PDC Order of Merit

The Order of Merit is the official Ranking system of the PDC. It is based on tournament earnings over a period of the past two seasons. The Order of Merit was first introduced in 2007. The ranking system is used for the seeding and/or qualification of players in the Premier events with the exception of the UK Open. From 2009 until 2013, Phil Taylor was the number one ranked player. Since 2014 however, Michael van Gerwen leads the Order of Merit.

The main advantage of using the Order of Merit lies in the fact that when a player has a bad year, his qualifying rights don't diminish right away. However it also takes new players and players that dropped from the rankings longer to earn a top spot. The PDC Order of Merit ranking system thus benefits consistency during the major tournaments such as the World Championship, Premier League and Open tournaments.

PDC Order of Merit Top 16

The Top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit are automatically qualified for all PDC Major tournaments
Michael van Gerwen; Mighty Mike   Netherlands(31)
PDC Ranking: 1; Red Dragon Ranking: 2
Michael van Gerwen is a professional darts player from the Netherlands, currently playingh in the PDC. In 2014 Might Mike became the youngest to player ever to win the World Championships. After this win he was also ranked number one in the...
Peter Wright; Snake Bite   Scotland(50)
PDC Ranking: 2; Red Dragon Ranking: 3
Scotsman Peter Wright always makes a colourfull appearance at the oche due to his wild hair style and eccentric clothes. Nevertheless, Wright or “Snakebite” has been in the top of the PDC for quite some years, although he almost never wins a...
Gerwyn Price; The Iceman   Wales(35)
PDC Ranking: 3; Red Dragon Ranking: 1
Career earnings: .1,497,803
Michael Smith; Bully Boy   England(30)
PDC Ranking: 5; Red Dragon Ranking: 8
Michael Smith's rise to fame came quickly when he beat Phil Taylor in a second round match of the 2014 World Championship. He finished in style with bull's eye for a 128 finish. Right after this match inexperienced Smith lost to Peter...
Nathan Aspinall   England(29)
PDC Ranking: 6; Red Dragon Ranking: 4
Career earnings: .607,925
Daryl Gurney; SuperChin   Northern Ireland(34)
PDC Ranking: 7; Red Dragon Ranking: 12
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Career earnings: .1,359,200
James Wade; The Machine   England(37)
PDC Ranking: 9; Red Dragon Ranking: 9
James Wade “The Machine” switched from the BDO to the PDC in 2004. Ever since, Wade has won the World Match Play (2007), The World Grand Prix (2007,2010), the Premier League in 2009, the UK Open in 2008 and 2011 and The Masters in 2014.
Gary Anderson; The Flying Scotsman   Scotland(49)
PDC Ranking: 8; Red Dragon Ranking: 7
Gary Anderson is a Scottish darts player who reached and won the finals of the PDC world championship 2015 beating Phil Taylor (7 sets to 6). After a successful carreer in the BDO, Anderson switched to the PDC in 2009. Soon the “Flying Scotsman”...
Dave Chisnall; Chizzy   England(40)
PDC Ranking: 11; Red Dragon Ranking: 45
“Chizzy” is one of the few players that has beaten Phil Taylor pre-2012. He knocked out the Power in the 2012 PDC world championship. Howver Chisnall lost to Andy Hamilton in the very next round.
Dimitri van den Bergh; The Dreammaker   Belgium(26)
PDC Ranking: 28; Red Dragon Ranking: 28
Career earnings: .591,804
Ian White; Diamond   England(50)
PDC Ranking: 10; Red Dragon Ranking: 5
Ian White switched sides in 2010. Ever Since White has been a consistent force amongst the top players of the PDC. Although he has not won a PDC Major tournament yet, White won the Antwerp Open, Denmark Open and the English National Championship,...
Krzysztof Ratajski   Poland(43)
PDC Ranking: 18; Red Dragon Ranking: 6
Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland
Career earnings: .424,105
Mensur Suljovic; The Gentle   Austria(48)
PDC Ranking: 12; Red Dragon Ranking: 25
Vienna, Austria
Career earnings: .1,418,867
Adrian Lewis; Jackpot   England(35)
PDC Ranking: 13; Red Dragon Ranking: 24
Adrian Lewis (nickname: Jackpot) is a well decorated darts player from Stoke-on-Trent, England. Lewis made his PDC tv debut in 2004 during the UK Open. In 2011 Lewis became world champion by beating Gary Anderson in the finals (7-5). During...
Simon Whitlock; The Wizard   Australia(51)
PDC Ranking: 14; Red Dragon Ranking: 56
Long haired, goatie and the eyes of a maniac, professional darter Simon Whitlock from Australia is a remarkable appearance at the oche. During his long carreer Whitlock has made the switch from BDO to the PDC a few times. He has been very succesfull...
Chris Dobey; Hollywood   England(30)
PDC Ranking: 20; Red Dragon Ranking: 38
Bedlington, England
Career earnings: .384,750

Outside Top 16

19Jonny ClaytonWales£221,250
20Stephen BuntingEngland£219,500
21Joe CullenEngland£206,000
23Jermaine WattimenaNetherlands£192,750
24Jeffrey de ZwaanNetherlands£188,250
25Steve BeatonEngland£181,750
26Mervyn KingEngland£180,250
27Ricky EvansEngland£178,750
28Vincent van der VoortNetherlands£165,250
29Keegan BrownEngland£158,750
30Brendan DolanNorthern Ireland£157,000
31Max HoppGermany£155,250
33Darren WebsterEngland£142,000
35John HendersonScotland£141,000
37Willie O ConnorIreland£121,750
38Kim HuybrechtsBelgium£118,000
41Steve WestEngland£108,750
42Ross SmithEngland£93,500
44Josh PayneEngland£92,500
45James WilsonEngland£90,000
46Cristo ReyesSpain£89,000
48Kyle AndersonAustralia£86,250
50Ron MeulenkampNetherlands£83,000
51Jelle KlaasenNetherlands£82,250
52Devon PetersenSouth Africa£74,250
53Justin PipeEngland£72,750
54Benito van de PasNetherlands£71,500
55Luke WoodhouseEngland£63,000
56Martin SchindlerGermany£59,250
57Michael MansellNorthern Ireland£57,500
60Jamie LewisWales£53,000
61Matt EdgarEngland£52,250
62Jan DekkerNetherlands£51,000
64Antonio AlcinasSpain£44,500
65Robert ThorntonScotland£43,750
66Andy BoultonEngland£43,250
70Rowby John RodriguezAustria£31,000
73Joe MurnanEngland£22,000
74Dirk van DuijvenbodeNetherlands£20,500
76Conan WhiteheadEngland£18,500
79Kirk ShepherdEngland£17,000
82Matt ClarkEngland£13,500
88Adrian GrayEngland£11,500
89Dave PallettEngland£11,000
92John MichaelGreece£10,500
93Jonathan WorsleyWales£9,500
94Mike de DeckerBelgium£9,000
96Alan TabernEngland£8,500
98Wayne JonesEngland£8,000
99Nathan DerryEngland£7,500
100Barrie BatesWales£7,500
107Andy HamiltonEngland£6,000
108Steve BrownEngland£5,500
119Andrew GildingEngland£3,500
123Adam HuntEngland£3,000
125Michael BarnardEngland£2,500
131Matthew DennantEngland£2,000
132Ronny HuybrechtsBelgium£2,000
148Ryan HarringtonEngland£1,000
152James HubbardEngland£500
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