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PDC Order of Merit Update June 2012 - Lewis Closes The Gap

Phil Taylor heads into July's World Matchplay defending £100,000 in prize money (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Adrian Lewis edges closer to challenging Phil Taylor for the coveted world number one spot as Raymond van Barneveld continues to move in the right direction and the race for top 16 places hots up. 

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The latest PDC rankings make interesting reading as the season heads into its' business end, with summer's showpiece event - the 2012 World Matchplay just around the corner.

One thing remains the same though, Phil Taylor continues to top the pile, but he may begin to look over his shoulder should he fail to defend titles he has claimed over the past two years.

The Power led the way by almost half a million pounds in 2010, but the rise of his former apprentice Adrian Lewis and his back-to-back world titles have seen that gap closed to within £90,000.

The 15-time World Champion lost £20,000 from his tally following his defeat in the recent UK Open final, but will no doubt take some beating at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool next month, a venue which he has thrived over the last decade.

A shock defeat in the first round of the World Championship this year looked to spell the beginning of the end for Raymond van Barneveld, but the Dutch sensation has found a second wind and has moved up two places to seventh.

He will need to maintain his resurgence and new-found relaxed mind-set if he is to remain in the top eight however, as he leads Andy Hamilton by just over £1,000.

James Wade and Gary Anderson cement their places in third and fourth respectively, while Wes Newton's rise continues as he occupies fifth spot courtesy of a matched consistency on both floor and stage.

Justin Pipe's dominance in ProTour events is reflected in his 12th place ranking and many feel it is a matter of time before 'The Force' is felt on big the TV stage. 

The tussle for places in the elite top 16 is as competitive as ever, with six players within £10,000 of the all-important 16th spot, enabling players to qualify for major televised tournaments automatically as seeds.

Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones takes up 16th position, with former world number one Colin Lloyd out to regain his place among the world's elite after dropping out for the first time in a decade last month.

The resurgent Ronnie Baxter is also among the contenders, along with the likes of Mervyn King, Pie Man Andy Smith and hotshot Dave Chisnall.

Robert Thornton's sensational UK Open victory saw him leap 15 places to 23rd and the Thorn will be eyeing a return to the big time as he aims to secure World Matchplay qualification within the next month with a series of good runs in Players Championship events.   

Holland's rapid young duo Michael van Gerwen and Jelle Klaasen remain on the periphery of the top 32, as Belgium's Kim Huybrechts continues to go from strength to strength in his first full year on the PDC circuit.

Dean Winstanley and Ted Hankey were the high profile newcomers to the PDC after leaving the BDO in January, but so far it is Yorkshireman Winstanley who has found his feet the quickest, surging to number 68 from scratch following impressive results on the ProTour and successive European Tour qualifications.

Winstanley looks set for his televised debut in the PDC in July's World Matchplay should be retain his place within the highest 16 non-seeded players on the ProTour order of merit, but for Hankey, the expectation and pressure carried by his villain reputation has yet to materialise as he struggles in 88th having failed to take any prize money from the UK Open.

Increasing emphasis continues to be placed on ProTour 'floor' events in which the big guns and stars in the making alike ply their trade in unglamorous places such as Crawley and Wigan in a bid to keep in the hunt for places in the showcase TV events, but ultimately it is success on the big stage which impacts the greatest on the relatively new ranking system.

Here is the latest PDC Order of Merit (top 100 only), correct at June 17 2012 following the Players Championships in Birmingham.

Previous pos Current Pos        Country £ earned
1 1 Taylor, Phil England £630,100
2 2 Lewis, Adrian England £543,200
3 3 Wade, James England £371,200
4 4 Anderson, Gary Scotland £288,000
5 5 Newton, Wesley England £222,000
6 6 Whitlock, Simon Australia £214,900
8 7 van Barneveld, Raymond Netherlands £199,100
7 8 Hamilton, Andy England £198,000
9 9 Webster, Mark Wales £180,600
10 10 Jenkins, Terry England £171,700
11 11 Painter, Kevin England £157,400
12 12 Pipe, Justin England £137,800
14 13 van der Voort, Vincent Netherlands £131,200
13 14 Walsh, Mark England £129,000
15 15 Nicholson, Paul Australia £126,450
16 16 Jones, Wayne England £124,500
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17 17 Lloyd, Colin England £121,300
18 18 Baxter, Ronnie England £118,700
19 19 King, Mervyn England £116,100
20 20 Smith, Andy England £115,900
22 21 Chisnall,Dave England £115,400
21 22 Caven, Jamie England £114,600
23 23 Thornton, Robert Scotland £109,400
24 24 Ovens, Denis England £99,800
25 25 Part, John Canada £97,800
26 26 Osborne, Colin England £93,900
27 27 Tabern, Alan England £88,900
28 28 Dolan, Brendan Northern Ireland £87,100
31 29 Stompé, Co Netherlands £82,700
32 30 Burnett, Richie Wales £82,600
29 30 Brown, Steve England £82,600
30 32 Wright, Peter Scotland £82,500
34 33 Beaton, Steve England £77,500
33 34 Hylton, Mark England £77,000
35 35 van Gerwen, Michael Netherlands £73,100
36 36 Klaasen, Jelle Netherlands £63,800
37 37 Farmer, Steve England £62,500
38 38 Priestley, Dennis England £56,650
39 39 Huybrechts,Kim Belgium £56,600
40 40 Rand, Scott England £54,400
41 41 Dudbridge, Mark England £47,300
42 42 Henderson,John Scotland £47,100
43 43 Bates, Barrie Wales £40,300
44 44 Cullen, Joe England £37,700
45 45 Smith, Dennis England £37,300
46 46 Smith, Michael England £37,200
48 47 White, Ian England £34,100
47 48 Scholten, Roland Netherlands £33,500
49 49 Heydon, Nigel England £33,000
50 50 Suljovic, Mensur Austria £30,000
51 51 Alcinas, Antonio Spain £27,500
52 52 McDine, Kevin England £25,600
53 53 Richardson,James England £23,400
54 54 O'Connor, William Ireland £21,500
55 55 Caris, Magnus Sweden £20,900
56 56 Evans, Steve Wales £19,200
57 57 Monk, Arron England £18,900
58 58 Maish, Steve England £18,550
59 59 Hine, Steve England £17,900
61 60 Roy, Alex England £17,200
60 61 Shepherd, Kirk England £17,100
62 62 Artut, Jyhan Germany £16,800
63 63 Petersen,Devon RSA £16,200
64 64 Thompson, Chris England £15,700
65 65 Griffiths,Shaun England £13,100
67 66 Hudson, Peter England £11,000
66 67 Mansell,Micky Northern Ireland £10,200
68 68 Winstanley, Dean England £9,500
70 69 Temple, Terry England £8,000
74 70 Webster, Darren England £7,800
72 70 Woods,Brian England £7,800
69 72 Ayres, Tony England £7,600
70 72 Jones, Mark England £7,600
73 74 Jiwa,Prakash India £7,000
77 75 Hubbard,James England £5,700
75 76 Rosenauer, Michael Germany £5,400
78 76 Howson, Richie England £5,400
76 78 Todd.Mick England £5,000
79 79 Parody, Dyson Gibraltar £4,600
81 79 Dowling, Kevin England £4,600
80 81 Smith-Neale,Adam England £4,400
82 82 Clark, Matt England £4,200
82 83 Walker, Jim Scotland £4,000
84 84 Brown,Andy England £3,700
86 84 Kellett, Stuart England £3,700
85 86 Crawley,Jason England £3,600
86 87 Johnson, Darren England £3,300
90 88 Hankey, Ted England £3,100
91 89 Gilding, Andrew England £3,000
94 89 Smith, Ross England £3,000
91 91 Vos, Gino Netherlands £2,800
88 91 Brown,Keegan England £2,800
88 91 Cousins, Gareth England £2,800
100 94 Lewis,Jamie Wales £2,700
94 95 Stephen, Keith J Scotland £2,600
93 96 Bowles, John England £2,500
102 97 Edgar,Matthew England £2,400
94 97 Haines, Johnny England £2,400
97 99 Jopling, Ian England £2,200
97 99 Mann, Jimmy England £2,200
97 99 White,Stuart England £2,200
104 102 Gray, Adrian England £2,100
100 102 West, Tony England £2,100
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PDC Order of Merit Update June 2012 - Lewis Closes The Gap

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