2. Order of Merit
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 Matchplay World Grand Prix Grand Slam European Championship Players Championship Finals UK Open
Premier Invitational Events: Premier League World Series Finals Masters World Cup
ProTour Events: European Tour Players Championships
Secondary Tour Events: Challenge Tour Development Tour Women’s Series
Other Events: World Youth Championship World Series Non-UK Affiliate Tours (as administered by PDC Nordic & Baltic, Eurasian Darts Corporation, DartPlayers Australia, DartPlayers New Zealand, PDC Asian Tour, Championship Darts Corporation).
2.2 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.
2.3 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£.
2.4 Any bonus prize money for a nine-dart finish achieved by a player in an Event will be determined by the PDC Board of Directors and announced in advance of the Event. These payments will not count towards any Orders of Merit.
2.5 All prize money paid to PDPA Members in all Events will be paid in UK£ directly by the PDC or its local agents, unless otherwise advertised.
Prize money will be paid into the bank account nominated by the player to the PDC which must be either in their own name, the name of a company of which they are a Director, the name of their DRA Licensed Agent’s Business Account or in the case of a Development Tour player or other player legally classified as a minor, the name of one or more of their parents/guardians.
2.6 The main Order of Merit is calculated on prize money won by players over a 104-week period and is added to each player’s total at the end of the day on which the Event concludes.
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.
No Premier Event shall count three times towards the main Order of Merit, with the earliest of the three removed if necessary.
2.7 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.
2.8 Invitations to and seedings for ranked Premier and European Tour Events and qualifying Events will be based on the relevant Orders of Merit at the closing date for entries or qualification for the Event in question (as per Section 3).
Seedings for Players Championship Events will be based on the relevant Order of Merit at the time of the draw being made – usually the day of the event.
2.9 Players will need to have participated in a minimum of one ProTour or Premier Event over a rolling 104-week 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 104-week period, they will be removed from the Order of Merit.
2.10 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 (who are not PDPA Associate Members) in the UK Open or Grand Slam will not count towards the Main Order of Merit. For the avoidance of doubt, PDPA Associate Members who have not qualified for the UK Open through their Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit position are permitted to participate in Amateur Qualifiers for the UK Open.
2.11 All prize money won in all PDC Events (not sanctioned affiliate tours) will be subject to a 2% levy, to be paid directly to the PDPA in the form of deductions from prize money.