Monday 31 October 2022

Smith wins major shocker

Oh Michael, when will you ever win one. Delighted for Smudger, who's locked up a solid seeding at the worlds, as well as a Grand Slam spot. God knows what they're going to do with the Premier League at this stage, I think there's basically a 0% chance that both Noppert and Smith get into it. We'll have to wait and see, naturally, but there's going to be some people who are going to be pretty disappointed not to make it.

New FRH rankings:

1 Peter Wright
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Gerwyn Price
4 Michael Smith
5 Danny Noppert
6 Luke Humphries (UP 1)
7 Rob Cross (DOWN 1)
8 Nathan Aspinall
9 Jonny Clayton
10 James Wade
11 Dirk van Duijvenbode (UP 4)
12 Dimitri van den Bergh (DOWN 1)
13 Damon Heta (DOWN 1)
14 Jose de Sousa (DOWN 1)
15 Joe Cullen (DOWN 1)
16 Ross Smith (NEW)
17 Ryan Searle (DOWN 1)
18 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
19 Krzysztof Ratajski (DOWN 1)
20 Chris Dobey

Smith's final run sees him close the gap on Price to under 70k, so still a real big run needed before closing him down. Smith's win has got him into the top 16, and may get a free spot over Cullen by the end of the week. Dirk's the biggest mover who was already here, just getting enough to nudge past van den Bergh, while Dobey needed everything to get past Anderson, who drops out of the top 20. Lower down, van der Voort is just a couple of hundred points behind Lewis for a top 20 spot, Rodriguez edges past Suljovic to become the new Austrian number 1, Rock is solidly into the top 40, while Sedlacek enters the top 64.

We're now heading into the last two Pro Tours of the year next Friday/Saturday, along with the qualifier for the Slam straight after once we know who's getting the 16th spot. Should be Cross as mentioned before, but who knows what will happen.

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