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£1,811,750
2Peter Wright£745,250
3Rob Cross£689,000
4Gary Anderson£548,500
5Daryl Gurney£438,500
6Mensur Suljovic£388,750
7Simon Whitlock£324,500
8Dave Chisnall£310,250
9Michael Smith£306,000
10James Wade£294,500
11Ian White£275,000
12Gerwyn Price£274,750
13Raymond van Barneveld£271,000
14Darren Webster£241,750
15Kim Huybrechts£231,750
16Adrian Lewis£230,750
17Alan Norris£230,000
18Joe Cullen£222,500
19Jelle Klaasen£212,250
20Benito van de Pas£207,750
21Mervyn King£206,500
22Stephen Bunting£201,000
23Jonny Clayton£191,750
24Steve Beaton£182,000
25Steve West£173,500
26Kyle Anderson£171,250
27John Henderson£160,500
28Robert Thornton£157,500
29Jamie Lewis£156,500
30James Wilson£155,750
31Cristo Reyes£151,500
32Justin Pipe£150,250
33Chris Dobey£131,750
34Jermaine Wattimena£130,250
35Vincent van der Voort£124,750
36Brendan Dolan£122,250
37Dimitri van den Bergh£116,250
38Christian Kist£105,250
39Mark Webster£103,250
40Max Hopp£100,250
41Jan Dekker£89,750
42Keegan Brown£87,750
43Ronny Huybrechts£84,750
44James Richardson£84,750
45Terry Jenkins£79,750
46Richard North£78,500
47Robbie Green£78,250
48Steve Lennon£75,250
49Ron Meulenkamp£68,500
50Josh Payne£67,500
51Kevin Painter£67,250
52William O'Connor£65,250
53Jamie Caven£63,000
54Zoran Lerchbacher£59,500
55Martin Schindler£58,500
56Ricky Evans£57,000
57Toni Alcinas£56,500
58Jeffrey de Graaf£56,500
59Corey Cadby£54,500
60Devon Petersen£53,500
61Peter Jacques£50,750
62Rowby-John Rodriguez£48,000
63Andrew Gilding£45,000
64Joe Murnan£42,750
65Mick McGowan£41,250
66Mickey Mansell£39,000
67Paul Nicholson£38,250
68Jeffrey de Zwaan£36,500
69Darren Johnson£32,750
70Ryan Searle£30,500
71Kirk Shepherd£30,000
72Danny Noppert£29,000
73Robert Owen£28,750
74Krzysztof Ratajski£28,500
75Chris Quantock£27,500
76Jimmy Hendriks£27,000
77Gabriel Clemens£26,250
78Ryan Joyce£24,250
79David Pallett£22,750
80Scott Taylor£22,500
81Michael Barnard£21,250
82Jamie Bain£21,250
83Steve Hine£20,750
84Richie Burnett£18,000
85Ritchie Edhouse£18,000
86Simon Stevenson£17,750
87Alan Tabern£17,500
88Madars Razma£17,250
89John Part£16,000
90Paul Rowley£15,750
91Luke Humphries£15,750
92Stephen Burton£15,250
93Nathan Aspinall£15,000
94Matthew Edgar£14,750
95Jason Lowe£14,000
96Wayne Jones£13,750
97Aden Kirk£13,250
98Ryan Meikle£12,500
99Robert Marijanovic£11,750
100Maik Langendorf£11,750

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

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