Sunday 30 June 2019


From a post back in April:

I'm occasionally right about things guys

So Jamie Hughes binked his maiden (main tour) PDC title, got into every major as a result, left James Wilson to choke on his biscuits, and dumped Glen Durrant out of the Grand Slam as things stand. Not a bad day's work really. Most of the semi finalists were surprises - Simon Whitlock got there after all as far as we're concerned, but as far as the market was concerned Stephen Bunting, the defeated finalist, and Keegan Brown were both surprises, not to us who just banked the money and locked up a small profit for the tournament.

New FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Michael Smith
4 Gary Anderson
5 Gerwyn Price
6 Daryl Gurney
7 James Wade
8 Nathan Aspinall
9 Peter Wright
10 Ian White
11 Dave Chisnall
12 Mensur Suljovic
13 Simon Whitlock
14 Jonny Clayton
15 Adrian Lewis
16 Joe Cullen
17 Darren Webster
18 Stephen Bunting (UP 1)
19 Max Hopp (DOWN 1)
20 Jermaine Wattimena

Bunting didn't need to make the final to pass Hopp, but it certainly helped opening up a bit of a cushion. Smith continues to close in on Cross but continued early failures keep him from getting up to number 2. Keegan Brown punches into the top 30 with his semi final run, Jamie Hughes is just four places outside of the top 50 following his maiden senior PDC title. For the home nation fans, Karel Sedlacek is only five spots outside of the top 100, but is going to be hugely reliant on qualifying for the remaining European events if he wants to make any progress. But hey, he's not far off the European Championship qualification spots, if he can punch a ticket in the remaining qualifiers and get out of the first round, who knows?

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