Tuesday 28 February 2023

UK Open power rankings

Will get through some thoughts about the actual draw (as well as the bets obv) in due course, but for now, let's rank the 160* players that will be playing. This is only rough, and is just opinions, it's using form, course and distance, scoring, all sorts of things.

160 Christian Perez - sadly not here
159 Corey Cadby - also sadly not here
158 Gary Davey - no real information
157 Noel Grant - same, Grant over Davey is purely arbitrary
156 Jonathan Wynn - nothing recent, but seemingly has some CT experience from the past
155 Daniel Lee - looks to have been here before but didn't end well
154 Callum Loose - has a DT win but nothing notable for ages
153 Stuart White - lot of experience, but been quiet for a while
152 Harry Lane - taking things seriously enough to give Q-School a go, but that didn't go great
151 Callum Goffin - looking a bit out of his depth early on as a card holder
150 Jitse Van der Wal - plugging away alright on the DT but not putting up big numbers
149 Jim Moston - has potential, but metrics don't look brilliant
148 Lewis Gurney - still developing with some occasional bright spots
147 Joshua Richardson - fairly recent DT win offset by mediocre Q-School performances
146 Christopher Holt - maybe not quite the peaks as those before, but a bit more consistent perhaps
145 Conor Heneghan - possibly doing a bit more at the DT level than the above and getting tested at a bit higher level
144 Nick Fullwell - best days probably behind him now, too many first round losses
143 Brett Claydon - scoring not the greatest but showing commitment to bounce back and get a Rileys win
142 Thomas Banks - showing an awful lot of promise at youth level, maybe this is a bit of an early step
141 Andy Jenkins - all the experience in the world, but can he produce the numbers needed at a major level any more
140 Robbie Knops - bit of a random name to have won a card, only so-so performances so far
139 Jarred Cole - has shown great flashes in the past but never really in the PDC, at least not of late
138 Dom Taylor - some experience here, doing alright at secondary level
137 Jim McEwan - won CT's before, not looked hugely out of place at main tour level
136 Vladimir Andersen - real bad first season with a card, some better signs in the early stages in 2023
135 Michael Flynn - competent Q-School showing helps him finish this high up
134 Kenny Neyens - cashed last year and with big stage experience
133 Adam Warner - bit up and down so far as a card holder, but not his first appearance here
132 Damian Mol - not really clicked after winning a card but has pulled off a big shock here before
131 Dan Read - good secondary level reputation with multiple appearances here
130 Darren Webster - never really got going since immediately regaining card, but pedigree is still there
129 Darryl Pilgrim - has put together occasional very high level performances, all that is needed over a short distance
128 Jules van Dongen - tour hasn't really worked out for him to date, not really sure how good his ceiling game is anyway
127 Owen Roelofs - playing well enough to have won a card, slow start to year though and not the greatest 2022
126 Jurjen van der Velde - three secondary level wins last year isn't bad, but statistics aren't brilliant
125 Josh Payne - peak game puts him much higher, but it's been a while since we've seen it
124 Danny Lauby - can string together some good performances, but several mediocre ones and was not close at Q-School
123 Lukas Wenig - fresh off good Euro Tour weekend, gained a lot of experience at the top levels in the last couple of years, free hit after only getting in through Pallett saying no
122 Luc Peters - good Q-School showing for two years in a row, but Pro Tour performances indicate he's a way off a level to hold the card
121 Ross Montgomery - vastly experienced, occasional bright spots in PDC but best game is probably way behind him
120 Devon Petersen - sad how far his game has fallen but it is what it is, maybe big event kicks him into gear
119 James Richardson - bags of talent but a while since that big worlds run and was not close at Q-School
118 Jamie Clark - great start to tour career but on real dry patch, still very much a learning experience
117 Kevin Burness - wealth of experience and appearances on many big stages, not scoring terribly
116 Jimmy Hendriks - WC qualification bink bailed him out of bad 2022, doesn't look tour card holder level
115 Christian Kist - Lakeside winner at peak, won CT to start the year, Kist playing well is dangerous
114 Bradley Brooks - been doing enough to keep getting back on tour, but yet to really make a splash at senior level
113 Darius Labanauskas - horrific 2022, early 2023 results not encouraging, very strong on his game but when did we last see it
112 Danny Jansen - still very young, but looking very much like that Pro Tour win was an enormous fluke and some rebuilding at DT level is needed
111 Ronny Huybrechts - extremely experienced, some very solid wins this season, can maybe bounce of his brother's win and gain confidence
110 Jacques Labre - finally a French player on tour, looked extremely dangerous last season but a real sluggish start to life as a card holder
109 Connor Scutt - started and ended 2022 brilliantly but huge barren run in between, did at least cash last year
108 Tony Martinez - seen occasional good averages, but a lack of noteworthy results make him look one and done as a card holder
107 George Killington - was looking extremely good immediately around when he won his card, but has regressed since then and still looking for a consistent game
106 Radek Szaganski - another player that's not looked bad, but not done enough to make us think there's enough levels to stick around more than a couple of years
105 Daniel Klose - very strong and notable Q-School performances indicate he can turn it on now and then
104 Shaun Wilkinson - not a terrible first year with a card, at least got a stage debut last weekend which wasn't a trainwreck
103 Nathan Girvan - very strong youth pedigree and a DT winner, still learning though and yet to do a great deal on the senior level
102 Arron Monk - very good last weekend, but been away for long enough it could be a fluke
101 Ted Evetts - among the best there's been at youth level, but senior level continues to be a tough nut to crack, maybe never really recovered from that Sherrock game
100 Brian Raman - steady player with a great floor record in the old BDO days, ok start to 2023 indicates he may be eliminating cheap losses while still lacking a big PDC breakthrough
99 Lee Evans - finally on tour, been around and a name we've been waiting to do so for years, in money here more than once and a good quarter final Pro Tour run last season
98 Sebastian Bialecki - all the potential in the world at a venue he clearly likes, just hard to put him much higher while still without a card which he was a fair bit off winning
97 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez - 2021 Rusty is a lot higher, 2022 has been off but could easily have been a "getting used to senior tour" sort of year that's now behind him
96 Jeffrey Sparidaans - quiet for quite a while, but looked extremely good at Q-School and throwing alright on the Pro Tour level
95 James Wilson - stats have been better than results for some time now, peak game is much higher than this but can't justify any higher right now
94 Jelle Klaasen - disappointing not to see him back on tour but had a great 2022 off the tour and has world championship and PL quality at best
93 Pascal Rupprecht - next new young German hope? Full of confidence and no fear
92 Robert Owen - very good course and distance, more than competent floor player
91 John O'Shea - BDO major calibre and with a Pro Tour final, but too many misses and mediocre matches
90 Keegan Brown - not a bad weekend and did get a win last season, but goes missing far too often
89 Adam Gawlas - has spells of three or four legs where he's unplayable, but still very raw
88 Jeffrey De Zwaan - we all know what he can do, but it's a long time since he's done it, at least he got his card back immediately
87 Richie Burnett - not been showing bad stuff for the past half a year or so, got him into a worlds and will want a possible swansong performance
86 Danny van Trijp - twice a CT winner last season, had a win at the worlds, yet to be convinced he can push to the top 64 but knows how to win in a big knockout
85 Graham Usher - been dangerous at the CT level for a while now, looking competent at the next step up
84 Adam Smith-Neale - BDO major winner, scoring not been bad so far this season
83 Stephen Burton - been up and down between the tours for a while, never really pushed on at the Pro Tour level but can certainly take scalps
82 Nick Kenny - has a knack of making runs when it counts
81 Maik Kuivenhoven - a little bit unfortunate to lose his card, but right back on things
80 Graham Hall - very good course and distance here
79 Joe Murnan - shown ability to go on big runs, hanging around at this sort of level
78 Kevin Doets - looked extremely competent for a few years, doesn't give much up
77 Geert Nentjes - thinking this is the next Dutch guy to make a big breakthrough
76 Jose Justicia - consistently looking decent
75 Krzysztof Kciuk - habitually underrated for some time
74 Ricardo Pietreczko - was looking excellent in the second half of 2022 with a big TV win at this venue
73 Lewy Williams - 2022 was meh but good pedigree and shown good signs early this year
72 Dylan Slevin - not quite Rock levels of hype but a Pro Tour semi this year cannot be ignored
71 Nathan Rafferty - done close to everything on the youth stage and ready to take the next step up
70 Niels Zonneveld - if there were more than 64 continual cards would probably have held one for ages
69 Luke Littler - the anticipation from youth to senior is unprecedented and he has done stuff at the next level, just not in the PDC. Will it be too soon? We'll find out very quickly
68 Scott Waites - done incredible things in the BDO, maybe not completely shown in the PDC but cannot be counted out of any match
67 Thibault Tricole - everyone expected him to win a card, didn't quite work out, but first CT weekend makes a statement
66 Jeff Smith - maybe past his best, but knows ways to win
65 Mickey Mansell - showing good signs after a fair bit of a blip a couple of years ago
64 Mario Vandenbogaerde - real solid first year on tour, great non-PDC pedigree, excellent start to 2023
63 Martijn Kleermaker - didn't have brilliant 2022 but did show some sparks towards the back end, calibre in this event
62 Ricky Evans - similar to Kleermaker, but with a really explosive peak
61 Karel Sedlacek - opposite to the above, fantastic 2022 but a bit of a slow start to this year
60 Florian Hempel - winning the event he did in 2022 to get to the worlds is hard, not really dropped levels massively, just been unlucky
59 Keane Barry - overtaken by Rock amongst others in the hype stakes but clearly not a bad player, ultra deep run last year
58 William O'Connor - always been a bit up and down, maybe at a nadir but still a competent operator
57 Cameron Menzies - numbers do not lie, as long as he finds the board he is on he is a threat
56 Boris Krcmar - never really done it on TV, but is absolutely deadly when he wants to be
55 Steve Lennon - probably ran worse than anyone in terms of results than anyone in 2022, showing some alright signs early that he'll correct it
54 Gian van Veen - maybe a stretch, but deadly on secondary tours, already a tour final in the bank and showing early 2023 form
53 Matt Campbell - perfect mix of having shown what he can do on the floor with having a game that excels on the stage
52 Madars Razma - isn't as high up on the rankings as he is for no reason, I can't work it out statistically though
51 Ritchie Edhouse - got into most of the latter stage 2022 majors, picked up some scalps, been a name to avoid in short races for some time now
50 Luke Woodhouse - can produce brilliant stuff but it seems like it's year 69 of him not being able to push above around rank number 50
49 Vincent van der Voort - annus horribilis completed, still young enough to rebuild but needs to do so
48 Ian White - maybe even worse than Vincent's year, not playing bad but not getting results, so will put him slightly above
47 Richard Veenstra - not been card holder long but already looking like he absolutely belongs this high, record in the WDF/BDO cannot be questioned
46 Scott Williams - brilliant 2022, winning a card in the way Ratajski did doesn't go away easily
45 Mike De Decker - improving, improving, improving, numbers don't lie and Edgar's let the cat out of the bag
44 Steve Beaton - experience obv there, but got a good run late in 2022 and played brilliantly last weekend so perfect combination of everything
43 Ryan Joyce - numbers all there, results weren't there in 2022 but showed he can put a game together when it matters
42 Jermaine Wattimena - long way off his peak ranking, but the last six months have been the best he has been playing for a while
41 Rowby-John Rodriguez - stage presence is key, maybe a little bit off form but I think there's enough there to keep him up this high
40 Mervyn King - maybe we've already seen his best, and has been indifferent for over a year now, but over a short race there is still enough game there
39 Martin Lukeman - archetypal match player, will find ways to get it done and won't easily back against him doing so
38 Ryan Meikle - the peak has been demonstrated more than enough times, and he's finding it more often, bad last weekend is a worry though
37 Jamie Hughes - his peak is top sixteen. Has been showing signs that he's getting back towards his 2019 form
36 Mensur Suljovic - still performing enough that he should be within top 32 consideration, but is probably just outside for me
35 Callan Rydz - been a fair bit too much inconsistency for me for some time now, particularly on stage
34 Simon Whitlock - will absolutely put it together when it matters, enormous experience, showing things in 2023, people will not want to play him right now
33 Alan Soutar - late 2021 and early 2022 were meh, but since then he's been in the ascendancy
32 Brendan Dolan - not really done a great deal wrong, just not done quite as much as those ahead of him
31 Adrian Lewis - has the star power and the peak game, as well as a 2022 win, just too many people doing it more often of late
30 Daryl Gurney - seemed to be tailing off a tad, but hasn't been looking bad at all in the early stages of this year, over a moderate distance he can't be discounted
29 Jim Williams - averages in 2023 have been phenomenal, won on the tour, finds ways to win
28 Raymond van Barneveld - previous winner, fairly recent deep TV run, fan favourite, not playing bad
27 Gabriel Clemens - lot of the stats in 2022 may be misleading, huge worlds run can't be ignored
26 Jose De Sousa - another where we might be past the best, but picked things up in the latter half of 2022, so at least trending alright
25 Andrew Gilding - was here where he made his best ever TV run quite some time ago when he hit a purple patch, maybe we're a bit behind the peak of the latest one, but who knows
24 Kim Huybrechts - recent tour winner, hyper confidence player, trending the correct way
23 Martin Schindler - been so, so good over close to a two year period now but still waiting for a first title
22 Chris Dobey - got a TV win but in the most irrelevant event possible, love the player but finding it hard to justify him higher
21 Krzysztof Ratajski - still just plugging away at an elite level, maybe down a couple of percent from his peak but feared by anyone
20 James Wade - 2022 was not good, but he is defending winners money, which points at course, distance and motivation
19 Stephen Bunting - extremely underrated, must be confident after beating MvG last weekend, numbers are there, feels like an event that should suit him
18 Ross Smith - recent major in the bag, and he's outside the top 16. Answer me this - who out of those I list above Ross would you prefer in a last longer?
17 Gary Anderson - game has not gone away, but it's an enormous tournament in terms of rankings and he must be feeling some pressure
16 Nathan Aspinall - was looking as good as anyone in the middle of 2022, but maybe tailed off a bit recently and perhaps the PL tomorrow won't help him?
15 Dimitri Van den Bergh - kind of similar to Nathan, except that he didn't have a brilliant 2023 and the last time we saw him on TV in a ranking major he was getting pwned
14 Joe Cullen - excellent start to the year for someone I've underrated but was getting results regardless. Easily someone I could see grind out a run
13 Ryan Searle - recent Pro Tour win in the bag, has a run at this venue to a final, lots of things to like here
12 Damon Heta - TV form has been relatively shit, but numbers don't lie, was able to make the final day last year
11 Rob Cross - will forever be underrated, literally the only reason I have him down at eleven is that I can make a better case for ten other players
10 Dave Chisnall - fresh off a Euro Tour win, last six months have been the best he's been playing in some time, plenty of experience getting extremely deep in TV majors
9 Danny Noppert - defending champion, recent Pro Tour win, numbers aren't necessarily top 10 but Danny knows how to work with it
8 Josh Rock - hype train maybe has died down a bit but there is no questioning that he is an elite player and with more TV experience behind him, he is only going to get more and more comfortable
7 Dirk van Duijvenbode - Dirk is just that good at this stage. Pro Tour win just now, has been to a major final, can beat anyone on his day
6 Jonny Clayton - major winner, enormous numbers in 2023, just goes about his business, could easily place him one or two spots higher
5 Luke Humphries - first major feels due, very good Euro Tour run last weekend, is doing absolutely nothing wrong, no PL drag factor to worry about
4 Peter Wright - seems to me to be the worst of the "big four" right now, which may be a title I've just made up, but PL results are a concern
3 Gerwyn Price - looked fantastic in Kiel, game is still right up there and a Gerwyn right up there is a threat to win any tournament
2 Michael Smith - must have an unprecedented level of freedom and confidence in TV events right now
1 Michael van Gerwen - still the best player in the world, come at me

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