In 2008 the PDC introduced the European Order of Merit to give players in the continental area of Europe more possibilities to take part in big events.
Four players qualified for the first edition of the PDC European Championship in Frankfurt/Main over the European Order of Merit and four further players received a Wildcard for the PDC World Darts Championship.
Which tournaments count to the order PDC European of Merit?
All PDC Pro Tour Events in continental Europe count to The PDC European Order of Merit. In 2009 there are Events on Gibraltar, in Germany, the Netherlands and in Austria. Beside the two Events in Gibraltar all tournaments which count to the European Order of Merit were organized from the PDC Europe.
Who is eligible to play?
The Events of the PDC Europe are normal Pro Tour Events and so open Tournaments. Those players who are not member of the PDPA must pay beside the start money also a day fee which is passed to the PDPA by the PDC Europe.
Who is led in the ranking list?
In the PDC European Order of Merit only players are led who have their residence in continental Europe. Only the prize money of these players will count for the PDC European Order of Merit. The prize money of all players taking part in these tournaments will count for the PDC Order of Merit and the PDC Players Championship Order of Merit.
What chances are there?
This year, there are two versions of the PDC European Order of Merit. The first version counts towards the next PDC European Championship and includes all tournaments since Leiden 2008. The last tournaments in this ranking will be the Events in Nuland in October 2009.
The best 8 players after the Events in Nuland will receive a Wildcard for the PDC European Championship in Amsterdam.
The second version of the PDC European Order of Merit will count for the PDC World Darts Championship and includes all Events played in 2009.
The 4 best players of this version will receive a Wildcard for the PDC World Darts Championship
Important Note: All players from continental Europe will be led in the PDC European Order of Merit (e.g. Raymond van Barneveld). The Wildcards for each Event of course will only receive those players who have not yet qualified by the PDC Order of Merit and the PDC Players Championship Order of Merit (or direct invitations).
|European Order of Merit 2013|
|May 19 2013|
|1||van Gerwen, Michael||Netherlands||£27,000|
|4||van Barneveld, Raymond||Netherlands||£4,000|
|5||Van De Rijck, Kurt||Belgium||£2,000|
|9||van der Voort, Vincent||Netherlands||£1,000|
|13||de Geus, Leon||Netherlands||£500|
Event 1 - Butlins Minehead Resort, England
Friday March 8-Sunday March 10
Event 2 - European Darts Trophy
Saturday March 30-Monday April 1
Event 3 - European Darts Open
Friday May 17-Sunday May 19
Event 4 - Austrian Darts Open
Friday May 31-Sunday June 2
Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Event 5 - Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Friday June 28-Sunday June 30
Event 6 - German Darts Championship
Friday September 6-Sunday September 8
Event 7 - German Darts Masters
Friday September 20-Sunday September 22
Event 8 - Dutch Darts Masters
Friday October 25-Sunday October 27
Venue TBC, Holland