adrian lewis wins the world title but phil taylor is still world number one


Adrian Lewis (Pic: Getty)

Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis may be the PDC World Darts Champion for the second year in a row, but he’s still playing second fiddle to 15-time champ Phil “The Power” Taylor in the PDC rankings.

The PDC’s Order of Merit, which ranks the players by the total prize money earned over a two-year period, sees Taylor remain at the top of the pile, having earned £665,100 over the last two years.

Lewis sits in second place, on £558,800, with James Wade in third and Gary Anderson fourth.

The quartet are guaranteed entry to the PDC’s lucrative Premier League Darts series, which kicks off at the MEN Arena in Manchester on February 9th, with Scotland’s Anderson looking to retain the title he won last year.

They’ll be joined by four wild card selections in the Premier League’s eight-man field, who will compete in a round-robin league competition for 14 weeks, with the 15th and final event at London’s O2 Arena featuring the playoffs and final.

Australia’s “Wizard of Oz”, Simon Whitlock, is expected to make the cut after another strong world championships, along with Ally Pally finalist Andy “The Hammer” Hamilton.

Paul Nicholson, Kevin Painter, Raymond Van Barneveld, Wes Newton and Vincent Van der Voort are all contenders for the remaining two spots, which will be announced by the PDC tonight.

Phil Taylor

Phil “The Power” Taylor – still world number one

PDC ORDER OF MERIT – TOP TEN (AT JAN 3RD, 2012)

1. Phil Taylor – £665,100

2. Adrian Lewis – £558,800

3. James Wade – £383,700

4. Gary Anderson – £329,300

5. Simon Whitlock – £233,700

6. Wes Newton – £215,400

7. Andy Hamilton – £212,900

8. Mark Webster – £183,400

9. Raymond van Barneveld – £168,300

10. Kevin Painter – £161,700

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