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PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 World Matchplay

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 28 Jul 2021
Dimitri van den Bergh finished runner-up in Blackpool (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dimitri van den Bergh has climbed to a career-high fifth in the PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 World Matchplay.

Van den Bergh fell narrowly short of retaining the Betfred World Matchplay title on his first visit to the Winter Gardens, going down 18-9 to Peter Wright in last Sunday’s final.

The Belgian ace, who had claimed the £150,000 top prize on his debut 12 months ago, began his title defence as world number eight, but has climbed a further three places as a result of a successive final appearance.

He is now less than £10,000 adrift of James Wade in fourth as he bids to break in to the automatic qualification places for next season’s Premier League.

Wright claimed the Phil Taylor trophy for the first time in ruthless fashion and has closed the gap on Gerwyn Price at the top of the PDC Order of Merit.

Wright is yet to secure the world number one spot but and is back to within £200,000 of Price, however the colourful Scot is defending his World Championship triumph from two years ago against his ranking come January.

The top four remain unchanged, while Dave Chisnall and Jose De Sousa have each climbed two places to seventh and eighth respectively.

Michael Smith, who was World Matchplay runner-up in 2019, drops two places to ninth, while Rob Cross – who beat Smith in that final – has slipped seven places to 12th as a result of his shock Second Round defeat to Callan Rydz last week.

Krzysztof Ratajski’s run to a first PDC major Semi-Final sees him climb two places to 11th, while Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton also rise two places apiece.

Glen Durrant, a semi-finalist in Blackpool two years ago, was beaten in Round One on his return and has consequently dropped three places to 15th amid a concerning slump in form.

Daryl Gurney’s First Round defeat to Ian White has seen him drop out of the world’s top 16, with White leapfrogging the two-time major winner.

Luke Humphries, who enjoyed a prolific First Round win over James Wade on his Matchplay debut, is up four places to 27th, with Brendan Dolan and Jermaine Wattimena also climbing two places despite their First Round exits.

Rydz came into the event as the lowest ranked player in the field, and his impressive debut run to the Quarter-Finals has seen him surge eight places to world number 46.

Adrian Lewis drops three places to 31st after failing to qualify for the World Matchplay for the first time since 2004.

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PDC Order of Merit following the World Matchplay

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Gerwyn Price £1,294,000
2 Peter Wright £1,112,250
3 Michael van Gerwen £982,750
4 James Wade £464,750
5 Dimitri Van den Bergh £455,750
6 Gary Anderson £429,750
7 Dave Chisnall £386,750
8 Jose de Sousa £365,500
9 Michael Smith £358,750
10 Nathan Aspinall £342,000
11 Krzysztof Ratajski £336,750
12 Rob Cross £320,500
13 Joe Cullen £296,500
14 Jonny Clayton £273,250
15 Glen Durrant £269,000
16 Ian White £261,500
17 Daryl Gurney £261,500
18 Stephen Bunting £245,250
19 Simon Whitlock £227,750
20 Mervyn King £226,500
21 Dirk van Duijvenbode £217,000
22 Mensur Suljovic £215,500
23 Danny Noppert £207,500
24 Chris Dobey £196,500
25 Gabriel Clemens £193,500
26 Devon Petersen £191,500
27 Luke Humphries £184,750
28 Brendan Dolan £181,750
29 Vincent van der Voort £178,000
30 Jermaine Wattimena £167,750
31 Adrian Lewis £164,750
32 Jeffrey de Zwaan £164,250
33 Ricky Evans £149,500
34 Ryan Searle £147,500
35 Jamie Hughes £141,750
36 Kim Huybrechts £124,750
37 William O’Connor £122,750
38 Ross Smith £120,000
39 Darius Labanauskas £115,000
40 Steve Beaton £109,750
41 Damon Heta £105,500
42 Ryan Joyce £104,000
43 Keegan Brown £95,500
44 John Henderson £90,000
45 Max Hopp £88,750
46 Callan Rydz £87,500
47 Steve West £83,500
48 Luke Woodhouse £81,250
49 Steve Lennon £77,000
50 Ron Meulenkamp £72,250
51 Andy Boulton £66,750
52 Darren Webster £66,000
53 Madars Razma £65,750
54 Jason Lowe £61,000
55 Adam Hunt £61,000
56 Justin Pipe £59,000
57 Mickey Mansell £56,500
58 Martijn Kleermaker £56,000
59 Jelle Klaasen £52,250
60 Maik Kuivenhoven £51,500
61 Matthew Edgar £47,500
62 Jeff Smith £45,000
63 Scott Waites £42,500
64 Josh Payne £42,000
65 James Wilson £36,750
66 Ryan Murray £36,250
67 Ted Evetts £35,750
68 Karel Sedlacek £35,000
69 Wayne Jones £32,000
70 Mark McGeeney £31,000
71 Andy Hamilton £30,000
72 Ryan Meikle £29,000
73 Derk Telnekes £29,000
74 Nick Kenny £28,500
75 Mike De Decker £28,500
76 Boris Krcmar £27,500
77 Cristo Reyes £27,500
78 William Borland £22,500
79 Lisa Ashton £22,000
80 Alan Soutar £21,250
81 Bradley Brooks £21,000
82 Raymond van Barneveld £20,500
83 Scott Mitchell £20,000
84 Alan Tabern £19,250
85 Ciaran Teehan £18,500
86 Krzysztof Kciuk £18,250
87 Kai Fan Leung £18,000
88 Peter Jacques £18,000
89 Jesus Noguera £15,250
90 Rowby-John Rodriguez £15,000
91 Martin Schindler £14,500
92 Chas Barstow £13,500
93 Steve Brown £13,500
94 Martin Atkins £13,000
95 Daniel Larsson £12,000
96 Ritchie Edhouse £11,500
97 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £10,000
98 Aaron Beeney £10,000
99 Eddie Lovely £9,000
100 Jason Heaver £9,000
101 Gary Blades £8,500
102 Gordon Mathers £8,500
103 Niels Zonneveld £8,250
104 Robert Thornton £8,000
105 John Brown £8,000
106 Kevin Doets £7,500
107 Keane Barry £7,500
108 Lewis Williams £7,500
109 Luc Peters £7,000
110 Geert De Vos £6,500
111 Joe Murnan £6,000
112 Zoran Lerchbacher £5,500
113 Steffen Siepmann £5,500
114 Jack Main £5,000
115 Boris Koltsov £5,000
116 Jon Worsley £5,000
117 Berry van Peer £5,000
118 Kirk Shepherd £4,500
119 John Michael £4,250
120 David Evans £4,000
121 Geert Nentjes £4,000
122 Peter Hudson £4,000
123 Martin Thomas £4,000
124 Andrew Gilding £4,000
125 Gino Vos £4,000
126 Harald Leitinger £4,000
127 Darren Penhall £4,000
128 Wesley Harms £4,000
129 Florian Hempel £3,500
130 Danny Baggish £3,500
131 Martin Lukeman £3,500
132 Michael Rasztovits £3,500
133 Jose Justicia £3,000
134 Christian Kist £3,000
135 Jake Jones £2,500
136 Sebastian Bialecki £2,500
137 Adam Gawlas £2,000
138 Ryan de Vreede £2,000
139 Kevin McDine £2,000
140 Benito van de Pas £2,000
141 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
142 Jim McEwan £1,500
143 Lukas Wenig £1,500
144 Sean Fisher £1,000
145 Lorenzo Pronk £1,000
146 Pero Ljubic £1,000
147 Robert Marijanovic £1,000
148 Mike Warburton £1,000
149 Gavin Carlin £1,000
150 Brett Claydon £1,000
151 Jim Williams £1,000
152 Rhys Griffin £1,000
153 Scott Taylor £1,000
154 Michael Unterbuchner £1,000
155 Davy Proosten £500
156 Patrick van den Boogaard £500
157 Michal Smejda £500
158 Scott Williams £500

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