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PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 UK Open | Wright becomes world number one

Jamie Shaw in UK Open 07 Mar 2022
Peter Wright becomes the 11th different PDC world number one (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright has become PDC world number one for the first time in his career following the 2022 UK Open in Minehead.

Wright, the reigning World Champion and World Matchplay winner, has ended Gerwyn Price’s 14-month reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit.

Price needed to reach the final of the UK Open and better Wright’s run in order to maintain top spot, but his Quarter-Final defeat to Michael Smith saw the crowning of a new world number one.

Wright, who lost out to William O’Connor in the Last 16 in Minehead, becomes the 11th different number one since the formation of the WDC/PDC in 1992.

The colourful Scot holds a slender £21,000 lead over Price on the Order of Merit and the pair are expected to become embroiled in a tussle for top spot throughout the season, before the Welshman heads to Ally Pally to defend his £500,000 winner’s prize money from 2021.

A significant weekend of change at the top end of the world rankings also saw Michael van Gerwen drop two places to fifth – his lowest position in a decade.

Van Gerwen was initially leapfrogged by James Wade – who moves up to third, before Smith’s run to the final saw him climb into fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Danny Noppert’s fairy-tale triumph sees him climb seven places to 12th, entering the world’s top 16 for the second time after picking up his first PDC major ranking title.

Noppert becomes the second highest ranked Dutchman and is now in pole position to partner MVG at the World Cup of Darts for the second time.

Noppert’s rise means former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall drops out of the world’s top 16, falling two places to 17th.

Damon Heta’s run to the Quarter-Finals in Minehead sees him climb four places to 23rd, moving above Simon Whitlock to become the highest ranked Australian in the PDC.

O’Connor, who reached his first major ranking Semi-Final at the weekend, is up three places to 34th, while fellow Irishman Keane Barry surges 14 places to 52nd after also reaching his first televised ranking Semi-Final.

Croatia’s Boris Krcmar is up six places to 53rd after reaching the Last 16, while Andy Boulton and Steve West drop four and five places to 57th and 60th respectively.

Martin Schinder climbs back into the world’s top 64 at the expense of Max Hopp and Mike De Decker, while Sebastian Bialecki’s dream run to the Quarter-Finals sees him enter the PDC Order of Merit as world number 81 despite not holding a Tour Card.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2022 UK Open

Position Name Prize Money
1 Peter Wright £1,190,250
2 Gerwyn Price £1,169,000
3 James Wade £571,000
4 Michael Smith £569,750
5 Michael van Gerwen £550,250
6 Gary Anderson £472,500
7 Jose de Sousa £435,500
8 Jonny Clayton £411,750
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh £411,250
10 Rob Cross £347,000
11 Joe Cullen £336,500
12 Danny Noppert £325,500
13 Krzysztof Ratajski £297,000
14 Dave Chisnall £294,250
15 Dirk van Duijvenbode £268,250
16 Ryan Searle £262,750
17 Nathan Aspinall £260,500
18 Mervyn King £238,250
19 Luke Humphries £238,000
20 Stephen Bunting £220,750
21 Gabriel Clemens £206,750
22 Daryl Gurney £204,500
23 Damon Heta £202,000
24 Simon Whitlock £199,250
25 Brendan Dolan £198,500
26 Devon Petersen £194,000
27 Ian White £190,500
28 Mensur Suljovic £185,750
29 Callan Rydz £182,250
30 Vincent van der Voort £180,000
31 Glen Durrant £160,500
32 Chris Dobey £150,250
33 Ross Smith £140,250
34 William O’Connor £127,500
35 Ryan Joyce £126,750
36 Kim Huybrechts £126,500
37 Jermaine Wattimena £115,750
38 Ricky Evans £106,000
39 Martijn Kleermaker £101,500
40 Adrian Lewis £100,000
41 Jamie Hughes £96,250
42 Adam Hunt £86,000
43 Darius Labanauskas £84,500
44 Steve Lennon £80,250
45 Jason Lowe £78,000
46 Madars Razma £75,250
47 Jeffrey de Zwaan £75,250
48 Luke Woodhouse £73,000
49 Alan Soutar £71,500
50 Maik Kuivenhoven £68,250
51 Ron Meulenkamp £68,000
52 Keane Barry £67,250
53 Boris Krcmar £62,000
54 Steve Beaton £61,750
55 Ryan Meikle £58,000
56 Raymond van Barneveld £58,000
57 Andy Boulton £57,500
58 William Borland £56,250
59 Jeff Smith £55,500
60 Steve West £54,250
61 Keegan Brown £54,000
62 Florian Hempel £53,500
63 Martin Schindler £53,000
64 Ritchie Edhouse £52,000
65 Max Hopp £50,500
66 Mike De Decker £49,750
67 John Henderson £44,750
68 Lewy Williams £41,750
69 Scott Mitchell £39,500
70 Joe Murnan £38,750
71 Jason Heaver £35,750
72 Adam Gawlas £23,250
73 Boris Koltsov £23,000
74 Niels Zonneveld £21,750
75 Gordon Mathers £21,500
76 Martin Lukeman £15,750
77 Eddie Lovely £14,250
78 Peter Hudson £14,250
79 John Michael £14,250
80 Geert Nentjes £13,500
81 Sebastian Bialecki £12,500
82 Geert De Vos £11,250
83 Danny Baggish £9,750
84 Andrew Gilding £9,500
85 Berry van Peer £9,000
86 Jon Worsley £8,500
87 Jack Main £8,500
88 John Brown £8,000
89 Connor Scutt £7,000
90 Zoran Lerchbacher £7,000
91 Brian Raman £6,000
92 Lee Evans £6,000
93 David Evans £6,000
94 Brett Claydon £5,750
95 Krzysztof Kciuk £5,500
96 Kevin Doets £5,000
97 Scott Waites £4,750
98 Scott Williams £4,750
99 Jake Jones £4,250
100 Jim Williams £4,000
101 Cameron Menzies £4,000
102 Danny Jansen £3,750
103 Stephen Burton £3,750
104 George Killington £3,250
105 Niko Springer £3,000
106 John O’Shea £3,000
107 Ross Montgomery £3,000
108 Radek Szaganski £2,750
109 Jamie Clark £2,750
110 Luc Peters £2,500
111 Damian Mol £2,250
112 Jose Justicia £2,250
113 Mario Vandenbogaerde £2,250
114 Rowby-John Rodriguez £2,250
115 Graham Hall £2,000
116 Jelle Klaasen £2,000
117 Fabian Schmutzler £2,000
118 Nico Kurz £2,000
119 Jim McEwan £2,000
120 Jimmy Hendriks £2,000
121 Richie Burnett £2,000
122 Ted Evetts £1,750
123 Darren Webster £1,500
124 Nathan Rafferty £1,500
125 Ricardo Pietreczko £1,500
126 Michael Unterbuchner £1,500
127 Danny Lauby £1,000
128 Kenny Neyens £1,000
129 Lukas Wenig £1,000
130 Ryan Harrington £1,000
131 Danny van Trijp £1,000
132 David Schlichting £1,000
133 Dennis Nilsson £1,000
134 Dragutin Horvat £1,000
135 Janos Vegso £1,000
136 Wayne Jones £1,000
137 Bradley Brooks £750
138 Jules van Dongen £750
139 Matt Campbell £750
140 Steve Haggerty £750
141 Tony Martinez £750
142 Nick Fullwell £750
143 Stu Wilson £750
144 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £750

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