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Ross Smith clinches fairy-tale first major title at the European Championship

PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 European Championship | Smith climbs to career-high spot

Jamie Shaw in European Championship 31 Oct 2022
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Ross Smith has climbed to a career-high 20th on the PDC Order of Merit after securing an historic first major title at the 2022 European Championship.

Smith became the latest new winner of a televised PDC ranking event as he claimed glory in Dortmund on Sunday with an 11-8 victory over Michael Smith in the final.

The 33-year-old, who had never previously been beyond the Quarter-Final stage of a PDC major, picked up £120,000 in prize money and has risen eight places to 20th in the main Order of Merit.

The triumph also secured ‘Smudger’ a place in next month’s Grand Slam of Darts and moves him within sight of the world’s top 16.

Meanwhile, Gerwyn Price has reclaimed the world number one spot less than four weeks after being leapfrogged by Peter Wright.

Wright, who won the 2020 European Championship, needed to reach at least the Semi-Final stage in order to remain world number one, but was beaten 10-8 by Ross Smith in the Quarter-Finals.

Price suffered a shock 6-4 defeat at the hands of Rowby-John Rodriguez in Round One and is gearing up for a crucial World Championship campaign at the end of the season – where he is defending the £500,000 title-winning prize money from two years ago.

Rob Cross and Luke Humphries have climbed above Jonny Clayton into seventh and eighth respectively, while Danny Noppert moves above Gary Anderson into the top ten.

Chris Dobey’s fine run to the Semi-Finals in Dortmund has seen him climb four places to 22nd, having also reached the Quarter-Finals of the recent World Grand Prix.

Ryan Meikle and Andrew Gilding have both moved up four places to 45th and 46th respectively following their debut appearances in the European Championship.

Josh Rock’s remarkable rise continues as he storms a further 11 places into 55th after reaching the Last 16 on his TV debut, just a week after picking up a first Players Championship title.

Rowby-John Rodriguez is up seven places to 60th, while Ian White drops out of the world’s top 32 after failing to qualify for the European Championship.

Devon Petersen, semi-finalist in 2020, drops four places to 37th, while Jamie Hughes and Maik Kuivenhoven fall seven places to 53rd and 66th respectively.

Steve West, quarter-finalist in 2020, is down eight places to 76th and at risk of losing his Tour Card at the end of the season, as Jeffrey de Zwaan also drops outside of the top 64.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 European Championship

Position Name Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,187,250
2 Peter Wright £1,182,000
3 Michael van Gerwen £896,750
4 Michael Smith £664,500
5 James Wade £505,750
6 Jose de Sousa £473,750
7 Rob Cross £442,500
8 Luke Humphries £438,500
9 Jonny Clayton £437,750
10 Danny Noppert £428,500
11 Gary Anderson £418,250
12 Nathan Aspinall £394,250
13 Dimitri Van den Bergh £384,500
14 Dave Chisnall £366,000
15 Joe Cullen £361,500
16 Dirk van Duijvenbode £359,500
17 Ryan Searle £336,750
18 Damon Heta £326,500
19 Krzysztof Ratajski £312,250
20 Ross Smith £289,000
21 Stephen Bunting £283,750
22 Chris Dobey £244,250
23 Gabriel Clemens £234,250
24 Mervyn King £234,000
25 Callan Rydz £232,000
26 Daryl Gurney £231,000
27 Brendan Dolan £227,750
28 Vincent van der Voort £185,500
29 Simon Whitlock £168,000
30 Kim Huybrechts £153,250
31 Mensur Suljovic £147,000
32 Adrian Lewis £144,750
33 Ian White £144,750
34 Madars Razma £142,250
35 Martin Schindler £139,250
36 William O’Connor £125,750
37 Devon Petersen £121,000
38 Ricky Evans £116,000
39 Ryan Joyce £115,000
40 Jermaine Wattimena £113,250
41 Martin Lukeman £105,000
42 Martijn Kleermaker £101,500
43 Alan Soutar £97,000
44 Keane Barry £91,750
45 Ryan Meikle £90,750
46 Andrew Gilding £90,750
47 Darius Labanauskas £87,750
48 Luke Woodhouse £87,500
49 Glen Durrant £84,000
50 Adam Hunt £83,250
51 Steve Lennon £82,250
52 Raymond van Barneveld £82,000
53 Jamie Hughes £80,750
54 Boris Krcmar £77,250
55 Josh Rock £75,000
56 Ritchie Edhouse £74,250
57 Ron Meulenkamp £74,000
58 Jason Lowe £73,250
59 Steve Beaton £72,500
60 Rowby-John Rodriguez £70,750
61 Florian Hempel £70,250
62 Mike De Decker £67,000
63 Jeff Smith £66,500
64 Andy Boulton £65,500
65 Keegan Brown £65,250
66 Maik Kuivenhoven £64,750
67 Jeffrey de Zwaan £61,000
68 Joe Murnan £57,000
69 John Henderson £55,750
70 William Borland £54,000
71 Lewy Williams £52,000
72 Scott Mitchell £50,000
73 Max Hopp £47,000
74 Adam Gawlas £42,750
75 Niels Zonneveld £41,000
76 Steve West £40,250
77 Jason Heaver £40,250
78 Jim Williams £40,000
79 Scott Williams £38,000
80 Geert Nentjes £37,250
81 Karel Sedlacek £35,000
82 Boris Koltsov £31,750
83 Gordon Mathers £30,250
84 Matt Campbell £29,500
85 Danny Jansen £28,750
86 Cameron Menzies £26,250
87 Scott Waites £26,000
88 John O’Shea £25,000
89 Mickey Mansell £24,750
90 Berry van Peer £24,500
91 Peter Hudson £24,000
92 Eddie Lovely £22,250
93 Danny Baggish £21,750
94 Nathan Rafferty £21,750
95 John Michael £21,000
96 Kevin Doets £20,750
97 Geert De Vos £19,000
98 Mario Vandenbogaerde £18,750
99 Jon Worsley £18,250
100 Ricardo Pietreczko £18,000
101 Krzysztof Kciuk £18,000
102 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £17,250
103 Ted Evetts £17,000
104 Wesley Plaisier £16,750
105 Brian Raman £16,750
106 Sebastian Bialecki £16,500
107 Brett Claydon £15,750
108 Jack Main £15,750
109 Jose Justicia £15,500
110 George Killington £15,250
111 Radek Szaganski £15,250
112 Connor Scutt £15,250
113 Shaun Wilkinson £14,000
114 James Wilson £13,750
115 Luc Peters £13,000
116 Lee Evans £12,750
117 Richie Burnett £12,500
118 Damian Mol £12,250
119 Lukas Wenig £11,750
120 Bradley Brooks £11,250
121 Jimmy Hendriks £11,000
122 David Evans £11,000
123 Jamie Clark £11,000
124 Zoran Lerchbacher £10,750
125 Danny van Trijp £10,500
126 Tony Martinez £10,500
127 Gian van Veen £10,250
128 Kevin Burness £10,250
129 John Brown £10,250
130 Ross Montgomery £9,750
131 Stephen Burton £9,250
132 Jake Jones £8,500
133 Jules van Dongen £8,000
134 Jelle Klaasen £8,000
135 Robert Owen £8,000
136 Nick Fullwell £7,250
137 Daniel Larsson £7,000
138 Kenny Neyens £6,250
139 Pete Burgoyne £6,000
140 Dragutin Horvat £6,000
141 Darren Webster £5,750
142 Dennis Nilsson £5,000
143 Matthew Edgar £4,250
144 Gary Blades £4,250
145 Michael Unterbuchner £4,250
146 Jim McEwan £4,000
147 Thibault Tricole £4,000
148 Johan Engstrom £4,000
149 Niko Springer £4,000
150 Scott Marsh £3,250
151 Darren Penhall £3,250
152 Stefan Bellmont £3,000
153 Nico Kurz £3,000
154 David Pallett £2,750
155 Graham Hall £2,750
156 Steve Haggerty £2,250
157 Stu Wilson £2,250
158 Craig Galliano £2,000
159 Marko Kantele £2,000
160 Vitezslav Sedlak £2,000
161 Patrik Gosnak £2,000
162 Vladimir Andersen £2,000
163 Fabian Schmutzler £2,000
164 Jim Moston £1,500
165 Colin Osborne £1,500
166 Nathan Girvan £1,250
167 Owen Roelofs £1,250
168 Dylan Duo Jr £1,000
169 Dyson Parody £1,000
170 Manuel Vilerio £1,000
171 Sean Negrette £1,000
172 Andy Baetens £1,000
173 Francois Schweyen £1,000
174 Remo Mandiau £1,000
175 Roberto Vandaele £1,000
176 Wouter Vanrolleghem £1,000
177 Andras Borbely £1,000
178 Franz Roetzsch £1,000
179 Levente Sarai £1,000
180 Pal Szekely £1,000
181 Arjan Konterman £1,000
182 Rene Eidams £1,000
183 Dennie Olde Kalter £1,000
184 Filip Sebesta £1,000
185 Martijn Dragt £1,000
186 Miloslav Navratil £1,000
187 Ondrej Plsek £1,000
188 Dietmar Burger £1,000
189 Michael Rasztovits £1,000
190 Rainer Sturm £1,000
191 Thomas Junghans £1,000
192 Danny Lauby £1,000
193 David Schlichting £1,000
194 Janos Vegso £1,000
195 Ryan Harrington £1,000
196 Wayne Jones £1,000
197 Christian Kist £750
198 Jurjen van der Velde £750
199 Thomas Lovely £750
200 Dan Read £750
201 Jeremy van der Winkel £750
202 Gavin Carlin £750
203 Jacques Labre £750
204 Leighton Bennett £750
205 Steven Noster £750
206 Carlo van Peer £750

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