau
= England Dennis Priestley 23 Germany Bernd Hebecker
9 England Bob Anderson = Germany Andree Welge
10 Scotland Jocky Wilson = Belgium Pascal Rabau
11 Scotland Jamie Harvey 26 Belgium Leo Laurens
12 England Eric Bristow = Netherlands Bert Vlaardingerbroek
13 England Cliff Lazarenko = Republic of Ireland Tom Kirby
14 Sweden Magnus Caris = Australia Wayne Weening
= England Steve Beaton = Finland Mauro Levy

See also

References

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