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PDC Order of Merit update: The latest rankings following the 2018 World Darts Championship

Cross celebrates his fairy-tale triumph at Ally Pally (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross has stormed to number three in the PDC Order of Merit after his maiden world title triumph at Alexandra Palace, while Adrian Lewis has dropped out of the world's top 16.

Cross etched his name into the darting history books by becoming World Champion for the first time on New Year's Day after thrashing Phil Taylor 7-2 in the final.

A former electrician, 'Voltage' watched last year's World Championship final at home as he prepared to join the PDC circuit full-time, but lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy and secured the £400,000 first prize, doubling his career earnings to date.

Having started the season from scratch with zero prize money to his name, the 27-year-old was seeded 20 for the World Championship has surged to world number three, above the likes of Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney.

Phil Taylor picked up £170,000 for his run to a 21st World Championship final and ended the campaign in fourth spot, having notably claimed a 16th World Matchplay title back in July.

However, Taylor has officially resigned his Tour Card, meaning he will be omitted from the Order of Merit from the beginning of the 2018 season and those ranked below him will subsequently climb one place.

After scaling down his playing schedule in 2017 and failing to qualify for the World Championship, multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins was also expected to resign his Tour Card, but has since reversed his decision and is likely to pick and choose his events next term.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis has free-fallen out of the sport's elite top 16 after culminating a season to forget with a shock First Round exit to Kevin Munch at Ally Pally.

The Stoke star, who has been left out of this year's Premier League line-up, has slipped to 21st in the Order of Merit - his lowest position for more than a decade.

Despite a First Round defeat to Keegan Brown in the recent World Championship and having reached just one major ranking Quarter-Final in 2017, James Wade has climbed one place to tenth, marginally ahead of Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith - who were both included in the Unibet Premier League line-up. 

UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price is up to a career-high 13th following his ground-breaking run to the Last 16 at Ally Pally, while Jelle Klaasen drops to 18th after replacing his run to the Semi-Finals two years ago with a First Round exit this time around.

Jamie Lewis climbs back into the world's top 32 after his magnificent run to the Semi-Finals of the World Championship on the back of what had otherwise been a frustrating year for the young Welshman.

James Richardson's run to the Last 16 sees him rise to 44th, with the likes of Dekker, Dimitri van den Bergh, Steve West and John Henderson also upwardly mobile.

Zoran Lerchbacher's victory over Mervyn King saw him safeguard his Tour Card and end the campaign in 61st position, while Spain's Toni Alcinas finished in 64th after reaching Round Three.

PDC Order of Merit (Top 100 Only)

PositionNamePrize Money
1Michael van Gerwen£1,720,250
2Peter Wright£729,000
3Rob Cross£635,500
4Gary Anderson£525,500
5Daryl Gurney£413,500
6Mensur Suljovic£357,000
7Dave Chisnall£326,750
8Simon Whitlock£302,750
9Michael Smith£283,500
10James Wade£279,000
11Gerwyn Price£272,500
12Raymond van Barneveld£271,500
13Ian White£258,250
14Benito van de Pas£242,000
15Kim Huybrechts£253,250
16Alan Norris£236,000
17Jelle Klaasen£214,000
18Darren Webster£212,250
19Joe Cullen£211,000
20Adrian Lewis£195,750
21Stephen Bunting£187,250
22Mervyn King£182,500
23Steve Beaton£178,000
24Kyle Anderson£177,500
25Robert Thornton£157,000
26Steve West£155,000
27Jonny Clayton£151,250
28Justin Pipe£150,000
29John Henderson£149,000
30Cristo Reyes£148,750
31Jamie Lewis£147,000
32James Wilson£144,500
33Chris Dobey£123,750
34Vincent van der Voort£121,750
35Jermaine Wattimena£110,750
36Brendan Dolan£108,000
37Christian Kist£107,000
38Dimitri van den Bergh£105,750
39Mark Webster£103,000
40Terry Jenkins£89,750
41Robbie Green£89,500
42Ronny Huybrechts£89,000
43James Richardson£85,750
44Jan Dekker£79,000
45Keegan Brown£74,250
46Jamie Caven£73,250
47Kevin Painter£71,250
48Ron Meulenkamp£65,500
49Max Hopp£63,750
50Josh Payne£62,750
51Richard North£62,250
52Devon Petersen£60,500
53Corey Cadby£54,500
54Andrew Gilding£52,750
55Zoran Lerchbacher£52,500
56William O'Connor£52,000
57Joe Murnan£52,000
58Jeffrey de Graaf£51,500
59Steve Lennon£48,750
60Ricky Evans£48,000
61Martin Schindler£46,250
62Rowby-John Rodriguez£46,000
63Mick McGowan£45,750
64Antonio Alcinas£44,250
65Peter Jacques£44,000
66Ryan Searle£26,500
67Darren Johnson£24,550
68Chris Quantock£24,000
69Kirk Shepherd£23,000
70David Pallett£22,250
71Robert Owen£21,750
72Krzysztof Ratajski£21,500
73Paul Nicholson£20,750
74Jimmy Hendriks£20,500
75Jamie Bain£19,250
76Mickey Mansell£18,500
77Steve Hine£15,500
78John Part£14,500
79Richie Burnett£11,000
80Jeffrey de Zwaan£10,500
81Ritchie Edhouse£10,500
82Aden Kirk£9,750
83Scott Taylor£9,000
84Simon Stevenson£8,750
85Paul Rowley£8,750
86Matthew Edgar£7,750
87Madars Razma£7,750
88Ronnie Baxter£7,750
89Jamie Hughes£7,500
90Maik Langendorf£7,250
91Jason Lowe£6,500
92Stephen Burton£6,250
93Ryan Meikle£6,000
94Nathan Aspinall£6,000
95Nathan Rafferty£5,750
96Dave Prins£5,750
97Ryan Joyce£5,250
98Danny Noppert£5,250
99Dirk van Duijvenbode£5,000
100Michael Barnard£4,750

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