Race to Dublin: Last European Tour event before the cut-off offers inviting chance for players to push into World Grand Prix field

The race to qualify for next month’s World Grand Prix enters the home straight next week, with a Players Championship double-header, but this weekend’s International Darts Open offers a big opportunity for players to force themselves into contention.

The penultimate European Tour event of 2019 gets under way in Riesa this afternoon, and is the last European Tour event before the cut-off for the World Grand Prix. With £140,000 of prize money up for grabs in Germany this weekend, a big run could see changes in the current 32-player line-up for Dublin.

Following the mid-week Players Championship double-header in Barnsley earlier this week, 22 of the 32 places are confirmed, with the current top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit, along with Krzysztof Ratajski, Glen Durrant, Jermaine Wattimena, Jamie Hughes, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Ricky Evans, all qualified.

The final 10 spots will be decided from the ProTour Order of Merit, and the likes of Willie O’Connor, Kyle Anderson, Justin Pipe, Harry Ward, Steve West, Jelle Klaasen and Mickey Mansell, who have all qualified for Riesa, can give their qualifying hopes a major boost with a run this weekend.

PDC Order of Merit (top 16 qualify)

Position Name Prize Money
1 Michael van Gerwen (Q) £1,574,500
2 Rob Cross (Q) £929,750
3 Daryl Gurney (Q) £539,250
4 Gary Anderson (Q) £533,750
5 Michael Smith (Q) £530,750
6 Peter Wright (Q) £471,000
7 Gerwyn Price (Q) £433,000
8 James Wade (Q) £417,500
9 Mensur Suljovic (Q) £396,250
10 Ian White (Q) £349,250
11 Dave Chisnall (Q) £320,000
12 Simon Whitlock (Q) £319,250
13 Nathan Aspinall (Q) £293,000
14 Jonny Clayton (Q) £274,500
15 Joe Cullen (Q) £249,250
16 Adrian Lewis (Q) £247,500
17 Stephen Bunting £236,000
18 Darren Webster £235,250
19 Jermaine Wattimena £205,000
20 Mervyn King £203,500

ProTour Order of Merit (top 16 not already qualified)

Position Name Prize Money
1 Krzysztof Ratajski (Q) £84,000
2 Glen Durrant (Q) £66,000
3 Jermaine Wattimena (Q) £62,000
4 Jamie Hughes (Q) £54,250
5 Ricky Evans (Q) £52,250
6 Jeffrey de Zwaan (Q) £52,250
7 Stephen Bunting £51,250
8 Steve Beaton £50,250
9 Chris Dobey £49,000
10 Danny Noppert £49,000
11 Vincent van der Voort £43,750
12 John Henderson £43,750
13 Max Hopp £43,000
14 Mervyn King £38,750
15 Gabriel Clemens £37,750
16 Dimitri Van den Bergh £37,750
17 Darren Webster £36,500
18 Jose de Sousa £35,250
19 William O’Connor £33,000
20 Kyle Anderson £32,750
21 Ross Smith £31,000
22 Justin Pipe £30,500
23 Ron Meulenkamp £30,500
24 Brendan Dolan £29,500
25 James Wilson £28,000
26 Steve West £27,500
27 Harry Ward £27,250
28 Ryan Searle £26,250
29 Luke Humphries £24,750
30 Ted Evetts £24,000
31 Kim Huybrechts £23,750
32 Martin Schindler £23,750
33 Raymond van Barneveld £23,500
34 Jelle Klaasen £23,250
35 Mickey Mansell £22,750

Picture: PDC

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