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.
|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|
Dirk van Duijvenbode has continued his ascent up the PDC Order of Merit following the third batch of Players Championship events this season.
Van Duijvenbode claimed his first ProTour title at Players Championship 11 in Niedernhausen before finishing runner-up the following day.
The 2020 World Grand Prix finalist has subsequently climbed seven places in the main PDC Order of Merit to a career-high 24th and within sight of the Dutch number two spot for a World Cup place later this year.
Van Duijvenbode is all but guaranteed a place in July’s Betfred World Matchplay via the ProTour Order of Merit, as well as the Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals later in the year.
Jose De Sousa, who secured the Players Championship 9 title last week, is up four places from 15th to 11th, leapfrogging Daryl Gurney, Krzysztof Ratajski and Ian White.
Dimitri van den Bergh remains in ninth spot after picking up his first Players Championship title in the final event of the quartet but is now closing in on the elite top eight.
Two-time major champion Gurney has dropped four places to 11th to 15th, while Stoke ace White drops one place to 13th after a below-par campaign in Germany.
Rivals Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright continue to trade places, with ‘Snakebite’ climbing back above MVG into second spot despite opting out of PDC Super Series 3.
Jeffrey de Zwaan has dropped five places to 29th having skipped the recent ProTour quadruple-header, while a resurgent Jamie Hughes is up three places to 26th as he continues his recovery after recent surgery on his elbow.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, who was also absent in Niedernhausen, is now in danger of dropping out of the world’s top 32 this season after slipping a further six places to 31st.
Martijn Kleermaker, who enjoyed a superb run to his first PDC ranking final during Super Series 3, has climbed five places to 59th despite missing the World Championship in December due to a positive Covid test.
Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell, who secured his Tour Card at Q School earlier this year, has climbed a further five places to 86th in the PDC Order of Merit and is firmly on his way to securing a debut appearance at Alexandra Palace in December.
Aaron Beeney’s landmark run to a first ProTour Semi-Final has seen him break into the world’s top 100 for the first time and into the provisional qualification places for the World Championship.
Raymond van Barneveld, who reached the Quarter-Finals of Players Championship Ten, remains within £5,000 of the final provisional World Matchplay spot from the ProTour Order of Merit, which is currently occupied by Ryan Searle.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|3||Michael van Gerwen||£972,000|
|9||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£382,250|
|11||Jose de Sousa||£334,000|
|24||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£199,250|
|27||Vincent van der Voort||£183,750|
|29||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£183,250|
|75||Mike De Decker||£26,500|
|82||Kai Fan Leung||£17,500|
|88||Raymond van Barneveld||£14,250|
|106||Berry van Peer||£5,000|
|111||Geert De Vos||£4,000|
|132||Benito van de Pas||£2,000|
|133||Vincent van der Meer||£2,000|
|137||Ryan de Vreede||£1,500|
|152||Patrick van den Boogaard||£500|
James Wade has climbed to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit after picking up his third UK Open title on Sunday.
Having initially won the UK Open in 2008 and 2011, Wade ended a ten-year wait for his hat-trick by denying Luke Humphries his first major title with a dominant display in the final.
Wade’s success sees him join Phil Taylor in winning televised PDC titles across three decades and means he becomes only the third player in PDC history to enter double figures of televised trophies.
He also regains a spot in the world’s top four as a result, leapfrogging former World Champion Rob Cross in the Order of Merit.
Prize money from the 2019 UK Open was deducted following last week’s PDC Super Series, though there have been a number of significant movers following the season’s first ranked major.
Former World Youth Champion Humphries enjoyed a magnificent run to his first senior televised final and has subsequently climbed eight places to 33rd in the PDC Order of Merit.
Devon Petersen, who reached the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open for the first time since 2015, moves up two places to 30th as he continues his impressive progress.
Chris Dobey is up two places to 22nd after a resurgent run to the Last 16 – where he was eventually beaten by world number one Gerwyn Price.
Steve Beaton and William O’Connor have dropped two places to 35th and 37th respectively, while Daryl Gurney leapfrogs 2019 UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall into tenth position.
Peter Jacques, who regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School in January, embarked on a terrific run to the Last 16 and has climbed nine places to 80th.
Martijn Kleermaker is up five places to 64th after also reaching the Last 16 in Milton Keynes, having missed the recent World Championship due to a positive Covid test.
Alan Soutar’s storming start to life as a Tour Card holder continued with a run to the Last 16 on his UK Open debut, and the Scot is up a further eight places to 85th in the rankings.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|2||Michael van Gerwen||£1,044,500|
|9||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£375,250|
|15||Jose de Sousa||£322,750|
|24||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£207,000|
|26||Vincent van der Voort||£190,500|
|31||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£177,750|
|75||Mike De Decker||£23,500|
|83||Kai Fan Leung||£14,000|
|88||Raymond van Barneveld||£11,000|
|125||Berry van Peer||£1,000|
|129||Geert De Vos||£500|
Gerwyn Price has become the new world number one following his World Darts Championship triumph, ending Michael van Gerwen’s seven-year reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit.
Price defeated rival Gary Anderson 7-3 in Sunday’s final at Alexandra Palace to claim his first world title, with the £500,000 top prize elevating him from third to first in the PDC Order of Merit.
Price became the tenth different PDC World Champion and the first to have achieved the feat as a product of Qualifying School, having earned his Tour Card in 2014 – just two weeks after Van Gerwen’s spell as world number one had begun.
He succeeds Peter Wright as World Champion and becomes the tenth different world number one in PDC history.
Van Gerwen, who had held down top spot since claiming his first world title in 2014, will start the new season more than £250,000 adrift of Price and just £23,000 clear of Wright in third.
Despite suffering a shock Second Round exit, 2018 World Champion Rob Cross climbs one place to fourth, securing an automatic spot in the 2021 Premier League.
Anderson had been projected to drop out of the world’s top 16 following the William Hill World Championship, but his run to a fifth world final has seen him climb five places to eighth.
Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall is up one place to fifth, while Dave Chisnall – who whitewashed MVG 5-0 en route to the Semi-Finals at Ally Pally – moves up two places to sixth.
Michael Smith, a beaten world finalist two years ago, was knocked out by Jason Lowe in the Last 64 and has consequently dropped five places in the PDC Order of Merit to ninth.
Krzysztof Ratajski, who reached the Quarter-Finals at Ally Pally for the first time, is up one place to 14th, while Ian White drops two places to 12th.
Premier League champion Glen Durrant ends his first two-year stint as a PDC professional in 13th position, with World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh in tenth.
Stephen Bunting’s sensational run to the Semi-Finals has catapulted him nine places to 17th, less than £15,000 adrift of a return to the elite top 16.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, who was beaten in the Last 64 by America’s Danny Baggish, falls a further three places to 24th.
Gabriel Clemens, who knocked out defending champion Wright, and Ricky Evans – who was beaten by MVG in a thriller – both climb two places to 29th and 30th respectively.
Dirk van Duijvenbode, who enjoyed a superb run to the Quarter-Finals to continue his rapid rise, jumps a further eleven places to 32nd – a landmark achievement for the Dutch star.
Despite his sudden death defeat to Gerwyn Price, 2019 quarter-finalist Brendan Dolan drops four places and out of the top 32 to 34th.
Luke Humphries, who also reached the Last Eight two years ago but was beaten by Paul Lim in Round Two this year, drops eight places to 42nd.
Ryan Joyce, quarter-finalist on his debut two years ago, falls seven places to 44th, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas is up three places to 43rd.
Andy Boulton is among the other sharp climbers as he moves up seven places to 51st, while Latvia’s Madars Razma is up eight places to 53rd.
Adam Hunt, who reached the Last 32 for the first time, surges up 17 places to 59th, while debutant Jason Lowe rockets 18 places to 63rd after his first year as a Tour Card holder.
Benito van de Pas, who failed to qualify for the tournament, is down 15 places to 70th, and Jamie Lewis also drops 15 places to 78th despite reaching Round Two and being beaten in a deciding set by eventual champion Price.
Jeff Smith, Ryan Murray and Scott Waites are up 14, 14 and 13 places respectively, while 2006 semi-finalist Wayne Jones climbs 15 places to 80th.
Lisa Ashton ends her first full season as a PDC Tour Card holder in 98th position, climbing eight places in the PDC Order of Merit after her First Round defeat to Adam Hunt.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|2||Michael van Gerwen||£1,044,750|
|10||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£387,750|
|15||Jose de Sousa||£314,250|
|22||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£211,000|
|28||Vincent van der Voort||£188,000|
|32||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£168,000|
|70||Benito van de Pas||£36,000|
|89||Mike De Decker||£23,000|
|112||Vincent van der Meer||£12,500|
|119||Kai Fan Leung||£11,000|
|141||Martin Atkins (Wigan)||£7,000|
|141||Mike van Duivenbode||£7,000|
|156||Jitse van der Wal||£3,000|
|175||Geert De Vos||£1,000|
|175||Jeffrey Van Egdom||£1,000|
Damon Heta has climbed 36 places in the PDC Order of Merit following a landmark Autumn Series campaign, while Jose De Sousa has also made further inroads.
Heta, the reigning Brisbane Masters champion, picked up his first PDC ranking title in Event Two of the Autumn Series in Niederhausen before reaching the Quarter-Finals the following day.
The Australian ace racked up £13,250 in total across the five days, finishing fourth on the Autumn Series Order of Merit and securing a place in November’s Grand Slam.
Heta is now up to a career-high 80th on the main PDC Order of Merit, with only the power to add over the next 15 months, having secured his Tour Card at the beginning of this year.
Portugal’s De Sousa continues to go from strength-to-strength and has climbed a further six places to 43rd after picking up £8,000 in prize money during the Autumn Series.
In the top 16, World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh is up one place to eleventh, leapfrogging Ian White, while Krzysztof Ratajski has climbed above Mensur Suljovic into 14th.
Chris Dobey has risen one place to 18th, with Mervyn King up two places to 25th and World Youth Champion Luke Humphries having climbed three places to enter the world’s top 32 for the first time.
Darren Webster drops three places to 35th, with James Wilson falling four places to 46th and Kyle Anderson slipping to 48th after missing the Autumn Series.
Devon Petersen, who enjoyed a superb run to a final and hit a nine-darter in a blistering week of form, climbs one place to 51st.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|1||Michael van Gerwen||£1,527,000|
|11||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£339,250|
|24||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£192,750|
|28||Vincent van der Voort||£169,250|
|43||Jose de Sousa||£96,250|
|54||Benito van de Pas||£72,500|
|72||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£23,000|
|89||Vincent van der Meer||£12,500|
|95||Mike De Decker||£10,500|
|99||Kai Fan Leung||£9,000|
|109||Martin Atkins (Wigan)||£7,000|
|109||Mike van Duivenbode||£7,000|
|132||Jitse van der Wal||£2,000|
|143||Geert De Vos||£1,000|
|143||Jeffrey Van Egdom||£1,000|
Dimitri van den Bergh has broken into the world’s top 16 for the first time following his sensational World Matchplay triumph.
Van den Bergh entered his debut Betfred World Matchplay campaign as world number 26, but a remarkable run to victory in Milton Keynes has seen him climb 14 places to a career-high 12th on the PDC Order of Merit.
The 26-year-old defeated Gary Anderson 18-10 in the final to became only the tenth different winner of the prestigious tournament since 1994 and the first Belgian to win a major PDC title.
As well as the £150,000 top prize which sees him soar into the elite top 16, ‘The Dream Maker’ is now also assured of a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
Anderson, who was bidding to defend his title winning prize money from 2018, drops one place into ninth and is leapfrogged by James Wade.
Michael Smith, who reached the Semi-Finals in Milton Keynes, has moved above 2019 Matchplay champion Rob Cross into fourth, becoming England’s top-ranked player.
Glen Durrant, who embarked on a run to the Last Four for the second successive year, continued his rapid rise in his first 18 months as a Tour Card holder, moving into 13th position.
Despite a resurgent run to the Quarter-Finals, Adrian Lewis has dropped two places to 16th, while fellow quarter-finalist Simon Whitlock slips out of the top 16 into 17th.
Mensur Suljovic and Krzysztof Ratajski both drop two places to 14th and 15th respectively, while Stephen Bunting and Joe Cullen both drop three places to 20th and 21st respectively.
Danny Noppert, who enjoyed an impressive First Round scalp of Gerwyn Price, is up two places to 22nd, becoming the new Dutch number two and putting himself in line for a debut in this year’s World Cup of Darts.
Jeffrey de Zwaan, who reached the Semi-Finals in Blackpool two years ago, is down three places to 24th after suffering a First Round exit at the hands of Durrant.
After failing to qualify for the World Matchplay, Mervyn King has dropped five places to 27th, while Vincent van der Voort’s superb run to the Quarter-Finals for the first time since 2009 sees him climb five places to 28th.
Darren Webster is down three places to 32nd after also failing to qualify, while Germany’s Gabriel Clemens climbs four places to 36th after reaching the Last 16 on debut.
Another debutant – Ryan Joyce – is also up three spots to 39th, having claimed his first PDC ranking title during the Summer Series earlier this month.
|Position||Name||Total Prize Money|
|1||Michael van Gerwen||£1,535,250|
|12||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£336,250|
|24||Jeffrey de Zwaan||£192,750|
|28||Vincent van der Voort||£170,250|
|49||Jose de Sousa||£88,250|
|54||Benito van de Pas||£72,000|
|74||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£20,500|
|86||Vincent van der Meer||£12,000|
|94||Mike De Decker||£9,000|
|95||Kai Fan Leung||£8,500|
|102||Martin Atkins (Wigan)||£7,000|
|102||Mike van Duivenbode||£7,000|
|140||Geert De Vos||£1,000|
|140||Jeffrey Van Egdom||£1,000|
|140||Jitse van der Wal||£1,000|
Glen Durrant and Krzysztof Ratajski have broken in to the world’s top 16 for the first time ahead of the upcoming PDC Summer Series.
The first revision to the PDC Order of Merit since play was suspended in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic has seen all prize money removed from the same period in 2018.
With both Durrant and Ratajski having not held a Tour Card in 2018, they have benefitted from others dropping around them.
Durrant, a three-time major semi-finalist in his debut season with the PDC, has climbed three places to 16th in the main Order of Merit, leapfrogging Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting.
Polish ace Ratajski, a six-time PDC ranking title winner, has also moved up three places, one ahead of Durrant by a margin of just £1,500.
Elsewhere, former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall has climbed above Daryl Gurney into a career-high sixth spot, while Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall are also up one place.
Former Players Championship Finals runner-up Jonny Clayton has fallen four places to 19th, while German number one Max Hopp has slipped five places to 28th, having seen his 2018 German Darts Open winner’s cheque removed from his tally.
Steve Beaton, Dimitri van den Bergh and Ricky Evans each climb two places, while Czech Open winner Jamie Hughes has climbed five places to 36th.
Jose De Sousa (52nd) and Devon Petersen (51st) are up seven and five places respectively, while Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell falls six places to 59th.
The PDC Summer Series, which is due to take place from July 8-12 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, will feature ranked Players Championship events on five consecutive days.
They will form the final events to count towards qualification for the Betfred World Matchplay, which will take place at the same venue later this month.
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,505,750
2 Peter Wright £906,000
3 Gerwyn Price £796,000
4 Rob Cross £538,750
5 Michael Smith £516,000
6 Nathan Aspinall £468,250
7 Daryl Gurney £442,000
8 Gary Anderson £431,750
9 James Wade £404,750
10 Dave Chisnall £372,500
11 Ian White £351,750
12 Mensur Suljovic £311,500
13 Adrian Lewis £247,750
14 Simon Whitlock £244,250
15 Krzysztof Ratajski £242,000
16 Glen Durrant £240,500
17 Stephen Bunting £226,250
18 Joe Cullen £223,000
19 Jonny Clayton £218,500
20 Chris Dobey £218,250
21 Jeffrey De Zwaan £210,750
22 Mervyn King £195,250
23 Jermaine Wattimena £188,500
24 Steve Beaton £186,000
25 Danny Noppert £185,250
26 Dimitri Van den Bergh £183,750
27 Ricky Evans £176,250
28 Max Hopp £173,250
29 Darren Webster £162,500
30 Keegan Brown £155,250
31 John Henderson £151,500
32 Brendan Dolan £145,500
33 Vincent van der Voort £142,750
34 Luke Humphries £142,250
35 Kim Huybrechts £129,750
36 Jamie Hughes £128,500
37 Steve West £126,000
38 Ryan Searle £125,750
39 William O’Connor £124,750
40 Gabriel Clemens £120,250
41 James Wilson £112,500
42 Steve Lennon £104,250
43 Kyle Anderson £102,750
44 Ryan Joyce £100,500
44 Ross Smith £100,500
46 Josh Payne £97,500
47 Cristo Reyes £94,500
48 Jelle Klaasen £93,250
49 Ron Meulenkamp £91,000
50 Darius Labanauskas £82,500
51 Devon Petersen £68,750
51 Jose De Sousa £68,750
53 Benito van de Pas £68,500
54 Martin Schindler £67,250
55 Justin Pipe £63,250
56 Luke Woodhouse £63,000
57 Richard North £62,000
58 Jan Dekker £57,500
59 Mickey Mansell £56,500
60 Jamie Lewis £53,000
61 Harry Ward £51,750
62 Matthew Edgar £50,250
63 Toni Alcinas £47,500
64 Robert Thornton £47,250
65 Ted Evetts £45,500
66 Simon Stevenson £45,000
67 Mark McGeeney £41,500
68 Andy Boulton £41,250
69 Madars Razma £30,500
70 Rowby-John Rodriguez £29,500
71 Geert Nentjes £22,000
72 Joe Murnan £20,500
73 Scott Baker £19,000
74 Gavin Carlin £18,750
75 Conan Whitehead £18,500
76 Marko Kantele £17,500
77 Dirk van Duijvenbode £17,000
78 Kirk Shepherd £15,500
79 Maik Kuivenhoven £15,000
80 Christian Bunse £13,500
81 Niels Zonneveld £13,000
82 Matt Clark £12,000
83 Adrian Gray £11,500
83 Reece Robinson £11,500
85 Vincent Van der Meer £11,000
85 Yordi Meeuwisse £11,000
85 David Pallett £11,000
88 John Michael £10,500
89 Carl Wilkinson £10,000
90 Jason Lowe £9,000
90 Jonathan Worsley £9,000
92 Jeff Smith £8,500
93 Derk Telnekes £7,750
94 Kyle McKinstry £7,500
94 Barrie Bates £7,500
96 Nathan Derry £7,000
97 Alan Tabern £6,500
97 Mike van Duivenbode £6,500
99 Kai Fan Leung £6,000
99 Mike De Decker £6,000
99 Martijn Kleermaker £6,000
99 Scott Waites £6,000
103 Martin Atkins (Wigan) £4,500
103 William Borland £4,500
105 Andy Hamilton £4,000
105 Damon Heta £4,000
105 Wesley Harms £4,000
105 Scott Mitchell £4,000
105 Nick Kenny £4,000
110 Karel Sedlacek £3,500
111 Ciaran Teehan £3,000
111 Darren Penhall £3,000
111 Gary Blades £3,000
111 Wayne Jones £3,000
111 Adam Hunt £3,000
111 Steve Brown £3,000
117 Ryan Meikle £2,500
117 Michael Barnard £2,500
117 Robert Collins £2,500
120 Callan Rydz £2,000
120 Bradley Brooks £2,000
120 Ronny Huybrechts £2,000
120 Wesley Plaisier £2,000
120 Lewis Williams £2,000
120 Rhys Hayden £2,000
120 Andrew Gilding £2,000
120 Jesus Noguera £2,000
120 Lisa Ashton £2,000
120 Peter Jacques £2,000
120 Daniel Larsson £2,000
131 Steffen Siepmann £1,500
131 Eddie Lovely £1,500
131 Boris Krcmar £1,500
131 Harald Leitinger £1,500
131 Ryan Murray £1,500
136 Benjamin Pratnemer £1,000
136 Ryan Harrington £1,000
136 Scott Taylor £1,000
136 Stephen Burton £1,000
136 Nathan Rafferty £1,000
136 Jason Askew £1,000
136 Geert De Vos £1,000
136 Jeffrey Van Egdom £1,000
136 Dom Taylor £1,000
136 Kevin Doets £1,000
136 Carl Hamilton £1,000
136 Adam Huckvale £1,000
136 Jitse Van der Wal £1,000
149 Diogo Portela £500
149 Graham Usher £500
149 Arjan Konterman £500
149 Connor Scutt £500
149 Brian Raman £500
149 Matthew Dennant £500