Dimitri van den Bergh has climbed to a career-high fifth in the PDC Order of Merit following the 2021 World…
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.
PDC Order of Merit following the World Matchplay
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|3||Michael van Gerwen||£982,750|
|5||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£455,750|
|8||Jose de Sousa||£365,500|
|21||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£217,000|
|29||Vincent van der Voort||£178,000|
|32||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£164,250|
|75||Mike De Decker||£28,500|
|82||Raymond van Barneveld||£20,500|
|87||Kai Fan Leung||£18,000|
|110||Geert De Vos||£6,500|
|117||Berry van Peer||£5,000|
|138||Ryan de Vreede||£2,000|
|140||Benito van de Pas||£2,000|
|141||Vincent van der Meer||£2,000|
|156||Patrick van den Boogaard||£500|