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

1 Michael van Gerwen Netherlands £1,693,750
2 Peter Wright Scotland £746,750
3 Rob Cross England £700,000
4 Gary Anderson Scotland £623,000
5 Daryl Gurney Northern Ireland £438,750
6 Mensur Suljovic Austria £426,500
7 Simon Whitlock Australia £332,000
8 Dave Chisnall England £308,750
9 Michael Smith England £305,000
10 James Wade England £296,000
11 Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands £276,000
12 Gerwyn Price Wales £267,500
13 Ian White England £263,000
14 Darren Webster England £259,250
15 Kim Huybrechts Belgium £230,750
16 Joe Cullen England £230,000
17 Alan Norris England £218,750
18 Adrian Lewis England £214,750
19 Jelle Klaasen Netherlands £208,250
20 Stephen Bunting England £195,500
21 Mervyn King England £195,000
22 Benito van de Pas Netherlands £194,250
23 Johnny Clayton Wales £193,750
24 Steve West England £176,000
25 Steve Beaton England £168,250
26 Kyle Anderson Australia £164,750
27 John Henderson Scotland £164,000
28 James Wilson England £156,750
29 Jamie Lewis Wales £154,500
30 Cristo Reyes Spain £148,000
31 Robert Thornton Scotland £145,500
32 Justin Pipe England £144,250
33 Jermaine Wattimena Netherlands £136,750
34 Chris Dobey England £130,250
35 Vincent van der Voort Netherlands £116,000
36 Dimitri van den Bergh Belgium £113,750
37 Brendan Dolan Northern Ireland £111,250
38 Max Hopp Germany £105,750
39 Christian Kist Netherlands £103,250
40 Mark Webster Wales £96,750
41 Keegan Brown England £94,750
42 Jan Dekker Netherlands £86,750
43 Richard North England £85,500
44 Ronny Huybrechts Belgium £83,750
45 James Richardson England £82,750
46 Steve Lennon Ireland £82,250
47 Robbie Green England £69,750
48 Ron Meulenkamp Netherlands £67,000
49 Jeffrey de Zwaan Netherlands £66,500
50 Kevin Painter England £65,750

 

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Author: Edward McCosh