Sunday 3 January 2021

We have our first Welsh world champion in nearly a year

Gezzy's done it. Thought he'd somehow fuck it up once he started missing all those doubles, but he finally got over the line. Gives us a 6% return on the tournament, which I'll take, could easily have been a little bit more but it's fair enough I guess.

New FRH rankings:

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

Bunting replaces Suljovic who is now two places outside the list, while Dirk van Duijvenbode is just one place outside the top 20 after his quarter final run.

I'm going to dump the top 100 changes from last year into a new post, but a couple of loose ends to tie up:

Congrats to royalblue for winning the fantasy by a clear margin from Paasei and AJF82 who tied for second place, AJF not getting quite enough from Price in the final to get over the line.

What the hell is that Premier League timewasting selection all about? After Price won, there was eight obvious as fuck selections:

van Gerwen, Price, Wright, Cross - automatic on OOM
Anderson - automatic on world final spot
Durrant - automatic on defending champion
de Sousa - automatic on winning a major
van den Bergh - automatic on winning a major

From there, it's a clusterfuck. There's probably around half a dozen players that could stake a claim to the last two spots. Nobody has a real outstanding case, probably Wade has the best case. So why do they just name one more player (and Aspinall of all people - is making the PL final and doing little else that big of a deal?), rather than just getting two names out of the way, or leaving two open to win? It's odd that the PDC's release says they'll name the player "after the Masters", which I'll assume is going to be behind closed doors some time next month - is the most insignificant tournament in the calendar really going to make a difference to their decision making?

If so, what exactly do they do if the first round winners include (looking at the bracket) Price, Anderson, Cross, Aspinall, van Gerwen, van den Bergh and Wright? Do they just give the spot to the winner of Chisnall/Gurney by default? I'd really, really love Ratajski to bink the event out of nowhere, just to see what the PDC would do...

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