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PDC Order of Merit

The PDC Order of Merit is a world ranking system used by the Professional Darts Corporation. 

Following the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship it superseded a world ranking system based on points being awarded for performances in ranking tournaments.

The Order of Merit is similar to that employed in golf's European Tour. Prize money won during the previous two seasons is calculated and the rankings are determined from this money list. The Professional Darts Corporation adopted an Order of Merit system in 2007, which is based on prize money won over two years for the main Order of Merit and separate one-year rankings for other PDC Pro Tour events.

The PDC rankings determine exemptions from the qualifying competitions from each major event:
  • The top 16 in early July get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Matchplay (as a seeded player).
  • The top 16 in early July get an automatic entry to the first round of the European Championship (top-8 as seeded players).
  • The top 16 in late September get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Grand Prix (top-8 as seeded players).
  • The top 32 in early December get an automatic entry to the first round of the World Championship (as a seeded player).
  • The top 4 after the World Championship get an automatic entry to the Premier League.



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