Monday, 2 November 2020

2. MvG

New FRH rankings:

1 Peter Wright (UP 1)
2 Michael van Gerwen (DOWN 1)
3 Gerwyn Price
4 Rob Cross
5 Dimitri van den Bergh
6 Michael Smith
7 Nathan Aspinall
8 James Wade (UP 5)
9 Glen Durrant (DOWN 1)
10 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
11 Ian White (UP 1)
12 Daryl Gurney (DOWN 2)
13 Gary Anderson (DOWN 2)
14 Krzysztof Ratajski
15 Joe Cullen
16 Mensur Suljovic
17 Jonny Clayton (UP 1)
18 Simon Whitlock (DOWN 1)
19 Danny Noppert (UP 1)
20 Adrian Lewis (DOWN 1)

Yep, for the first time since probably 2014, there's a new number one, as Peter Wright's dominant performances lifts him above Michael van Gerwen. Wade's final sees him back into the top 10, semi finalist Devon Petersen is just three places and less than 15k outside the top 20, and Dirk van Duijvenbode is up to 28 and now the #4 Dutch player (de Zwaan is above him as well as van Gerwen and Noppert in the rankings).

Question is whether it's realistic to rank van Gerwen even as high as that just in terms of who's the best player in the world right now. Season long, van Gerwen's scoring is a clear half a point lower than Price's, Gerwyn being strongly thought by many to be the best player in terms of form right now, and it's more than a point behind Wright. Heck, Devon Petersen is only behind van Gerwen on rounding.

Now we head to the World Cup - Singapore's insular policies mean they've gone as one of the Lim's can't leave the country, so we get Portugal in instead, we're still not really sure what's going on with the Philippines, we'll just have to wait and see what'll actually happen. With four potential Grand Slam spots up for grabs, it's going to be an interesting one to watch, if only to see players we don't see normally, although with the first round being super awful doubles, you can't really draw anything from it.

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