Monday, 12 March 2018

Players Championship 3/4 quick roundup

Just back from overseas and have put the results in to do the new rankings, yet to pull everything out of dartconnect but I'm going to come back and look at Gary Anderson's ridiculously hot start to the season once I've done so. Obviously a great weekend for him, but some great performances lower down the order - there seemed to be quite a lot of players making the board final on both days.

Wright's got to be happy with another final, although a first round loss in the second event has got to be a bit disappointing. Whitlock going 0/2 is a bad one, Chizzy getting a semi final and a board final gives him a bit more of a buffer to Gerwyn Price for the last FRH top 10 spot. A few players in the lower half of the top 20 lost potential ground - Barney didn't play, White, Wade and Huybrechts got two wins over the two days between them, Norris was barely better, I'm not even sure at this stage that you can call making a board final a bad result for Benito. Just outside, Lewis and Bunting each won over three grand to close the cap slowly to Cullen, whose quarter final keeps things safe for now, Dekker and Brown's quarters move them nicely into the top 40, of which Mark Webster is no longer a member (he might have been outside after the UK Open, but he's definitely out now). Outside the top 50, de Zwaan's final keeps him moving up and is within six grand of that, Caven managed a quarter final to halt a slide, de Graaf's good weekend keeps him inside the top 64, while Stevenson, Johnson, Hudson and Clemens all managed two four figure cashes. Noppert is less than one win from the top 100 as his solid start to the season continues.

Updated FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Phil Taylor
5 Gary Anderson
6 Daryl Gurney
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Simon Whitlock
9 Michael Smith
10 Dave Chisnall
11 Gerwyn Price
12 Raymond van Barneveld
13 Darren Webster (UP 1)
14 Ian White (DOWN 1)
15 James Wade
16 Alan Norris
17 Kim Huybrechts
18 Benito van de Pas
19 Jelle Klaasen
20 Joe Cullen

Not much movement as you'd expect, but Anderson is now within two grand of Taylor for fourth place, but with the world final still two months away from starting to lose value, Anderson probably won't get it automatically without continuing to put money in the bank.

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