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£1,783,750
2Peter Wright£729,750
3Rob Cross£666,750
4Gary Anderson£548,500
5Daryl Gurney£432,500
6Mensur Suljovic£362,000
7Dave Chisnall£315,250
8Simon Whitlock£310,750
9Michael Smith£301,250
10James Wade£284,000
11Raymond van Barneveld£271,000
12Gerwyn Price£270,000
13Ian White£261,750
14Kim Huybrechts£234,250
15Alan Norris£229,500
16Darren Webster£227,750
17Adrian Lewis£220,250
18Joe Cullen£218,000
19Benito van de Pas£209,000
20Jelle Klaasen£206,750
21Mervyn King£192,000
22Stephen Bunting£188,500
23Jonny Clayton£186,500
24Steve Beaton£181,000
25Kyle Anderson£172,500
26Steve West£165,500
27John Henderson£157,000
28Jamie Lewis£155,500
29Robert Thornton£152,500
30James Wilson£152,250
31Cristo Reyes£151,000
32Justin Pipe£145,750
33Chris Dobey£126,250
34Vincent van der Voort£122,750
35Jermaine Wattimena£122,250
36Brendan Dolan£115,500
37Dimitri van den Bergh£113,500
38Christian Kist£105,750
39Mark Webster£99,250
40Max Hopp£94,750
41Jan Dekker£89,750
42Ronny Huybrechts£85,500
43Keegan Brown£83,750
44James Richardson£83,250
45Robbie Green£81,500
46Terry Jenkins£78,250
47Richard North£74,500
48Steve Lennon£71,750
49Ron Meulenkamp£68,500
50Kevin Painter£66,250
51Josh Payne£65,500
52Jamie Caven£64,500
53Zoran Lerchbacher£57,500
54Corey Cadby£54,500
55Jeffrey de Graaf£54,000
56William O'Connor£53,750
57Devon Petersen£53,500
58Toni Alcinas£53,000
59Martin Schindler£52,500
60Ricky Evans£51,250
61Rowby-John Rodriguez£47,000
62Andrew Gilding£46,500
63Peter Jacques£46,000
64Joe Murnan£46,000
65Mick McGowan£41,750
66Paul Nicholson£36,250
67Mickey Mansell£36,000
68Jeffrey de Zwaan£35,000
69Ryan Searle£30,500
70Darren Johnson£30,250
71Kirk Shepherd£30,000
72Krzysztof Ratajski£27,500
73Robert Owen£26,250
74Jimmy Hendriks£26,000
75Chris Quantock£25,500
76Gabriel Clemens£24,250
77Danny Noppert£24,250
78David Pallett£22,250
79Jamie Bain£20,250
80Steve Hine£19,750
81Scott Taylor£19,000
82Ryan Joyce£17,750
83Simon Stevenson£17,250
84Richie Burnett£17,000
85Ritchie Edhouse£17,000
86Alan Tabern£16,500
87Michael Barnard£16,250
88John Part£16,000
89Madars Razma£14,250
90Matthew Edgar£13,750
91Luke Humphries£13,250
92Nathan Aspinall£13,000
93Wayne Jones£12,750
94Stephen Burton£12,750
95Aden Kirk£11,750
96Paul Rowley£11,250
97Luke Woodhouse£10,750
98Cameron Menzies£10,500
99Jason Lowe£10,500
100Ryan Meikle£10,500

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

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