Taylor Regains Number One Spot

PHIL TAYLOR has regained the world number one spot after the Budweiser UK Open.

Taylor was overtaken 18 months ago at the head of the world rankings by Colin Lloyd - but The Power's victory over the Essex star in the UK Open meant that he leapfrogged back to the top of the tree.

With the Budweiser UK Open providing the cut-off point for the Las Vegas Desert Classic and Stan James World Matchplay, it was Terry Jenkins and Matt Clark who were the major beneficiaries.

Jenkins held on to the 12th and final automatic place in the Desert Classic, consigning Adrian Lewis to the qualifiers.

And Matt Clark jumped above Erik Clarys and Colin Monk to take the 28th spot in the World Matchplay.

Clarys will be unable to attend the PDPA Qualifiers in Hayling Island this weekend due to his broken arm, but Monk will be among 140 players competing for the final four spots at Blackpool.

The draw for that event will be available on Tuesday morning, and also includes UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld and American duo John Kuczynski and Ray Carver.

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