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Peter Wright PDC World No 1


On top of the World - Peter Wright takes the number one spot in the latest rankings

Darts has always loved its characters. The likes of Bobby George and the late Andy Fordham are not your typical sportsmen, but proved that appearances can be deceptive and dominated the game in their respective eras. Now Peter Wright has taken his opportunity to show that behind the crazy hair, he's not merely a serious competitor – he's the best in the world.

Despite his relatively early exit in the 2022 Cazoo UK Open – he was knocked out in the last 16, falling to Irishman Willie O'Connor – Wright has done enough to overhaul Gerwyn Price. It's one of the biggest shake-ups the order of merit has seen in years.


A Long Road to the Top

Snakebite, as he is known, has been around the pro darts scene longer than you might think. He first turned pro way back in 1994, but after a couple of seasons, moved to the amateur leagues and found work as a builder and tyre fitter. In 2008, in his late 30s, he relaunched his pro darts career and started to climb up the rankings.

Wright won his first professional title on the PDC pro tour, the Killarney, in 2012 at the age of 42. Five years later, he won his first major, the 2017 UK Open, and over the past couple of years, he's picked up the biggest titles of them all with the 2020 World Championship and the 2021 World Matchplay titles. Perhaps most incredible, though, is the fact that despite his 13-year hiatus from the pro scene, he has still managed to win more than 30 PDC titles – something only three other players have achieved. From 40-year-old journeyman to best in the world, it's been a stunning transformation, and Wright's name suddenly tops the darts betting odds in every tournament he enters.


All Change in the Rankings

Peter Wright Takes the No 1 Spot


Peter Wright's rise to the top means that Gerwyn Price drops down to second in the order of merit. Michael Smith's run to the final in Minehead was enough to see him rise to third, leapfrogging both James Wade and Michael van Gerwen.

It's the strongest indication yet that the great MVG's days of domination are over. However, given that the Dutchman is still only 32 and is 20 years Peter Wright's junior, we can safely assume he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. He proved that in style by winning yet another Premier League event the day after the new order of merit was announced. Still, this is the first time his ranking has dropped as low as five in a decade, and he will be keen to get back to the top without delay.

Wright's Scottish compatriot Gary Anderson is another player waving his flag for the over-50s and stands at 6th in the rankings, while Danny Noppert's UK Open victory helped him rise to a career-high 12.







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