World Championship Race: Waites and Lowe in line for Alexandra Palace debuts ahead of crucial Winter Series

This week’s PDC Winter Series will be the final opportunity for players to qualify for the season-ending World Championship through the ProTour.

32 players will make it to Alexandra Palace because of their performances in Players Championship and European Tour events, and five 128-player tournaments take place over the next few days in Coventry.

There are also places up for grabs in some of the 32 seeded places via the main Order of Merit, but that only affects a handful of players.

Several players can already be assured of their World Championship qualification via the ProTour, with the likes of José de Sousa, Ryan Searle, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Ross Smith already having done more than enough.

Maik Kuivenhoven, Jason Lowe and Derk Telnekes are amongst those in line for Ally Pally debuts, while Scott Waites and Scott Baker look set for a first appearance since switching from the BDO.

The race for the final places in the field is incredibly tight, partly because of the shortened 2020 season, with six players outside the field separated by just £250.

Anyone in the field for the Winter Series can fancy their chances of making it, even from way back, as around £10,000 is expected to be the cut-off.

That means it should be a very exciting week at the Ricoh Arena with one win likely to be the difference, and the resultant prize money potentially making or breaking the careers of many.

Jesús Noguera is currently the last man in the field on £8,250. Benito van de Pas, Wayne Jones and Kai Fan Leung are all just above him and need to have a good week to hold off the challengers below them.

Ron Meulenkamp and Josh Payne have both become established names in the World Championship in recent times, but they are currently just outside the qualification places.

Rowby-John Rodriguez, Karel Sedláček and William Borland are level with that pair, while former top 16 players Darren Webster and Jelle Klaasen are both narrowly outside the field as it stands.

Scott Mitchell doesn’t have a Tour Card, but he’s only £750 away, with Ryan Murray and Boris Krčmar also on that mark after coming through Qualifying School in January.

Christian Bunse and Richard North are just below that, with both needing to make it to the World Championship to have any chance of staying on tour.

Further down, Justin Pipe, Robert Thornton, Ted Evetts and James Wilson are among the biggest names set to miss out, with all four needing a pretty special Winter Series to avoid going to the last chance qualifier in a few weeks.

On the main Order of Merit, Devon Petersen recently moved into a provisional seeded spot, replacing Keegan Brown.

De Sousa and William O’Connor are a couple of the players looking to break into the top 32 in time for December.

WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE


PDC Order of Merit
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,376,750
2 Peter Wright £970,000
3 Gerwyn Price £789,000
4 Michael Smith £546,250
5 Rob Cross £525,500
6 Nathan Aspinall £509,250
7 Dave Chisnall £375,250
8 James Wade £375,000
9 Ian White £340,750
10 Dimitri Van den Bergh £335,750
11 Daryl Gurney £328,250
12 Glen Durrant £321,750
13 Gary Anderson £312,750
14 Krzysztof Ratajski £271,000
15 Mensur Suljovic £249,750
16 Joe Cullen £241,500
17 Jonny Clayton £238,750
18 Adrian Lewis £223,000
19 Chris Dobey £218,000
20 Simon Whitlock £204,000
21 Jeffrey de Zwaan £199,750
22 Mervyn King £197,750
23 Danny Noppert £190,250
24 Stephen Bunting £187,750
25 Jermaine Wattimena £184,750
26 Jamie Hughes £170,250
27 Vincent van der Voort £168,250
28 Steve Beaton £160,250
29 Brendan Dolan £159,500
30 Devon Petersen £159,250
31 Ricky Evans £152,500
32 Gabriel Clemens £151,250
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33 Keegan Brown £150,750
34 Luke Humphries £148,000
35 Jose de Sousa £145,750
36 William O’Connor £143,500
37 John Henderson £133,000
38 Max Hopp £132,250
39 Kim Huybrechts £129,750
40 Ryan Joyce £126,500
41 Ryan Searle £120,250
42 Ross Smith £110,000
43 Darren Webster £110,000
44 Steve West £107,750
45 Dirk van Duijvenbode £99,500
46 Darius Labanauskas £95,000
47 Steve Lennon £82,000
48 Josh Payne £77,000

ProTour Order of Merit
1 Jose de Sousa £48,500
2 Ryan Searle £23,000
3 Dirk van Duijvenbode £19,000
4 Ross Smith £18,750
5 Martijn Kleermaker £18,750
6 Madars Razma £18,500
7 Damon Heta £18,250
8 Maik Kuivenhoven £16,000
9 Ryan Joyce £16,000
10 Jason Lowe £15,000
11 Jeff Smith £14,500
12 Steve Lennon £13,500
13 Kim Huybrechts £13,500
14 Derk Telnekes £13,500
15 Max Hopp £12,000
16 William O’Connor £11,750
17 Scott Waites £11,500
18 Keegan Brown £11,250
19 Luke Humphries £11,250
20 Mickey Mansell £11,250
21 Darius Labanauskas £10,500
22 Scott Baker £10,250
23 Steve West £10,000
24 Adam Hunt £10,000
25 John Henderson £9,750
26 Luke Woodhouse £9,750
27 Andy Hamilton £9,500
28 Mike De Decker £9,500
29 Kai Fan Leung £9,000
30 Wayne Jones £9,000
31 Benito van de Pas £8,500
32 Jesus Noguera £8,250
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33 Ron Meulenkamp £8,000
34 Josh Payne £8,000
35 Karel Sedlacek £8,000
36 Rowby-John Rodriguez £8,000
37 William Borland £8,000
38 Darren Webster £8,000
39 Ryan Murray £7,500
40 Scott Mitchell £7,500
41 Andy Boulton £7,500
42 Boris Krcmar £7,500
43 Niels Zonneveld £7,500
44 Martin Schindler £7,500
45 Jelle Klaasen £7,500
46 Matthew Edgar £7,000
47 Christian Bunse £7,000
48 Nick Kenny £7,000

Players currently within qualifying places on the PDC Order of Merit are exempt from the ProTour Order of Merit

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by Jamie Cameron

(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant)

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Jamie Cameron @wwfcofficial and darts. Write for @the92blog and @TheMaximum180.

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