FOLLOWING the 2018 Unibet European Championship, we take a look at which players were the biggest risers and fallers on the Order of Merit after a gripping weekend in Dortmund.

Having claimed his first European Championship crown, and his first televised title in over seven years, James Wade was the big winner of the weekend.

New-father Wade dedicated the victory to two-week-old son Arthur James, while his £100,000 prize has fired him up three places to sixth in the PDC Order of Merit.

Runner-up Simon Whitlock added an extra £35,000 to his Order of Merit total but the Australian remains eighth in the ranking.

Paul Nicholson (PDC)

Despite suffering a first round exit at the hands of Michael van Gerwen, Paul Nicholson was the biggest riser after the Westfalenhalle weekend as the former Players Champion added £5,000 to his Order of Merit total, moving up six places to 63rd.

Ricky Evans, Steve West and Danny Noppert all rose three places, while German duo Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, along with Steve Beaton, went up two spots.

Four-time European Champion Van Gerwen suffered a £90,000 drop in ranking money, though the Dutchman is still firmly-cemented as the world number one.

James Richardson, Jamie Caven and Devon Petersen were the biggest fallers down the ranking, while a first-round defeat for Mensur Suljovic saw the Austrian lose £35,000 in ranking money as he dropped to seventh.

Full list of ranking changes below, courtesy of Christopher Kempf (Official Statistical Analyst of the PDC).

PDC Order of Merit ranking changes following European Championship (PDC)