PDC Order of Merit: Van den Bergh breaks into world’s top 16 after securing World Matchplay glory

Newly-crowned World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh has risen into the world’s top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time in his promising career.

The Belgian, who defeated two-time world champion Gary Anderson to lift his maiden major honour on Sunday evening, rocketed up the rankings and surpassed the likes of Krzysztof Ratajski and Glen Durrant in the process.

Van den Bergh is defending minimal amounts during the next few months and will almost certainly find himself within the world’s top ten prior to the World Championship at Alexandra Palace in December.

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock dropped out of the top 16 despite reaching the quarter-finals in Milton Keynes, with Durrant, Ratajski and Adrian Lewis all reaching the same stage or further.

Whitlock’s hopes of an eleventh World Grand Prix appearance now lie in the balance, with the Australian unhealthily placed on the ProTour Order of Merit standings.

Michael Smith leapfrogged former world champion Rob Cross to regain his place in the top four following a run to the semi-finals at the Marshall Arena.

Smith celebrating during the recent World Matchplay (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

‘Bully Boy’ now provisionally becomes England’s captain for November’s World Cup of Darts, with sixth placed Nathan Aspinall knocking on Cross’ door for a debut at the unique tournament.

Danny Noppert will tentatively partner Michael van Gerwen at the same staging after the Dutchman surpassed both Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jermaine Wattimena.

Noppert edges closer to a place in the top 20, with the former BDO World Championship finalist currently situated in 22nd and £18,000 below Stephen Bunting.

After failing to qualify for the World Matchplay for the first time since 2006, Mervyn King plummeted five places in the updated rankings to 27th.

King’s fellow absentees Darren Webster and John Henderson dropped out of the top 32, while Vincent van der Voort recouped his place in the same bracket after a resurgent run in Milton Keynes.

Gabriel Clemens and Ryan Joyce both advanced into the top 40 in the world, while Belgian number two Kim Huybrechts moved down to 40th and former world champion Jelle Klaasen tumbled to 50th.

PDC ORDER OF MERIT


Updated and correct as of 27/07/2020 following the World Matchplay

1 Michael van Gerwen £1,535,250
2 Peter Wright £913,000
3 Gerwyn Price £809,000
4 Michael Smith £560,250
5 Rob Cross £545,750
6 Nathan Aspinall £486,000
7 Daryl Gurney £453,750
8 James Wade £425,000
9 Gary Anderson £390,750
10 Dave Chisnall 374.25
11 Ian White £375,500
12 Dimitri Van den Bergh £336,250
13 Glen Durrant £297,000
14 Mensur Suljovic £278,250
15 Krzysztof Ratajski £274,750
16 Adrian Lewis £262,750
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17 Simon Whitlock £253,750
18 Jonny Clayton £226,250
19 Chris Dobey £223,500
20 Stephen Bunting £223,500
21 Joe Cullen £222,000
22 Danny Noppert £205,500
23 Jermaine Wattimena £196,500
24 Jeffrey de Zwaan £192,750
25 Steve Beaton £191,000
26 Ricky Evans £190,750
27 Mervyn King £189,250
28 Vincent van der Voort £170,250
29 Max Hopp £167,750
30 Keegan Brown £159,750
31 Brendan Dolan £158,500
32 Darren Webster £149,500
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33 John Henderson £147,250
34 Jamie Hughes £143,250
35 Luke Humphries £143,250
36 Gabriel Clemens £140,250
37 Ryan Searle £128,250
38 William O’Connor £125,750
39 Ryan Joyce £121,500
40 Kim Huybrechts £120,250
41 Steve West £119,500
42 James Wilson £109,000
43 Ross Smith £102,500
44 Steve Lennon £99,250
45 Josh Payne £98,500
46 Kyle Anderson £95,750
47 Cristo Reyes £94,500
48 Ron Meulenkamp £92,000
49 Jose de Sousa £88,250
50 Jelle Klaasen £87,250
51 Darius Labanauskas £83,500
52 Devon Petersen £74,750
53 Justin Pipe £73,750
54 Benito van de Pas £72,000
55 Martin Schindler £68,250
56 Luke Woodhouse £64,500
57 Mickey Mansell £60,500
58 Jan Dekker £58,500
59 Richard North £57,000
60 Matthew Edgar £53,750
61 Jamie Lewis £53,500
62 Harry Ward £53,250
63 Robert Thornton £49,750
64 Toni Alcinas £47,500
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65 Ted Evetts £46,000
66 Simon Stevenson £45,500
67 Andy Boulton £43,250
68 Mark McGeeney £43,000
69 Madars Razma £34,500
70 Rowby-John Rodriguez £31,500
71 Geert Nentjes £22,500
72 Scott Baker £22,250

Click here for full updated PDC Order of Merit via dartsrankings.com


(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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