Gerwyn Price has become the new world number one following his World Darts Championship triumph, ending Michael van Gerwen’s seven-year…
Gerwyn Price has become the new world number one following his World Darts Championship triumph, ending Michael van Gerwen’s seven-year reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit.
Price defeated rival Gary Anderson 7-3 in Sunday’s final at Alexandra Palace to claim his first world title, with the £500,000 top prize elevating him from third to first in the PDC Order of Merit.
Price became the tenth different PDC World Champion and the first to have achieved the feat as a product of Qualifying School, having earned his Tour Card in 2014 – just two weeks after Van Gerwen’s spell as world number one had begun.
He succeeds Peter Wright as World Champion and becomes the tenth different world number one in PDC history.
Van Gerwen, who had held down top spot since claiming his first world title in 2014, will start the new season more than £250,000 adrift of Price and just £23,000 clear of Wright in third.
Despite suffering a shock Second Round exit, 2018 World Champion Rob Cross climbs one place to fourth, securing an automatic spot in the 2021 Premier League.
Anderson had been projected to drop out of the world’s top 16 following the William Hill World Championship, but his run to a fifth world final has seen him climb five places to eighth.
Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall is up one place to fifth, while Dave Chisnall – who whitewashed MVG 5-0 en route to the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally – moves up two places to sixth.
Michael Smith, a beaten world finalist two years ago, was knocked out by Jason Lowe in the Last 64 and has consequently dropped five places in the PDC Order of Merit to ninth.
Krzysztof Ratajski, who reached the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally for the first time, is up one place to 14th, while Ian White drops two places to 12th.
Premier League champion Glen Durrant ends his first two-year stint as a PDC professional in 13th position, with World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh in tenth.
Stephen Bunting’s sensational run to the Semi-Finals has catapulted him nine places to 17th, less than £15,000 adrift of a return to the elite top 16.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, who was beaten in the Last 64 by America’s Danny Baggish, falls a further three places to 24th.
Gabriel Clemens, who knocked out defending champion Wright, and Ricky Evans – who was beaten by MVG in a thriller – both climb two places to 29th and 30th respectively.
Dirk van Duijvenbode, who enjoyed a superb run to the Quarter-Finals to continue his rapid rise, jumps a further eleven places to 32nd – a landmark achievement for the Dutch star.
Despite his sudden death defeat to Gerwyn Price, 2019 quarter-finalist Brendan Dolan drops four places and out of the top 32 to 34th.
Luke Humphries, who also reached the Last Eight two years ago but was beaten by Paul Lim in Round Two this year, drops eight places to 42nd.
Ryan Joyce, quarter-finalist on his debut two years ago, falls seven places to 44th, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas is up three places to 43rd.
Andy Boulton is among the other sharp climbers as he moves up seven places to 51st, while Latvia’s Madars Razma is up eight places to 53rd.
Adam Hunt, who reached the Last 32 for the first time, surges up 17 places to 59th, while debutant Jason Lowe rockets 18 places to 63rd after his first year as a Tour Card holder.
Benito van de Pas, who failed to qualify for the tournament, is down 15 places to 70th, and Jamie Lewis also drops 15 places to 78th despite reaching Round Two and being beaten in a deciding set by eventual champion Price.
Jeff Smith, Ryan Murray and Scott Waites are up 14, 14 and 13 places respectively, while 2006 semi-finalist Wayne Jones climbs 15 places to 80th.
Lisa Ashton ends her first full season as a PDC Tour Card holder in 98th position, climbing eight places in the PDC Order of Merit after her First Round defeat to Adam Hunt.
PDC Order of Merit following 2020/21 World Darts Championship
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|2||Michael van Gerwen||£1,044,750|
|10||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£387,750|
|15||Jose de Sousa||£314,250|
|22||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£211,000|
|28||Vincent van der Voort||£188,000|
|32||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£168,000|
|70||Benito van de Pas||£36,000|
|89||Mike De Decker||£23,000|
|112||Vincent van der Meer||£12,500|
|119||Kai Fan Leung||£11,000|
|141||Martin Atkins (Wigan)||£7,000|
|141||Mike van Duivenbode||£7,000|
|156||Jitse van der Wal||£3,000|
|175||Geert De Vos||£1,000|
|175||Jeffrey Van Egdom||£1,000|