2.1 The PDC operates various Orders of Merit, based on prize money won in its Events.
Events are categorised as follows:
Premier Ranked Events: World Championship
World Grand Prix
Players Championship Finals
Premier Invitational Events: Premier League
World Series Finals
ProTour Events: European Tour
UK Open Qualifiers
Secondary Tour Events: Challenge Tour
Other Events: World Youth Championship
Non-UK Affiliate Tours (as administered by PDC Nordic & Baltic, Eurasian Darts Corporation, Dart Players Australia, Dart Players New Zealand)
2.2 For every Premier Event there shall be a £5,000 prize fund for any player achieving a nine-dart leg. This shall total not more than £60,000 across 12 annual Events but may be carried over at the end of a year if not won during the period it takes for all 12 Events to be played.
This prize fund is not counted on any Order of Merit.
Should this prize fund not be won in a particular Event, it shall be carried over and have the same amount again added to it until it is won (i.e. £5,000 in Event one, £10,000 in Event two, £15,000 in Event three, £20,000 in Event four etc). Once the prize fund has been won, it will revert to £5,000 for the next Premier Event.
If this prize fund is won during a Doubles match at the World Cup, each player shall be paid half the available prize fund.
To clarify: nine-dart finishes hit during qualifying Events of Premier Events do not count in respect of this prize fund.
2.3 If more than one player completes a nine-dart finish at any point during any Premier Event the prize fund will be divided pro rata based on the number of occasions on which the feat has been achieved.
To clarify: if one player achieves the feat twice and another once, the player who has achieved it twice will be entitled to a two-third share of the prize fund, regardless of the stages of the Event when he achieved the feat. This prize fund does not count towards any Order of Merit.
If two or more nine-dart finishes are hit in the Premier League, either side of the UK Open, the prize fund on offer at the start of the Premier League would be deemed applicable with the prize fund reset for either the UK Open or the Premier Event which follows the Premier League in the calendar.
2.4 All Events will be scheduled and categorised at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors, following consultation with the PDPA, but with the final decision resting with the PDC Board of Directors.
2.5 Prize money won in all ranking Events determine a player’s standing in the relevant Orders of Merit. Prize money will be displayed in UK£ as per the details in 2.1.
2.6 All prize money paid to PDPA Members in all Events will be paid in UK£ directly by the PDC or its local agents in the standard amounts detailed above, unless otherwise advertised.
Prize money will be paid in to the bank account nominated by the player to the PDC which must be either in his own name, the name of a company of which he is a Director, the name of his DRA Licensed Agent, or in the case of a Development Tour player, the name of one or more of his parents/guardians.
2.7 The main Order of Merit is calculated on prize money won by players over a two-year period and is added to each player’s total at 0900 on the day following the conclusion of each Event.
All prize money shall count for two years and be removed from the main Order of Merit 104 weeks after it was won, regardless of the corresponding position in the calendar of any Events.
If there is a clash of dates with Events (for example: March 23 2016, March 23 2018), money will be removed before the commencement of the Event which clashes with the Event from two years previously.
No Premier Event shall count three times towards the main Order of Merit.
2.8 The calendar of Events and Orders of Merit will be published on pdc.tv, the PDC’s official website and it will be the responsibility of the individual players to ensure they are aware of all details.
2.9 Invitations to and seedings for ranked Premier and European Tour Events will be based on the relevant Orders of Merit at the closing date for entries or qualification for the Event in question.
Seedings for Players Championship and UK Open qualifying Events will be based on the relevant Order of Merit at the time of the draw being made – usually the day of the event.
2.10 Players will need to have participated in a minimum of one ProTour or Premier Event over a rolling two-year period to be eligible to qualify for Premier Ranked Events through the main Order of Merit or be eligible to win a Tour Card.
Once a player has not participated in one ProTour or Premier Event over a rolling two-year period, they will be removed from the Order of Merit.
2.11 Only prize money won by players when PDPA members shall appear on the Orders of Merit. Lapsed members, or players who lose their Tour Card and do not regain it for the following year will be removed from the Orders of Merit after Q School, and if they compete again as Full, Honorary, Associate or Day Members their prize money tallies will revert to £0 from the day their membership ceased or their Tour Card was lost.
Non-Tour Card holders who qualify for a one-year Tour Card by virtue of their ranking at the end of the previous year will retain their prize money won during the previous year on the Order of Merit.
Prize money won by Amateur Qualifiers in the UK Open or BDO Qualifiers in the Grand Slam will not count towards any Order of Merit.
2.12 Players who allow their PDPA membership to lapse during or following Q School or participation in the PDC World Championship are not permitted to enter UK Open Amateur Qualifiers for the remainder of that calendar year.
2.13 All prize money won in all PDC Events (not sanctioned affiliate tours) will be subject to a 3% levy, to be paid directly to the PDPA in the form of deductions from prize money.