Van Gerwen returned to winning ways in Melbourne (credit:David Callow/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen has climbed six places to second on the World Series Order of Merit following his victory at the Melbourne Darts Masters.
Van Gerwen entered the season’s fourth World Series event in joint eighth position with Gary Anderson, but his first World Series triumph of the season has seen him surge into the seeded places.
The World Series Order of Merit is used to determine the seedings for upcoming World Series events, as well as qualification places for November’s World Series Finals in Amsterdam.
However, only PDC invites can be seeded for future tournaments, meaning fifth-placed Damon Heta will remain a qualifier for this week’s New Zealand Masters.
Following the inaugural New Zealand Masters in Hamilton, which takes place from August 23-24, at least eight of the 24 players for the World Series Finals will be confirmed.
The top eight players in the World Series Order of Merit will be seeded into the Second Round of the World Series Finals, while a further eight players from the ranking list are also likely to qualify based on 2018 criteria, alongside four PDC Order of Merit qualifiers and four Tour Card qualifiers, still to be confirmed.
Peter Wright, winner of the German Masters and a semi-finalist in Las Vegas and Melbourne, is four points clear at the top of the Order of Merit.
Van Gerwen is joined on 19 points by Melbourne Masters runner-up Daryl Gurney and Brisbane Masters runner-up Rob Cross.
Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade find themselves outside the top eight and must better Simon Whitlock’s run in Hamilton if they are to oust him from the seeded spots.
Corey Cadby is now unlikely to feature in the World Series Finals after suffering back-to-back First Round exits in Brisbane and Melbourne and withdrawing from the New Zealand Masters.
World Series Order of Merit: The latest ranking list following the 2019 Melbourne Masters
Michael van Gerwen has climbed six places to second on the World Series Order of Merit following his victory at…
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