Despite not holding a Tour Card, Krzysztof Ratajski made big gains in the PDC Order of Merit.

The Polish Eagle was victorious in UK Open Qualifying 6. He defeated Daryl Gurney, the world number five, in the final. His Wigan success adds £10,000 to his total earnings. Ratajski’s earnings in UK Open qualifiers puts him 74th in the Order of Merit. One place behind him is Corey Cadby. The Australian was 105th in the world at the last count. But victory in UKOQ 5, plus other fine showings in Wigan, saw him spring up 30 places. Also rising is Kim Huybrechts. He edges ahead of Alan Norris and into 15th in the world. Norris sits just ahead of Jelle Klaasen, with the top 16 guaranteeing entry to the World Matchplay. Simon Stevenson rose seven places after an impressive run of form.

Michael van Gerwen is still the clear number one. The Dutchman defends a grand total of £1,780,500; £22,000 comes from the UK Open qualifiers. Peter Wright stays second in the Order of Merit, with world champion Rob Cross in third. Gary Anderson takes the fourth spot. The next ranking events are Players Championship 1&2, which take place in Barnsley next week.

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Author: Ed McCosh