The PDC Home Tour has brought about a nice bit of sporting respite as the coronavirus pandemic has kept us all stuck indoors for the foreseeable future.
Darts will go on, and while the Home Tour is still being played, the order of merit will still update week in week out.
With the World Matchplay likely to be delayed or postponed, there will be huge shifts in the order of merit, and there will be some players who are hugely affected by the cease in proceedings.
The Flying Scotsman has plummeted down the order of merit over the past 12 months due to his ongoing back problems meaning that he has missed a whole host of pro tour events.
Fortunately, the two-time world champion has still been able to show his class in the major events, reaching the semi-finals of The Masters and going deep into the UK Open.
However, he’s not made a final since 2018, and if his £115,000 Matchplay winnings are wiped from his ranking money, he will drop out of the top 10 for the first time in a long while.
It seems a little too easy to point a finger towards the runner-up of the 2017 Matchplay, but the Austrian hasn’t had the best of times over the past 12 montsh so he’s defending a lot of money this year.
Of course, the £55,000 from the Winter Gardens will be a huge blow, but the Danish Darts Open win in 2018 was also worth £25,000 for The Gentle add into that the £10,000 he netted from his semi and quarter final runs in the Austrian and Dutch Masters events and he is due to drop off quite a bit.
Duzza is in an interesting position on the order of merit as his position certainly doesn’t reflect his actual skill level.
The world number 19 isn’t defending any money after earning his tour card in 2019, and while almost every other player on the tour will take a hit on the order of merit, the Boro-born dartist’s £240,500 will still be eligible as ranking money.
Michael van Gerwen
As if MVG needed any more help to extend his stranglehold on the world number one spot.
A rare first-round exit in the 2018 Matchplay looks likely to be struck from MVG’s record, while his perennial rival Peter Wright will lose £30,000 worth of ranking money from his run to the semi-finals in Blackpool.
Of course, Mighty Mike wins enough Pro and European Tour events to still be negatively affected by this delay, but the 2018 Matchplay being wiped from the ranking calculations will certainly be music to the ears of the Dutchman.