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
Peter Wright; Snake Bite   Scotland(51)
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...
Michael van Gerwen; Mighty Mike   Netherlands(32)
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...
Gerwyn Price; The Iceman   Wales(36)
PDC Ranking: 3; Red Dragon Ranking: 1
Career earnings: .1,497,803
Dimitri van den Bergh; The Dreammaker   Belgium(26)
PDC Ranking: 28; Red Dragon Ranking: 28
Career earnings: .591,804
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
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.
Daryl Gurney; SuperChin   Northern Ireland(35)
PDC Ranking: 7; Red Dragon Ranking: 12
Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Career earnings: .1,359,200
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(44)
PDC Ranking: 18; Red Dragon Ranking: 6
Skarzysko-Kamienna, Poland
Career earnings: .424,105
Gary Anderson; The Flying Scotsman   Scotland(50)
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”...
James Wade; The Machine   England(38)
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.
Mensur Suljovic; The Gentle   Austria(49)
PDC Ranking: 12; Red Dragon Ranking: 25
Vienna, Austria
Career earnings: .1,418,867
Chris Dobey; Hollywood   England(30)
PDC Ranking: 20; Red Dragon Ranking: 38
Bedlington, England
Career earnings: .384,750
Adrian Lewis; Jackpot   England(36)
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...
Stephen Bunting; The Bullet   England(36)
PDC Ranking: 16; Red Dragon Ranking: 23
Stephen Bunting is one of newest top players in the PDC. After a successfull carreer in the BDO, the Bullet decided to switch sides in early 2014. Due to his good BDO results, Bunting was granted a tour card immediately. He reached the quarter...

Outside Top 16

19Simon WhitlockAustralia£129,500
20Joe CullenEngland£127,750
21Jonny ClaytonWales£119,000
24Mervyn KingEngland£117,500
25Jeffrey de ZwaanNetherlands£115,500
26Vincent van der VoortNetherlands£114,250
27Jermaine WattimenaNetherlands£111,000
28Ricky EvansEngland£108,000
29Steve BeatonEngland£99,500
30Keegan BrownEngland£91,250
32Brendan DolanNorthern Ireland£86,000
33John HendersonScotland£77,000
36Willie O ConnorIreland£73,500
37Darren WebsterEngland£69,000
39Max HoppGermany£65,250
40Kim HuybrechtsBelgium£62,250
41Justin PipeEngland£57,000
44Luke WoodhouseEngland£49,000
45Ross SmithEngland£43,000
46Jelle KlaasenNetherlands£42,500
47Steve WestEngland£42,500
48Ron MeulenkampNetherlands£42,250
50Kyle AndersonAustralia£32,500
51Josh PayneEngland£32,000
52Devon PetersenSouth Africa£31,750
53Cristo ReyesSpain£31,000
55Michael MansellNorthern Ireland£30,500
56James WilsonEngland£30,250
58Andy BoultonEngland£29,750
60Benito van de PasNetherlands£27,500
61Matt EdgarEngland£26,500
62Rowby John RodriguezAustria£25,500
63Martin SchindlerGermany£24,750
65Jan DekkerNetherlands£21,750
66Robert ThorntonScotland£21,000
67Dirk van DuijvenbodeNetherlands£20,500
70Joe MurnanEngland£15,000
73Conan WhiteheadEngland£13,000
78Kirk ShepherdEngland£11,500
81Matt ClarkEngland£10,500
84Mike de DeckerBelgium£9,000
87Alan TabernEngland£8,500
89Wayne JonesEngland£8,000
93Adrian GrayEngland£7,000
94Antonio AlcinasSpain£7,000
96Jamie LewisWales£6,500
100Andy HamiltonEngland£6,000
101Steve BrownEngland£5,500
103Jonathan WorsleyWales£5,500
104Barrie BatesWales£5,000
108Dave PallettEngland£4,500
109John MichaelGreece£4,500
119Andrew GildingEngland£3,500
121Adam HuntEngland£3,000
126Michael BarnardEngland£2,500
131Matthew DennantEngland£2,000
132Ronny HuybrechtsBelgium£2,000
145Ryan HarringtonEngland£1,000
148Nathan DerryEngland£1,000
155James HubbardEngland£500
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