Monday 22 May 2023

FRH ranking update

Well those each way tips went just about as badly as could have been projected, but we'll put that behind us - Saturday's PC was a weird one with Cross getting it over de Decker, who we turned down in favour of Ratajski (which we'd like to have back), while Radek Szaganski and Niels Zonneveld completed a very odd semi final lineup, the tournament also seeing Joe Murnan and Jimmy Hendriks going deep. Sunday was a bit more chalky with Clayton getting the cake over Rock, Heta and Gilding reaching the semis, and only Krcmar being unseeded in the quarters, although he's not exactly unknown in terms of making runs. This gives us this as new FRH rankings:

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

Cross and Clayton have bridged the gap from the five way clusterfuck we saw last update and made it into a three way battle for 6th to 8th with Aspinall, less than 4k separating those three. A tricky weekend for Noppie seems him drop out of the top ten, but less than 2k separates him and Dirk. Smith had a bad weekend and drops just below Heta, Gilding's created a bit of breathing room from Searle, who's closer to Clemens than he is to getting the top 16 spot back, while Dobey and de Sousa are separated by less than 1k. Rock is up to 22nd now, and probably by tomorrow would be close enough to Dobey to hit the top 20 with a Pro Tour win. Heck, with Dobey not in Sindelfingen, he can get up into the top 20 with another Euro Tour final by this time next week. Lower down, players who've had notable performances this week (or in Prague) include de Decker getting up to 43rd, which will bump easily up into the top 40 if you include provisional Matchplay money, his final pushing him comfortably into the field with just four events before the cutoff. Sedlacek had an alright run in Prague but it only really made a top 60 spot safer rather than bumping him that highly, Zonneveld is getting close to the top 64, Murnan and Hendriks are close to each other just off the top 80, Szaganski and Veenstra are into the top 100 along with Chris Landman and Lee Evans, new card holder Slevin will get there after the Euro Tour as well.

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