Monday, 2 January 2017

PDC rankings and why they're terrible

Why exactly should Robert Thornton still be getting 100% of the ranking points for a major he won 15 months ago? Why until today was Phil Taylor still getting 100% of the rankings points for a major he finalled two years ago? Should John Henderson's Munich final in April 2015 be worth as much as Simon Whitlock or Benito van de Pas' Pro Tour wins from the last weekend on the tour in October? No, they shouldn't. So a ranking system I've been tracking for a while alters this in a very similar way to how golf's rankings work.

The formula is simple - upon winning prize money, it counts in full. Once two years have elapsed, the prize money counts for zero. The prize money counts in full for just over four months (130 days to be precise) - it then decreases 1% in value every six days until it's gone.

This gives more importance to recent events and vice versa. So, to use the Henderson example above, that currently counts for less than 16% of its actual value in the official rankings. In addition, I do not arbitrarily remove money won by players upon losing or never having a tour card - so players appearing in the World Championship, UK Open, Grand Slam etc who aren't PDPA members still get their money counted by my method, as does, say, Ronnie Baxter, who's out of the top 64 and will reset to zero at the start of next season. Hopefully by comparing them to where people are on the PDC official rankings, you get an idea of who's on the up and who isn't, which should be somewhat obvious to people paying attention to the tour, but still makes interesting reading in my opinion.

And so here's the 2016 season end top 101 (would be top 100 but LOL ties):

01 Michael van Gerwen 1337119
02 Gary Anderson 534769
03 Peter Wright 341320
04 James Wade 253558
05 Dave Chisnall 251764
06 Adrian Lewis 248353
07 Phil Taylor 243783
08 Mensur Suljovic 229719
09 Raymond van Barneveld 228163
10 Jelle Klaasen 200217
11 Benito van de Pas 181179
12 Kim Huybrechts 179923
13 Ian White 171193
14 Michael Smith 167600
15 Robert Thornton 156566
16 Simon Whitlock 146913
17 Alan Norris 143998
18 Daryl Gurney 136653
19 Gerwyn Price 127266
20 Terry Jenkins 126941
21 Stephen Bunting 117817
22 Mervyn King 108461
23 Joe Cullen 106483
24 Mark Webster 104701
25 Brendan Dolan 100529
26 Steve Beaton 97662
27 Darren Webster 87300
28 Justin Pipe 86274
29 Vincent van der Voort  85467
30 Kyle Anderson 83960
31 James Wilson 79028
32 Jamie Caven 78273
33 Cristo Reyes 76618
34 Jamie Lewis 67943
35 Chris Dobey 67722
36 Robbie Green 66261
37 Steve West 63666
38 Max Hopp 61444
39 John Henderson 58283
40 Christian Kist 57706
41 Andrew Gilding 56707
42 Joe Murnan 52949
43 Rowby John Rodriguez 52532
44 Jermaine Wattimena 52193
45 Josh Payne 50658
46 Kevin Painter 47981
47 Ronny Huybrechts 47132
48 Dimitri van de Bergh 45594
49 Ricky Evans 44410
50 Johnny Clayton 42935
51 Devon Petersen 40667
52 Mick McGowan 37294
53 Keegan Brown 32415
54 Jeffrey de Graaf 31853
55 Ron Meulenkamp 30040
56 Andy Hamilton 27876
57 Jan Dekker 25548
58 Dave Pallett 24483
59 Mark Frost 24349
60 James Richardson 23337
61 Andy Boulton 23221
62 Dirk van Duijvenbode 21599
63 Andy Jenkins 21411
64 Wes Newton 20894
65 John Michael 20759
66 Simon Stevenson 20208
67 Magnus Caris 19358
68 Jeffrey de Zwaan 19339
69 Kim Viljanen 17911
70 Mark Walsh 17260
71 Michael Mansell 16445
72 Berry van Peer 16177
73 Vincent Kamphuis 15807
74 Ronnie Baxter 14653
75 Dragutin Horvat 14500
76 Jyhan Artut 14291
77 Wayne Jones 14225
78 Zoran Lerchbacher 13927
79 Matt Edgar 13265
80 Dean Winstanley 12746
81 Stuart Kellett 12728
82 Nathan Aspinall 12597
83 Rene Eidams 12556
84 Andy Smith 11748
85 Willie O'Connor 11684
86 John Bowles 11307
87 Nigel Heydon 11189
88 Tony Newell 11074
89 Jason Wilson 10917
90 Steve Brown 10759
91 Darren Johnson 10603
92 Jerry Hendricks 10559
93 Yordi Meeuwisse 10455
94 Nathan Derry 10168
95 Matt Clark 10065
96 Mike de Decker 10053
97 Tengku Shah 10000
97 Kevin Simm 10000
97 David Platt 10000
97 Corey Cadby 10000
97 Jamie Hughes 10000



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