MvG Almost The £1Million Man!

January 13 2016

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN enjoyed a record year in 2015 after earning almost £1 million in prize money during an extraordinary 12 months for the Dutchman.

The Dutch superstar enjoyed an amazing 2015, with his tally of 18 tournament wins including his first victories in the Coral UK Open, BetVictor World Matchplay and SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts as he completed a clean sweep of the PDC's major ranking titles.

Van Gerwen also completed a treble of Dubai Darts Masters victories and won The Unibet Masters, European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and Cash Converters Players Championship Finals titles.

Away from the TV stage, he also won five of the nine PDC European Tour events, three out of six UK Open Qualifiers and two Players Championships.

In the 12 months from January 2015 to the end of the 2015/2016 William Hill World Championship, van Gerwen claimed £967,000 in prize money - a figure which would have topped £1 million had he progressed to the World Championship final!

That total was over £400,000 higher than the 12 month earnings won by Gary Anderson in the same period in 2014/2015, when the Scot picked up £561,750 to top the annual standings ahead of van Gerwen (£552,750) and Phil Taylor (£532,000).

Anderson's win in the 2015/2016 World Championship helped to boost his prize money for the last year to £740,000, with Adrian Lewis picking up £506,750 and Taylor scooping £452,125 in the year.

The increased prize money across the PDC circuit is reflected throughout the annual totals, as follows:
Eighth place: 2014 - Dave Chisnall, £207,250; 2015 - Dave Chisnall, £240,250
16th place: 2014 - Brendan Dolan, £120,750; 2015 - Simon Whitlock, £120,000
24th place: 2014 - Kevin Painter, £65,750; 2015 - Jamie Lewis, £79,550
32nd place: 2014 - Paul Nicholson, £46,250; 2015 - Steve Beaton, £62,000
40th place: 2014 - Mensur Suljovic, £30,500; 2015 - Ronny Huybrechts, £38,500

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: "Our pledge to increase prize money across the PDC circuit has been supported by our players with the thrilling darts which they've produced worldwide in recent years.

"Our analysis of last year's prize money totals shows how Michael van Gerwen has raised the bar not only on the oche but also off the oche with the brilliant performances which he produced that almost made him a £1 million man!

"When coupled with the continuing increases in prize money on the PDC circuit, both in our major televised events and on the ProTour, I'm confident that we'll see a player break that magical £1 million barrier for prize money won in a year in the near future.

"Our investment in professional darts has been great news for players across the PDC circuit as we prepare to pay a record £10 million in prize money during 2016."


PDC Prize Money Totals - Top 40 for past two years

  2014-2015 Total 2015-2016 Total
1 Gary Anderson £561,750 Michael van Gerwen £967,000
2 Michael van Gerwen £552,750 Gary Anderson £740,000
3 Phil Taylor £532,000 Adrian Lewis £506,750
4 Raymond van Barneveld £308,750 Phil Taylor £452,125
5 Adrian Lewis £249,500 Peter Wright £375,875
6 James Wade £223,000 James Wade £337,000
7 Peter Wright £215,000 Raymond van Barneveld £328,250
8 Dave Chisnall £207,250 Dave Chisnall £240,250
9 Mervyn King £171,500 Robert Thornton £220,750
10 Robert Thornton £170,750 Stephen Bunting £198,500
11 Stephen Bunting £156,750 Michael Smith £192,750
12 Simon Whitlock £143,000 Jelle Klaasen £177,750
13 Terry Jenkins £139,750 Kim Huybrechts £170,250
14 Michael Smith £126,500 Ian White £142,750
15 Vincent van der Voort £125,250 Mensur Suljovic £142,000
16 Brendan Dolan £120,750 Simon Whitlock £120,000
17 Kim Huybrechts £120,000 Terry Jenkins £119,500
18 Wes Newton £107,250 Benito van de Pas £105,800
19 Ian White £98,250 Vincent van der Voort £102,250
20 Dean Winstanley £89,000 Mark Webster £95,750
21 Justin Pipe £88,500 Mervyn King £93,250
22 Andy Hamilton £88,500 Brendan Dolan £90,250
23 Jamie Caven £76,250 Justin Pipe £80,250
24 Kevin Painter £65,750 Jamie Lewis £79,550
25 Steve Beaton £65,250 Alan Norris £76,250
26 Andrew Gilding £54,500 Gerwyn Price £72,000
27 Ronnie Baxter £53,250 Andrew Gilding £68,000
28 Darren Webster £51,250 John Henderson £65,250
29 Jelle Klaasen £50,250 Keegan Brown £64,650
30 Keegan Brown £49,250 Daryl Gurney £63,500
31 Richie Burnett £46,500 Jamie Caven £62,750
32 Paul Nicholson £46,250 Steve Beaton £62,000
33 Andy Smith £46,250 Joe Murnan £55,750
34 Benito van de Pas £45,500 Max Hopp £55,550
35 Christian Kist £45,250 Rowby-John Rodriguez £52,450
36 Ronny Huybrechts £41,500 Kyle Anderson £46,500
37 Mark Webster £35,750 Andy Hamilton £40,750
38 Michael Mansell £34,750 Christian Kist £38,500
39 Rowby-John Rodriguez £31,000 Cristo Reyes £38,500
40 Mensur Suljovic £30,500 Ronny Huybrechts £38,500
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