PDC Order of Merit: Ratajski and Durrant break into world’s top 16 for first time

Former BDO major champions Krzysztof Ratajski and Glen Durrant have moved into the world’s top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time in their careers.

Following the suspension of the professional season in mid-March, it was confirmed earlier this week that all money earned from the same period two years ago would be removed from the rankings.

Both Ratajski and Durrant have benefitted significantly from others dropping surrounding them, and the high-profile pair have entered the world’s elite in replace of Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting.

Neither Ratajski nor Durrant held PDC tour cards in 2018, meaning they are defending no prize money throughout this year, and could continue to climb up the rankings between now and the turn of the year.

Three-time BDO world champion and current Premier League leader, Durrant, has made a significant impact since switching across the darting divide, reaching four major quarter-finals and winning two ProTour titles.

Meanwhile, Ratajski’s route to supremacy is one rarely witnessed as he scooped three PDC ranking titles before breaking into the world’s top 64 and therefore winning his tour card, and has since reigned victorious at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

Both Ratajski and Durrant are currently separated by a mere £1,500 heading into next week’s Summer Series in Milton Keynes, with the 16th placed player potentially facing world number one Michael van Gerwen in the second round of the upcoming World Matchplay.

Elsewhere, recent Home Tour champion Nathan Aspinall surpassed fellow former major champion Daryl Gurney and became the new world number six.

After winning the German Darts Open in March of 2018, German number one Max Hopp slipped down the rankings into 28th place, while Welshman Jonny Clayton exited the world’s top 16 and moved into 19th position.

Two-time ranking event winner Jose de Sousa moved on the brink of the world’s top 50 after shifting up seven places, though, the Portuguese sensation did not hold professional status two years ago.

Despite remaining in 13th and 14th respectively, two-time world champion Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock dropped over £40,000 on their ranking apiece and could drop out of the world’s elite without a prosperous Summer Series or World Matchplay.

Further changes are expected to transpire on the PDC Order of Merit prior to the World Matchplay, with five Players Championship events taking place next week in Milton Keynes.

PDC ORDER OF MERIT


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 Lewy 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

*Current and correct prior to the PDC Summer Series (01/07/2020)


(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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