Michael van Gerwen was unseeded at a PDC tournament for the first time in six years last weekend. It did not stop ‘Mighty Mike’ from winning the Auckland Darts Masters on Sunday.
Van Gerwen earned twelve points for the World Series ranking. The 29-year-old Dutchman brought his point total to 23 and climbed from the sixth place to the first place. Reigning world champion Rob Cross has one point less than the world number one.
Gary Anderson, winner of the US Darts Masters, is third with 21 points. Peter Wright completes the top-4 with twenty points. ‘Snakebite’ lost four times in the semi-final of a World Series-tournament this year.
In 2018, events will take place in Germany, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane. The top eight players from the final rankings below qualifying for the season-ending World Series of Darts Finals.
The winner of each World Series event receives twelve points, while the runner-up will be awarded with eight points. First round losers get one point, while quarter-finalists (three) and semi-finalists (five) points also receive points for the ranking table.
|1||Michael van Gerwen||23|
|7||Raymond van Barneveld||11|
|8=||Dimitri Van den Bergh||8|
|18=||John Norman Jnr||1|
Tags: Michael van Gerwen, World Series Order of Merit