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PDC Order of Merit following the 2021/22 World Darts Championship

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Peter Wright regained the Sid Waddell Trophy (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright has moved to within touching distance of the world number one spot following his second World Championship triumph at Alexandra Palace.

Wright defeated Michael Smith 7-5 in Monday’s final to secure his second William Hill World Championship title in the space of three years, becoming the sixth multiple PDC World Champion.

Wright, who also claimed the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals titles during 2021, headed to Ally Pally defending £500,000 against his world ranking from his initial World Championship success in 2020.

The 51-year-old’s success in defending that tally, coupled with Gerwyn Price’s Quarter-Final exit, means he heads into the new season just £15,250 adrift of the Welshman at the top of the Order of Merit.

Wright, who has now won six major TV ranking titles, is yet to occupy the world number one spot but has the opportunity to do so as early as February.

Smith, who squandered a 5-4 lead in his quest to claim an elusive maiden major, climbs four places to world number five after defeat in a second World Championship final since 2019.

Smith is the only mover inside the world’s top eight, while Michael van Gerwen’s withdrawal from the tournament at the Third Round stage due to a positive Covid test has seen him lose significant ground on the top two.

Dimitri van den Bergh’s shock Second Round defeat to Florian Hempel means he drops four places to ninth, with German ace Hempel surging 25 places to world number 62 at the end of his first season as a Tour Card holder.

Nathan Aspinall is down four places to world number 14 following his Third Round exit to emerging star Callan Rydz – whose remarkable run to the Quarter-Finals sees him enter the world’s top 32 for the first time, climbing six places to 30th.

Dirk van Duijvenbode has regained his place in the top 16, climbing two places to 15th following his run to the Last 16 at Ally Pally.

Mervyn King, who enjoyed a fine run to his first World Championship Quarter-Final since 2009, climbs four places to world number 17 as a result.

Stephen Bunting, who was seeded 16 at Ally Pally, drops four places after a dramatic Second Round defeat at the hands of Ross Smith, while Simon Whitlock falls five places to 25th after losing out to debutant Martijn Kleermaker in his opener.

Dutch ace Kleermaker, who also defeated Joe Cullen en route to the Last 16, climbs ten places to 40th in the PDC Order of Merit.

Glen Durrant’s worrying demise continues as he tumbles a further seven places to 31st after a straight sets defeat to Willie O’Connor in the Last 64.

O’Connor climbs five places to 37th, while fellow Irishman Steve Lennon is also upwardly mobile again, rising eight places to 44th after reaching the Third Round.

Adrian Lewis’ Second Round defeat to Gary Anderson means he falls a further four places to 39th – his lowest ranking position since joining the PDC in 2004.

Alan Soutar became an overnight hero in Scotland after embarking on a sensational debut run to the Last 16, and ‘Soots’ has reaped the rewards by rocketing 26 places to world number 51 at the end of his first season in the PDC.

Willie Borland, who landed an historic nine-darter in a sudden death leg against Bradley Brooks on his Ally Pally debut before losing out to Ryan Searle, climbs ten places to 55th in the PDC Order of Merit.

Raymond van Barneveld, who was beaten by Rob Cross in Round Two on his return to the palace, is up ten places to 58th at the end of his first comeback season which saw him win a ProTour event last February.

Mike De Decker and Ryan Meikle are both up eleven places to 59th and 60th respectively, preserving their Tour Card status for 2022.

World Cup winner John Henderson, who failed to qualify for the World Championship, ends the season as world number 63 and is set to retain his Tour Card alongside Max Hopp – who drops 17 places to 64th after also failing to qualify.

Scott Waites, Darren Webster, Matthew Edgar, Jelle Klaasen, Lisa Ashton, Andy Hamilton and Justin Pipe are among the notable names to lose their Tour Card at the end of the campaign.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2021/22 World Darts Championship

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,206,750
2 Peter Wright £1,191,500
3 Michael van Gerwen £656,750
4 James Wade £564,750
5 Michael Smith £540,750
6 Gary Anderson £487,500
7 Jose de Sousa £429,750
8 Jonny Clayton £415,250
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh £408,750
10 Rob Cross £357,000
11 Joe Cullen £313,750
12 Krzysztof Ratajski £310,250
13 Dave Chisnall £288,000
14 Nathan Aspinall £275,000
15 Dirk van Duijvenbode £271,750
16 Ryan Searle £261,250
17 Mervyn King £241,250
18 Danny Noppert £233,750
19 Luke Humphries £224,500
20 Stephen Bunting £224,250
21 Gabriel Clemens £218,250
22 Daryl Gurney £213,250
23 Brendan Dolan £206,000
24 Ian White £200,000
25 Simon Whitlock £199,750
26 Devon Petersen £195,500
27 Mensur Suljovic £192,000
28 Vincent van der Voort £178,000
29 Damon Heta £177,250
30 Callan Rydz £175,250
31 Glen Durrant £169,500
32 Chris Dobey £156,500
33 Ross Smith £144,250
34 Ryan Joyce £128,000
35 Kim Huybrechts £123,000
36 Jermaine Wattimena £116,250
37 William O’Connor £111,250
38 Jamie Hughes £111,250
39 Adrian Lewis £106,750
40 Martijn Kleermaker £105,500
41 Ricky Evans £103,000
42 Adam Hunt £87,500
43 Darius Labanauskas £86,000
44 Steve Lennon £85,000
45 Jeffrey de Zwaan £82,750
46 Jason Lowe £80,500
47 Luke Woodhouse £71,250
48 Maik Kuivenhoven £70,750
49 Madars Razma £70,750
50 Steve Beaton £70,000
51 Alan Soutar £67,000
52 Ron Meulenkamp £64,000
53 Jeff Smith £59,000
54 Steve West £58,500
55 William Borland £57,000
56 Andy Boulton £56,500
57 Keegan Brown £55,000
58 Raymond van Barneveld £53,500
59 Mike De Decker £53,000
60 Ryan Meikle £52,750
61 Boris Krcmar £50,000
62 Florian Hempel £49,000
63 John Henderson £48,750
64 Max Hopp £48,000
65 Rowby-John Rodriguez £46,500
66 Scott Waites £46,500
67 Martin Schindler £45,500
68 Ritchie Edhouse £45,250
69 Mickey Mansell £44,500
70 Bradley Brooks £43,500
71 Karel Sedlacek £40,500
72 Keane Barry £40,250
73 Ryan Murray £40,250
74 Nick Kenny £39,500
75 Scott Mitchell £37,500
76 Matthew Edgar £37,250
77 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £36,000
78 Jelle Klaasen £36,000
79 Lisa Ashton £35,500
80 Wayne Jones £35,500
81 Lewis Williams £35,250
82 Raymond Smith £35,000
83 Joe Murnan £35,000
84 Ted Evetts £34,750
85 Andy Hamilton £34,000
86 Jason Heaver £32,500
87 Chas Barstow £32,000
88 Derk Telnekes £30,000
89 Justin Pipe £29,000
90 Fallon Sherrock £27,500
91 James Wilson £25,500
92 Alan Tabern £25,250
93 Jim Williams £23,500
94 Boris Koltsov £23,000
95 Darren Webster £23,000
96 Peter Jacques £21,500
97 Ciaran Teehan £21,500
98 Kai Fan Leung £20,500
99 Daniel Larsson £20,000
100 Josh Payne £20,000
101 Krzysztof Kciuk £19,250
102 Steve Brown £18,250
103 Gordon Mathers £18,000
104 Adam Gawlas £17,500
105 Jesus Noguera £16,750
106 Kevin Doets £16,000
107 Chris Landman £15,000
108 Martin Atkins £15,000
109 John Michael £14,250
110 Peter Hudson £13,500
111 Matt Campbell £11,500
112 Eddie Lovely £11,500
113 Niels Zonneveld £10,750
114 Aaron Beeney £10,500
115 Nathan Rafferty £10,000
116 Geert De Vos £10,000
117 Martin Lukeman £9,500
118 Robert Thornton £9,000
119 Gary Blades £9,000
120 Adam Smith-Neale £9,000
121 Danny Baggish £8,000
122 Andrew Gilding £8,000
123 Geert Nentjes £8,000
124 Luc Peters £8,000
125 John Brown £8,000
126 Ben Robb £7,500
127 Daniel Lauby £7,500
128 Diogo Portela £7,500
129 Fabian Schmutzler £7,500
130 John Norman Jnr £7,500
131 Ky Smith £7,500
132 Lourence Ilagan £7,500
133 Nitin Kumar £7,500
134 Paul Lim £7,500
135 Roman Benecky £7,500
136 Royden Lam £7,500
137 Toyokazu Shibata £7,500
138 Yuki Yamada £7,500
139 Mark McGeeney £7,500
140 Martin Thomas £7,500
141 Jack Main £7,000
142 Jon Worsley £6,500
143 Jim McEwan £6,000
144 David Evans £6,000
145 Berry van Peer £6,000
146 Zoran Lerchbacher £6,000
147 Steffen Siepmann £5,500
148 Jose Justicia £5,000
149 Brett Claydon £5,000
150 Harald Leitinger £5,000
151 Kirk Shepherd £4,500
152 Joe Davis £4,000
153 Michael Rasztovits £4,000
154 Gino Vos £4,000
155 Darren Penhall £4,000
156 Wesley Harms £4,000
157 Gavin Carlin £3,500
158 Jake Jones £3,500
159 Sean Fisher £3,000
160 Christian Kist £3,000
161 Ryan de Vreede £2,500
162 Kevin McDine £2,500
163 Lukas Wenig £2,500
164 Sebastian Bialecki £2,500
165 Cristo Reyes £2,500
166 Andreas Harrysson £2,000
167 Kenny Neyens £2,000
168 Richard Veenstra £2,000
169 Benito van de Pas £2,000
170 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
171 Carl Wilkinson £1,500
172 Michael Unterbuchner £1,500
173 Scott Williams £1,000
174 Davy Proosten £1,000
175 Craig Galliano £1,000
176 Dyson Parody £1,000
177 Justin Broton £1,000
178 Justin Hewitt £1,000
179 Patrik Kovacs £1,000
180 Gabor Jagicza £1,000
181 Janos Vegso £1,000
182 Johan Engstrom £1,000
183 Jozsef Rucska £1,000
184 Peter Strbik £1,000
185 Thomas Lovely £1,000
186 Shane McGuirk £1,000
187 Lorenzo Pronk £1,000
188 Pero Ljubic £1,000
189 Robert Marijanovic £1,000
190 Mike Warburton £1,000
191 Rhys Griffin £1,000
192 Scott Taylor £1,000
193 Patrick van den Boogaard £500
194 Michal Smejda £500

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