The PDC Pro Tour gets underway again with PDC Pro Tour 1+2 in Barnsley this Saturday and Sunday. With the Masters being a non-ranking event this weekend is the first in which we could start to see movement in the world rankings and Pro Tour order of merit.
For those players who gained the tour cards at Q-School 2018 it will be the first weekend where they are defending prize money for their rankings. This will be a significant change for them as instead of adding to their tally they could actually lose out and start to drop down the ranking.
PDC Pro Tour 1+2 in Barnsley
This first weekend sees the 128 face off in a double header of tournaments each carrying 75000 pounds in prize money, with a cool 10000 on offer for the winner of each event.
Prize money is added to the world ranking with the prize money earned by each player at the same event in 2018 being wiped off of the rankings. 2018 saw Michael van Gerwen win both Pro Tour 1 and Pro Tour 2 and as such he is defending 20000 pounds as these results both get replaced.
The world ranking isn’t the only thing that is at stake however. The Pro tour order of merit is a 12 month rolling ranking with the 2019 pro tours 1+2 having gone the way of MvG (1) and Dave Chisnall (2).
The Pro Tour order of merit is of critical importance to many players as it can get them into many big tournaments without being in the top 32 of the world ranking as follows:
William Hill World Darts Championship – leading 32 players (outside top 32 of main PDC OOM)
Betfred World Matchplay – leading 16 players (outside of top 16 of main PDC OOM)
BoyleSports World Grand Prix – leading 16 players (outside of top 16 of main PDC OOM)
The ProTour Order of Merit is also used to determine the seeding for European Tour and Players Championship events
In addition to the above tournaments, players in top 64 of the Pro Tour order of merit qualify for The Ladbrokes Player Championship Final which has a massive 500,000 pounds in prize money on offer.
Just how important all of this is can be found in our in house pro Matthew Edgar’s video on keeping your PDC tour card
How will this weekend’s results affect your favorite player? Below is the prize money won by all 128 tour card holders at the same event back in 2019. Obviously the players that have just got their tour card this year are not affected but the figures in each column are what is at stake for the others.
As an example, Kyle Anderson has chosen to skip the first weekend’s action and will therefore be dropping the 2750 pounds he needed to defend.
|Name||Total||PC 1 2019||PC 2 2019|
|Michael van Gerwen||£12,250||£10,000||£2,250|
|Jeffrey de Zwaan||£2,500||£1,500||£1,000|
|Vincent van der Voort||£1,500||£500||£1,000|
|Dimitri Van den Bergh||£0||£0||£0|
|Benito van de Pas||£0||£0||£0|
|Jose de Sousa||£0||£0||£0|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||£0||£0||£0|
|Mike De Decker||£0||–||–|
|Vincent van der Meer||£0||£0||£0|
|Mike van Duivenbode||£0||£0||£0|
Information for table provided by Bas Engelen of Premium Dart Data
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