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Magnificent Michael Smith secures fairy-tale first World Championship title

PDC Order of Merit following the 2022/23 World Darts Championship

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 05 Jan 2023
Michael Smith clutches the Sid Waddell Trophy (Photo by Taylor Lanning/PDC)

Michael Smith has become the new PDC world number one after claiming World Championship glory for the first time.

Smith realised his darting dream by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday courtesy of a 7-4 victory over Michael van Gerwen in the final.

The St Helens star produced an historic nine-darter en route to the title, having seen Van Gerwen miss double 12 for a nine-darter of his own in the same leg.

The triumph came just months after Bully Boy had landed his first major title at the Grand Slam, ending a run of eight consecutive defeats in televised finals.

Smith scooped £500,000 in prize money to storm into the world number one spot, leapfrogging Van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price.

In doing so, he becomes the 12th different world number one in PDC history and the first Englishman to top the rankings since Phil Taylor in 2014.

Price’s shock Quarter-Final exit at the hands of Gabriel Clemens sees him drop to fourth, having won the title two years ago, while last year’s champion Wright trails Smith by around £100,000 in second spot.

A third defeat in a World Championship final for Van Gerwen sees him end the season in third position, despite picking up the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals titles.

Meanwhile, Dimitri Van den Bergh’s superb run to the Semi-Finals sees him climb four places to 11th, while Jose de Sousa rises three places to 14th after reaching the Last 16.

Clemens’ ground-breaking run to the Semi-Finals, becoming the first German in PDC history to do so, sees him storm six places to 19th and in contention for a Premier League spot this year.

James Wade’s shock Second Round exit means he drops two places to tenth, while Dave Chisnall tumbles six places to 18th, having made the Semi-Finals two years ago.

Gary Anderson, World Championship runner-up in 2021, plummets eleven places to 22nd – his lowest end of season ranking since 2010 – following a Third Round defeat to Chris Dobey.

World Cup winner Damon Heta ends the season inside the world’s top 16 for the first time, with European Champion Ross Smith rising two places to 17th and just £7,000 adrift of the Aussie.

Stephen Bunting falls three places to 24th despite his impressive run to the Quarter-Finals, having reached the semis two years ago, but will occupy the 24th and final spot in The Masters later this month.

Daryl Gurney and Vincent van der Voort drop two places to 26th and 30th respectively, while Raymond van Barneveld ends the season in 29th after notably reaching the Semi-Finals of the Grand Slam.

Alan Soutar’s run to the Last 16 for the second successive year at Ally Pally sees him end the campaign inside the world’s top 32 for the first time.

Mensur Suljovic drops out of the top 32 despite a terrific showing against MVG in the Third Round, while 2010 runner-up Simon Whitlock also drops three places to 38th.

Josh Rock’s astonishing debut season as a Tour Card holder ends with the 21-year-old ranked world number 36, having reached the Last 16 at Ally Pally, as well as winning a ProTour event and making the Last 16 of the Grand Slam.

Andrew Gilding climbs five places to 41st, with Martijn Kleermaker up four places to 40th and Ryan Meikle and Ritchie Edhouse also up three places apiece.

Ian White’s failure to qualify for the World Championship means he drops a further five places to 43rd, with Ryan Joyce down four places to 44th and Jermaine Wattimena sinking eight places to 47th.

Ricky Evans, who defeated Fallon Sherrock before losing out to Joe Cullen, drops six places to 48th, while German ace Florian Hempel surges ten places to 50th.

Challenge Tour star Scott Williams, who picked up a Players Championship title in 2022 despite not holding a Tour Card, ends the year in 57th after losing out to Rob Cross in a high quality Second Round contest.

Devon Petersen, who failed to secure a spot in the sport’s show-piece, tumbles 15 places to 58th and will be battling to retain his Tour Card this coming season.

Jim Williams enjoyed a fine run to the Last 32 and subsequently climbs 18 places to 59th, followed by fellow Welsh star Lewy Williams – who rises ten places to 60th.

Czech youngster Adam Gawlas is up 11 places to 62nd, with Ron Meulenkamp and Keegan dropping out of the Tour Card places.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2022/23 World Darts Championship

Position Name Prize Money
1 Michael Smith £1,243,500
2 Peter Wright £1,144,500
3 Michael van Gerwen £1,050,750
4 Gerwyn Price £726,750
5 Luke Humphries £526,000
6 Rob Cross £512,000
7 Jonny Clayton £482,750
8 Danny Noppert £449,750
9 Nathan Aspinall £441,500
10 James Wade £440,000
11 Dimitri Van den Bergh £411,750
12 Joe Cullen £367,750
13 Dirk van Duijvenbode £350,250
14 Jose de Sousa £340,000
15 Ryan Searle £327,500
16 Damon Heta £311,250
17 Ross Smith £304,750
18 Dave Chisnall £294,000
19 Gabriel Clemens £286,250
20 Krzysztof Ratajski £281,750
21 Chris Dobey £274,000
22 Gary Anderson £235,750
23 Callan Rydz £233,500
24 Stephen Bunting £232,750
25 Brendan Dolan £219,750
26 Daryl Gurney £195,250
27 Martin Schindler £189,250
28 Mervyn King £174,250
29 Raymond van Barneveld £165,750
30 Vincent van der Voort £165,750
31 Kim Huybrechts £163,750
32 Alan Soutar £161,500
33 Mensur Suljovic £157,500
34 Adrian Lewis £139,750
35 Madars Razma £138,500
36 Josh Rock £129,000
37 William O’Connor £124,000
38 Simon Whitlock £123,500
39 Martin Lukeman £122,500
40 Martijn Kleermaker £119,000
41 Andrew Gilding £113,500
42 Keane Barry £110,500
43 Ian White £106,250
44 Ryan Joyce £104,250
45 Ryan Meikle £97,000
46 Ritchie Edhouse £96,750
47 Jermaine Wattimena £96,250
48 Ricky Evans £95,000
49 Luke Woodhouse £92,500
50 Florian Hempel £86,000
51 Rowby-John Rodriguez £82,750
52 Darius Labanauskas £82,250
53 Mike De Decker £80,500
54 Boris Krcmar £80,500
55 Steve Beaton £80,000
56 Jamie Hughes £75,000
57 Scott Williams £73,000
58 Devon Petersen £69,250
59 Jim Williams £68,250
60 Lewy Williams £67,000
61 Steve Lennon £65,000
62 Adam Gawlas £64,250
63 Joe Murnan £57,000
64 Jeff Smith £56,750
65 Ron Meulenkamp £56,750
66 Keegan Brown £56,250
67 Maik Kuivenhoven £54,250
68 Karel Sedlacek £51,500
69 Niels Zonneveld £51,000
70 Scott Mitchell £50,000
71 William Borland £49,500
72 Geert Nentjes £48,500
73 Danny Jansen £48,250
74 Cameron Menzies £47,750
75 Matt Campbell £47,750
76 Nathan Rafferty £45,750
77 Mickey Mansell £44,250
78 Jason Lowe £44,250
79 Adam Hunt £42,500
80 Glen Durrant £41,500
81 Jason Heaver £41,000
82 Andy Boulton £40,750
83 John Henderson £38,500
84 Danny Baggish £37,500
85 John O’Shea £36,500
86 Jeffrey de Zwaan £33,000
87 Gordon Mathers £31,750
88 Boris Koltsov £31,750
89 Max Hopp £31,250
90 Scott Waites £26,750
91 Berry van Peer £26,500
92 Jimmy Hendriks £26,000
93 Danny van Trijp £25,500
94 Peter Hudson £24,750
95 Kevin Doets £24,500
96 Sebastian Bialecki £24,000
97 Steve West £23,750
98 Jose Justicia £23,000
99 Ricardo Pietreczko £23,000
100 Eddie Lovely £22,250
101 Richie Burnett £22,000
102 Ted Evetts £22,000
103 Gian van Veen £22,000
104 John Michael £21,000
105 Mario Vandenbogaerde £20,250
106 Leonard Gates £20,000
107 Connor Scutt £19,500
108 Jon Worsley £19,000
109 Geert De Vos £19,000
110 Krzysztof Kciuk £18,000
111 Brian Raman £17,500
112 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £17,250
113 Wesley Plaisier £16,750
114 Radek Szaganski £16,500
115 Brett Claydon £16,500
116 Jack Main £16,500
117 Robert Owen £15,500
118 George Killington £15,250
119 David Cameron £15,000
120 Grant Sampson £15,000
121 Lourence Ilagan £15,000
122 James Wilson £15,000
123 Shaun Wilkinson £14,750
124 Daniel Larsson £14,500
125 Luc Peters £13,000
126 Lee Evans £12,750
127 Christian Perez £12,500
128 Fallon Sherrock £12,500
129 Lisa Ashton £12,500
130 Damian Mol £12,250
131 David Evans £11,750
132 Lukas Wenig £11,750
133 Tony Martinez £11,250
134 Bradley Brooks £11,250
135 Jamie Clark £11,000
136 Zoran Lerchbacher £10,750
137 Kevin Burness £10,250
138 John Brown £10,250
139 Ross Montgomery £9,750
140 Jake Jones £9,250
141 Stephen Burton £9,250
142 Jules van Dongen £8,750
143 Jelle Klaasen £8,000
144 Beau Greaves £7,500
145 Ben Robb £7,500
146 Diogo Portela £7,500
147 Mal Cuming £7,500
148 Nobuhiro Yamamoto £7,500
149 Paolo Nebrida £7,500
150 Prakash Jiwa £7,500
151 Raymond Smith £7,500
152 Toru Suzuki £7,500
153 Vladyslav Omelchenko £7,500
154 Xicheng Han £7,500
155 Nick Fullwell £7,250
156 Darren Webster £6,500
157 Kenny Neyens £6,250
158 Pete Burgoyne £6,000
159 Dragutin Horvat £6,000
160 Thibault Tricole £5,250
161 Dennis Nilsson £5,000
162 Matthew Edgar £4,250
163 Gary Blades £4,250
164 Michael Unterbuchner £4,250
165 Jim McEwan £4,000
166 Johan Engstrom £4,000
167 Niko Springer £4,000
168 Scott Marsh £3,250
169 Darren Penhall £3,250
170 Stefan Bellmont £3,000
171 Nico Kurz £3,000
172 David Pallett £2,750
173 Graham Hall £2,750
174 Steve Haggerty £2,250
175 Stu Wilson £2,250
176 Nathan Girvan £2,000
177 Craig Galliano £2,000
178 Marko Kantele £2,000
179 Vitezslav Sedlak £2,000
180 Patrik Gosnak £2,000
181 Vladimir Andersen £2,000
182 Fabian Schmutzler £2,000
183 Dan Read £1,500
184 Jim Moston £1,500
185 Colin Osborne £1,500
186 Owen Roelofs £1,250
187 Dylan Duo Jr £1,000
188 Dyson Parody £1,000
189 Manuel Vilerio £1,000
190 Sean Negrette £1,000
191 Andy Baetens £1,000
192 Francois Schweyen £1,000
193 Remo Mandiau £1,000
194 Roberto Vandaele £1,000
195 Wouter Vanrolleghem £1,000
196 Andras Borbely £1,000
197 Franz Roetzsch £1,000
198 Levente Sarai £1,000
199 Pal Szekely £1,000
200 Arjan Konterman £1,000
201 Rene Eidams £1,000
202 Dennie Olde Kalter £1,000
203 Filip Sebesta £1,000
204 Martijn Dragt £1,000
205 Miloslav Navratil £1,000
206 Ondrej Plsek £1,000
207 Dietmar Burger £1,000
208 Michael Rasztovits £1,000
209 Rainer Sturm £1,000
210 Thomas Junghans £1,000
211 Danny Lauby £1,000
212 David Schlichting £1,000
213 Janos Vegso £1,000
214 Ryan Harrington £1,000
215 Wayne Jones £1,000
216 Christian Kist £750
217 Jurjen van der Velde £750
218 Thomas Lovely £750
219 Jeremy van der Winkel £750
220 Gavin Carlin £750
221 Carlo van Peer £750
222 Jacques Labre £750
223 Leighton Bennett £750
224 Steven Noster £750

 

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