Two Events Remain In Blackpool Race

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Two Events Remain In Blackpool Race

THE race to win places in the 2016 BetVictor World Matchplay will go to the wire in the final two Players Championship events in Barnsley on July 2-3.

The 32-player World Matchplay - staged at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 16-24 - sees the world's top 16 players joined by the leading 16 players from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

Going into the final two Players Championship events, four players could still break into the world's top 16 to claim a seeded spot, with Mensur Suljovic, Mervyn King, Simon Whitlock and Benito van de Pas within touching distance of Vincent van der Voort.

The ProTour Order of Merit qualifying places currently see Alan Norris, Daryl Gurney, Josh Payne and Rowby-John Rodriguez in line to earn a World Matchplay debut, while Kyle Anderson's run to the Austrian Darts Open consolidated his position.

Austrian ace Rodriguez currently sits in the 16th qualifying position, £1,000 ahead of former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and £1,250 ahead of PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion Max Hopp, Robbie Green and Jamie Lewis.

Youngsters Ricky Evans and Chris Dobey, South Africa's Devon Petersen and Scotland's John Henderson would all need a big weekend in Barnsley if they are to snatch qualification for Blackpool on the final weekend.

However, with £10,000 in prize money on offer in each Players Championship, the opportunity remains for players to emulate Joe Murnan, who last year claimed a World Matchplay place with his maiden ProTour victory.

Note: The ProTour Order of Merit used for qualification for the 2016 BetVictor World Matchplay runs from July 6 2015, starting with the European Darts Open (ET6). Players Championship 13 and 14 in 2015 counted towards qualification for the 2015 tournament.

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Provisional PDC Order of Merit Top 16

Prize money won in PC10-11 to be added

1 Michael van Gerwen £  1,197,000

2 Gary Anderson £     860,250

3 Phil Taylor £     489,250

4 Adrian Lewis £     446,250

5 Peter Wright £     405,500

6 James Wade £     358,750

7 Michael Smith £     305,750

8 Robert Thornton £     296,750

9 Dave Chisnall £     266,500

10 Jelle Klaasen £     256,500

11 Raymond van Barneveld £     251,500

12 Ian White £     233,500

13 Kim Huybrechts £     225,250

14 Stephen Bunting £     219,500

15 Terry Jenkins £     208,000

16 Vincent van der Voort £     199,500

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17 Mensur Suljovic £     192,500

18 Mervyn King £     192,000

19 Simon Whitlock £     187,000

20 Benito van de Pas £     186,000

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Provisional ProTour Order of Merit

Qualifiers marked with *, Top 16 players in Italics

1 Michael van Gerwen £  199,250

2 Peter Wright £    94,500

3 Dave Chisnall £    78,750

4 Kim Huybrechts £    76,000

5 Michael Smith £    70,750

6 James Wade £    70,250

7 Benito van de Pas * £    67,500

8 Ian White £    65,750

9 Phil Taylor £    56,750

10 Robert Thornton £    50,750

11 Mensur Suljovic * £    50,250

12 Jelle Klaasen £    50,000

13 Gerwyn Price * £    48,000

14 Terry Jenkins £    47,250

15 Alan Norris * £    45,000

16 Gary Anderson £    43,750

17 Stephen Bunting £    42,250

18 Simon Whitlock * £    41,000

19 Adrian Lewis £    37,000

20 Daryl Gurney * £    36,750

21 Mervyn King * £    33,250

22 Joe Cullen * £    33,000

23 Justin Pipe * £    27,250

24 Mark Webster * £    26,250

25 Vincent van der Voort £    25,750

26 Steve Beaton * £    24,500

27 Jamie Caven * £    23,750

28 Brendan Dolan * £    23,250

29 Josh Payne * £    23,000

30 Kyle Anderson * £    20,750

31 Raymond van Barneveld £    19,750

32 Rowby-John Rodriguez * £    19,500

33 Kevin Painter £    18,500

34 Max Hopp £    18,250

34 Robbie Green £    18,250

34 Jamie Lewis £    18,250

37 Ricky Evans £    17,250

38 Devon Petersen £    16,750

39 Chris Dobey £    16,500

39 John Henderson £    16,500

41 Darren Webster £    16,000

41 Steve West £    16,000

41 Cristo Reyes £    16,000

41 Andrew Gilding £    16,000

45 Jermaine Wattimena £    15,000

45 David Pallett £    15,000

47 Jonny Clayton £    14,500

48 Ronny Huybrechts £    13,500

* Article published June 17 2016