The PDC’s ranking system has been a bone of contention for a little while now.

At the moment, the Order of Merit is all about the money. Earnings dictate where players stand and, ultimately, if they can hold on to the PDC Tour Card. There has been some debate over whether this is the best way of judging performance. Rod Harrington quashed any suggestion of a change being made. But there have definitely been calls for change.

Here at dartsnews.com, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to project that change.

Read on to see how the PDC rankings would pan out with a points-based merit system.

Points breakdown

The main challenge in working out a points system is allocating totals to each events – not managing the right balance could make one event disproportionately important, or unimportant. The prize money offers a decent guideline in this case.

Becoming the world champion would land 2000 points. Even attending the World Championship would secure 20. The World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts fall into a second category. Then come the Minehead events, the UK Open and Players Championship Finals, as well as the European Championship.

250 points would be the prize for claiming a European Tour event. Players would need to go deep into the competition to rack up serious points, rather than turning up and claiming a handy £1,000 of ranking money. As you’ll see later, this does have an impact on the Order of Merit.

The Pro Tour ranking rewards board winners. with a sharp rise from the last 32 to the last 16, and again up to the quarter-finals.

We’ve opted to include the Challenge Tour in this projection. This is inspired by tennis’ ranking system – just as players on the Challenger Tour can earn important ATP or WTA points, the Challenge Tour should give an opportunity for standout players to earn their way up the rankings.

Category  Win   Final   SF   QF  Last 16 Last 32 Last 48 Last 64 Last 96
World Championship 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 X 45 20
WMP / WGP / GSOD 1000 600 360 180 90 45 X X X
PCF / EC / UK Open 600 360 225 150 90 45 X 25 10
European Tour 250 150 100 70 45 20 10 X X
Pro Tour 100 60 45 30 15 10 X 5 X
*Challenge Tour 10 7 5 3 1 X X X X

*As there is a Challenger Tour on the tennis circuit, points from the Challenge Tour for current players on PDC Order of Merit have been added

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PDC Order of Merit transformed into a points sytem (correct as per June 25)

The ‘difference’ column refers to the position on our Order of Merit, compared to the current PDC Order of Merit. For example, as Peter Wright is the current PDC world number five but would be our number three, Snakebite has +2 in the column.

Pos Name  Points Diff.  +/-
1 Michael van Gerwen 12.160
2 Rob Cross 6505
3 Peter Wright 5870 +2
4 Daryl Gurney 5465 -1
5 Gary Anderson 4795 -1
6 Gerwyn Price 4510 +1
7 Michael Smith 4465 -1
8 Mensur Suljovic 4380 +1
9 Ian White 3730 +1
10 Simon Whitlock 3665 +2
11 James Wade 3615 -3
12 Dave Chisnall 3455 -1
13 Darren Webster 2825 +2
14 Joe Cullen 2820 +3
15 Jonny Clayton 2780 -1
16 Adrian Lewis 2750
17 Stepen Bunting 2265 +1
18 Nathan Aspinall 2195 -5
19 Steve Beaton 2075
20 John Henderson 2045
21 Mervyn King 1960 +1
22 Jermaine Wattimena 1860 +1
23 Steve West 1855 -2
24 Max Hopp 1730 +1
25 Kyle Anderson 1710 -1
26 Kim Huybrechts 1615 +2
27 James Wilson 1560 -1
28 Jeffrey de Zwaan 1465 +5
29 Dimitri van den Bergh 1410 +2
Chris Dobey 1410 +3
31 Jamie Lewis 1400 -5
32 Keegan Brown 1385 -2
33 Raymond van Barneveld 1355 -4
34 Krzysztof Ratajski 1347 +3
35 Jelle Klaasen 1345 +1
36 Ricky Evans 1340 +6
37 Steve Lennon 1250 -3
38 Danny Noppert 1230 +3
39 Vincent van der Voort 1170 -4
40 Alan Norris 1140 -2
41 Brendan Dolan 1120 -1
42 Justin Pipe 1070 +3
43 Benito van de Pas 1045
44 Cristo Reyes 1030 -5
45 Richard North 1010 -1
46 William O’Connor 985
47 Ron Meulenkamp 970 +7
48 Robert Thornton 925 -1
49 Josh Payne 915 +1
50 Martin Schindler 905 +2
51 Ryan Searle 885
52 Ryan Joyce 870 -3
53 Jan Dekker 865 -5
54 Gabriel Clemens 780 +2
55 Luke Humphries 760
56 James Richardson 725 +1
57 Toni Alcinas 695 -4
58 Ross Smith 690
59 Corey Cadby 620 +3
60 Mark Webster 610 +1
61 Mickey Mansell 605 -1
62 Glen Durrant 560 +3
63 Christian Kist 505
64 Simon Stevenson 515 +2
65 Zoran Lerchbacher 465 -1
66 Ronny Huybrechts 455 +1
67 Robert Owen 425 +3
68 Devon Petersen 415 -9
Matthew Edgar 415 +1
70 Wayne Jones 385 +2
71 Luke Woodhouse 335
72 Jamie Hughes 315 +3
73 Jose de Sousa 290 +4
74 Wayne Jones 285 -2
75 Arron Monk 280
76 Adam Hunt 275 -3
77 Harry Ward 260 +1
78 Ryan Meikle 255 +1
79 Tytus Kanik 250 +1
80 Robert Marijanovic 245 -6
81 Dirk van Duijvenbode 215 +1
82 Ted Evetts 210 +1
83 Peter Hudson 195 +1
84 Mark McGeeney 185 +3
85 Andy Boulton 180 +1
86 Bradley Brooks 175 +1
87 Ritchie Edhouse 161 +6
88 Jose Justicia 155 +2
89 Scott Baker 150 +5
Mario Robbe 150
91 Madars Razma 140
92 Ryan Harrington 135
93 Kevin Burness 125 -13
94 Boris Koltsov 121 +8
95 Gavin Carlin 120 +4
Vincent Kamphuis 120 +2
Mark Wilson 120 +2
98 Mark Dudbridge 115 -2
Davy van Baelen 115 -3
Rowby-John Rodriguez 115 +2
101 Scott Taylor 106 +12
102 Dawson Murschell 100 -1
George Killington 100
104 Kirk Shepherd 95
105 Vincent van der Meer 85 -1
106 Nathan Rafferty 84
107 Dennis Nilsson 83 +7
108 Joe Murnan 80 -2
109 Stephen Burton 76 +10
110 Geert Nentjes 75 -2
111 Karel Sedlacek 70 +8
Yordi Meeuwisse 70 -3
Conan Whitehead 70 -3
114 David Pallett 65 -3
Nathan Derry 65 -3
116 Dave Prins 63 +3
117 Andrew Gilding 61 +12
118 Gary Eastwood 60 -4
John Michael 60 -4
Marko Kantele 60 -4
John Goldie 60 +9
122 Reece Robinson 55 -3
Christian Bunse 55 -4
124 Michael Rasztovits 53 -5
125 Diogo Portela 52 +4
126 Matt Clark 50 -7
Tony Newell 50 +1
Adrian Gray 50 -7
129 Niels Zonneveld 45 -10
Carl Wilkinson 45
Jonathan Worsley 45
Terry Temple 45
133 Mick Todd 41 +5
134 Mike de Decker 40 +1
Eddie Dootson 40
Jamie Bain 40 +1
Callan Rydz 40 +12
138 Danny van Trijp 37
139 Barrie Bates 35 -2
140 Wesley Plaisier 31 -2
141 Maik Kuivenhoven 30 -3
Jyhan Artut 30 -3
Kim Viljanen 30 -3
Pavel Jirkal 30 -3
Steffen Siepmann 30 +6
146 Martin Atkins (Leeds) 27 -1
147 Shaun Carroll 25 +12
148 Jerry Hendriks 23 -1
149 Cody Harris 22 -2
Matthew Dennant 22 -2
151 Mark Barilli 21 -4
152 Michael Rosenauer 20 -5
Michael Hurtz 20 -5
Dragutin Horvat 20 -5
Per Laursen 20 -5
Florian Hempel 20 -5
Kevin Knopf 20 -5
Kevin Munch 20 -5
159 Ricky Williams 17 +1
Patrick van den Boogaard 17 +1
161 Jason Wilson 16 -1
162 William Borland 13 -2
163 Jimmy Hendriks 11 -3
Lukas Wenig 11 -3
165 Adam Huckvale 10 -5
Mike van Duivenbode 10 -5
Johan Engstrom 10 -5
Alexander Merkx 10 -5
Erik Hol 10 -5
Dietmar Burger 10 -5
Pal Szekely 10 -5
Niels-Joergen Hansen 10 -5
Krzysztof Kciuk 10 -5
Benjamin Fasching 10 -5
Stefan Bellmont 10 -5
Ricardo Pietreczko 10 -5
Pero Ljubic 10 -5
Daniel Klose 10 -5
Teuvo Haverinen 10 -5
Magnus Caris 10 -5
Thomas Kohnlein 10 -5
Patrick Tringler 10 -5
Karsten Koch 10 -5
Marko Puls 10 -5
Nico Kurz 10 -5
Maik Langendorf 10 -5
Mike Holz 10 -5
Fabian Herz 10 -5

Top 8 biggest beneficiaries

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The main takeaway from the results is that there isn’t a huge impact at the top of the Order of Merit. Neither should there be; while it’s not ideal to see players picking and choosing events without dropping down the rankings, performing at the big events is still the most important thing.

Most of the big movers are from the Challenge Tour. In fact, John Goldie and Karel Sedlacek are the only exceptions. Good performances on the Challenge Tour benefit the likes of Scott Taylor, Shaun Carroll and Callan Rydz. The latter also profits from a strong Players Championship performance at the weekend.

Name Diff. +
Scott Taylor 12
Shaun Carroll 12
Callan Rydz 12
Andrew Gilding 12
Stephen Burton 10
John Goldie 9
Boris Koltsov 8
Karel Sedlacek 8

Top ten biggest beneficiaries in Order of Merit top 64

Looking further up the Order of Merit, a number of 2019’s top performers get a well-deserved boost. Ricky Evans, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Krzysztof Ratajski and Glen Durrant are among the movers and shakers.

Name Diff. +
Ron Meulenkamp 7
Ricky Evans 6
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5
Joe Cullen 3
Chris Dobey 3
Krzysztof Ratajski 3
Danny Noppert 3
Justin Pipe 3
Corey Cadby 3
Glen Durrant 3

Top 12 victims

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Kevin Burness, currently enjoying a Order of Merit position built off a solitary World Championship win, suffers the biggest drop. The same is true for Devon Petersen, who often profits from regular Ally Pally appearances.

Name Diff. –
Kevin Burness -13
Niels Zonneveld -10
Devon Petersen -9
Matt Clark -7
Robert Marijanovic -6
Jan Dekker -5
Cristo Reyes -5
Jamie Lewis -5
Nathan Aspinall -5
Toni Alcinas -4
Vincent van der Voort -4
Raymond van Barneveld -4
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