The latest Order of Merit provides some good news for Stephen Bunting.

The Bullet was knocked out by eventual winner Gary Anderson in the first round of the World Matchplay. However, his July earnings take him to an overall tally of £195,500. That means that he is now defending £500 more than Mervyn King. As a result, Bunting now has a place in the world’s top 20. His rise comes at the expense of Benito van de Pas, who drops out of the top 20 in the Order of Merit.
There’s one other change in the world’s top 20. Gerwyn Price edges back into 12th spot, with Ian White dropping a place. Further down the rankings, World Matchplay giantkiller Jeffrey de Zwaan now sits 49th. The Black Cobra now has plenty of Blackpool earnings to defend going forward.
Michael van Gerwen remains well clear at the top, while Matchplay champion Anderson extends his advantage over world number five Daryl Gurney. Blackpool finalist Mensur Suljovic is just £12,250 behind Superchin.

Order of Merit – top 50

1Michael van GerwenNetherlands£1,693,750
2Peter WrightScotland£746,750
3Rob CrossEngland£700,000
4Gary AndersonScotland£623,000
5Daryl GurneyNorthern Ireland£438,750
6Mensur SuljovicAustria£426,500
7Simon WhitlockAustralia£332,000
8Dave ChisnallEngland£308,750
9Michael SmithEngland£305,000
10James WadeEngland£296,000
11Raymond van BarneveldNetherlands£276,000
12Gerwyn PriceWales£267,500
13Ian WhiteEngland£263,000
14Darren WebsterEngland£259,250
15Kim HuybrechtsBelgium£230,750
16Joe CullenEngland£230,000
17Alan NorrisEngland£218,750
18Adrian LewisEngland£214,750
19Jelle KlaasenNetherlands£208,250
20Stephen BuntingEngland£195,500
21Mervyn KingEngland£195,000
22Benito van de PasNetherlands£194,250
23Johnny ClaytonWales£193,750
24Steve WestEngland£176,000
25Steve BeatonEngland£168,250
26Kyle AndersonAustralia£164,750
27John HendersonScotland£164,000
28James WilsonEngland£156,750
29Jamie LewisWales£154,500
30Cristo ReyesSpain£148,000
31Robert ThorntonScotland£145,500
32Justin PipeEngland£144,250
33Jermaine WattimenaNetherlands£136,750
34Chris DobeyEngland£130,250
35Vincent van der VoortNetherlands£116,000
36Dimitri van den BerghBelgium£113,750
37Brendan DolanNorthern Ireland£111,250
38Max HoppGermany£105,750
39Christian KistNetherlands£103,250
40Mark WebsterWales£96,750
41Keegan BrownEngland£94,750
42Jan DekkerNetherlands£86,750
43Richard NorthEngland£85,500
44Ronny HuybrechtsBelgium£83,750
45James RichardsonEngland£82,750
46Steve LennonIreland£82,250
47Robbie GreenEngland£69,750
48Ron MeulenkampNetherlands£67,000
49Jeffrey de ZwaanNetherlands£66,500
50Kevin PainterEngland£65,750


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Author: Ed McCosh