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PDC Order of Merit

The PDC Order of Merit is a world ranking system used by one of the darts organisations, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.

How it works

The Order of Merit is similar to that employed in golf's European Tour. Prize money won during the previous two seasons is calculated and the rankings are determined from this money list. The Professional Darts Corporation adopted an Order of Merit system in 2007, which is based on prize money won over two years for the main Order of Merit and separate one-year rankings for other PDC Pro Tour events.

PDC Top 32 Order of Merit

PDC Order of Merit as of 1 January 2019, following the 2019 World Championship.[1]

PDC ProTour Order of Merit

The ProTour Order of Merit counts prize money won in Players Championship events, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events over a 12-month period. Players are seeded based on the ProTour Order of Merit to all Player Championship and European Tour events. It also is a main way to qualify to the major TV tournaments.

  • The top 16 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Grand Prix.
  • The top 16 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Matchplay.
  • The top 32 players in the ProTour Order of Merit not already qualified gain entry to the World Championship.

Besides ProTour Order of Merit there is also the Players Championship Order of Merit and the European Tour Order of Merit. Both of these are based solely on the prize money won in that year's Players Championship or European Tour events respectively. The top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit after the last Player Championship event are the only qualifiers to the Players Championship Finals. The top 32 players on the European Tour Order of Merit after the last European Tour event are the only qualifiers to the European Championship.

Player exemptions

The PDC rankings determine exemptions from the qualifying competitions from each major event:

  • The top 16 in early July get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Matchplay (as a seeded player).
  • The top 16 in late September get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Grand Prix (top-8 as seeded players).
  • The top 32 in early December get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Championship (as a seeded player).
  • The top 4 after the World Championship get an automatic entry to the Premier League.

Televised Ranking Tournaments

There is often a lot of confusion with televised tournaments and knowing which ones count towards the PDC Order of Merit. While a lot of televised tournaments are ranked, some are not, usually due to the tournament in question having restricted places e.g. Premier League.

Ranked Tournaments

European Tour (Ranked)

Un-ranked Tournaments

World Series of Darts (Un-ranked)

  • Germany German Darts Masters
  • United States U.S. Darts Masters
  • China Shanghai Darts Masters
  • New Zealand Auckland Darts Masters
  • Australia Melbourne Darts Masters
  • Australia Brisbane Darts Masters
  • Austria World Series of Darts Finals

Pairs Tournaments (Un-ranked)

Note: Flags are of the nation in which the 2018 event is held.

Previous world ranking system

Under the previous ranking points system, Colin Lloyd was the world number one player in the PDC for most of 2005 and 2006, despite most of the major titles being shared between Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and John Part. Although Lloyd also won two major titles, he often accumulated ranking points in the less prestigious non-televised events, in which Taylor did not always compete. Similarly, Alan Warriner was world number one on four separate occasions before ever winning his first and only PDC major, the 2001 Grand Prix, while Taylor won eight world championships and a host of other titles during that period.

Previous World Number Ones

Player Year(s) in which player stood #1
England Phil Taylor 1996, 2000, 2002-2004, 2009-2013 (13)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2014–present (6)
England Alan Warriner 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 (6)
England Rod Harrington 1995, 1996, 1998–2000 (5)
England Colin Lloyd 2005–2007 (3)
England Dennis Priestley 1994, 1995 (2)
England Peter Manley 2000, 2001 (2)
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2008 (1)
Canada John Part 2003 (1)



No. Nationality Player(s) From To
1  England Alan Warriner January 1993 November 1994
2  England Dennis Priestley November 1994 April 1995
3  England Rod Harrington April 1995 August 1996
4  England Phil Taylor August 1996 September 1996
 England Alan Warriner (2) September 1996 August 1998
 England Rod Harrington (2) August 1998 August 2000
 England Phil Taylor (2) August 2000 September 2000
5  England Peter Manley September 2000 October 2001
 England Alan Warriner (3) October 2001 January 2002
 England Alan Warriner (4) and Phil Taylor (3) January 2002 February 2002
 England Alan Warriner (5) February 2002 May 2002
 England Phil Taylor (4) May 2002 January 2003
6  Canada John Part January 2003 July 2003
 England Phil Taylor (5) July 2003 February 2005
7  England Colin Lloyd February 2005 March 2006
 England Phil Taylor (6) March 2006 May 2006
 England Colin Lloyd (2) May 2006 January 2007
 England Phil Taylor (7) January 2007 January 2008
8  Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld January 2008 June 2008
 England Phil Taylor (8) June 2008 January 2014
9  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen January 2014 Present
Current number-one player
Used old points system

Post World Championship number ones

Year Nationality Player(s)
1994  England Alan Warriner (1)
1995  England Dennis Priestley (2)
1996  England Rod Harrington (3)
1997  England Alan Warriner
1998  England Alan Warriner
1999  England Rod Harrington
2000  England Rod Harrington
2001  England Peter Manley
2002  England Alan Warriner and Phil Taylor (4)
2003  Canada John Part (5)
2004  England Phil Taylor
2005  England Phil Taylor
2006  England Phil Taylor
2007  England Phil Taylor
2008  Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (6)
2009  England Phil Taylor
2010  England Phil Taylor
2011  England Phil Taylor
2012  England Phil Taylor
2013  England Phil Taylor
2014  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (7)
2015  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
2016  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
2017  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
2018  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
2019  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen

First WDC/PDC rankings

Following the World Darts Council (now PDC) split from the British Darts Organisation during 1992-94 the WDC drew up its first ranking list in the run-up to its inaugural 1994 World Championship. Mike Gregory and Chris Johns later went back to the BDO set up and Bobby George and many of the non-UK players never competed in the early days of the WDC.[citation needed]

Ranking Player   Ranking Player
1 England Alan Warriner 16 Denmark Jann Hoffmann
2 England Rod Harrington = Wales Chris Johns
3 England Phil Taylor = Netherlands Roland Scholten
4 England John Lowe 19 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
5 England Mike Gregory = England Keith Deller
6 England Peter Evison 21 England Bobby George
7 England Kevin Spiolek 22 Denmark Per Skau
= England Dennis Priestley 23 Germany Bernd Hebecker
9 England Bob Anderson = Germany Andree Welge
10 Scotland Jocky Wilson = Belgium Pascal Rabau
11 Scotland Jamie Harvey 26 Belgium Leo Laurens
12 England Eric Bristow = Netherlands Bert Vlaardingerbroek
13 England Cliff Lazarenko = Republic of Ireland Tom Kirby
14 Sweden Magnus Caris = Australia Wayne Weening
= England Steve Beaton = Finland Mauro Levy

See also


  1. ^ "PDC Order of Merit". Professional Darts Corporation. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "2015 Grand Slam of Darts becomes a ranked tournament". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "2015 Masters held in Milton Keynes". PDC. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Champions League of Darts: BBC to broadcast inaugural tournament". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. ^ "List of Former World Number Ones". PDPA. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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