Monday 5 March 2018

UK Open aftermath

A disappointing event for many reasons, feeling for the fans that were able to get there and weren't allowed in, and the players that had qualified to get there but weren't able to reach the venue, the whole event lost a bit of the magic around it, but still, congrats to Gary on his first major since (I think) the last worlds he won, and also to Corey on breaking through on the big senior stage, both playing some cracking darts over the weekend.

Betting was disappointing but I've gone over that already, we now move on to a couple of European Tour qualifiers followed by two Players Championship events, with another couple following the weekend after, so big chances for players to build towards the Matchplay and look to stockpile ranking points for the other majors later on in the year - it's now literally non stop until the week before the World Cup at the end of May, there's ranking events every single weekend, so with DartConnect in full flow we'll quickly accumulate a lot of data on the full set of tour card holders and others on the periphery of the full pro scene.

Updated FRH rankings:

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

The obvious movers are Anderson and Price following their deep runs (Cross is a clear 140k ahead of Wright but nearly 400k behind van Gerwen so wouldn't have moved whatever he did), while Norris bricking the event saw a group of players edge ahead in what is a congested second half of the table. Lower down looking at those which made runs to the last 16, King is now back up to 21 but a good eight grand behind Cullen, West climbs to 29, Wattimena and Dobey are separated by one spot in 36 and 37, while Cadby is already into the top 40 at number 39. Ratajski continues to solidify a top 50 spot at 46, our semi finalists Owen and Pallett close in on that ranking as well at 57 and 58 respectively, but are still both five grand away, John Part climbs back into the top 100 at 97, and Paul Hogan is up at 113 despite only having money from the UK Open.

Don't expect to see any immediate ranking updates following the next weekend as I'm overseas watching football and getting drunk, look at Monday/Tuesday for that.

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