Fully televised PDC darts is set to make its major return next month with the World Matchplay getting under way on July 18.

With PDC Order of Merit points set to be up for grabs again, we’ve profiled the world’s top-five PDC-ranked darts players.

Michael van Gerwen 

‘Mighty Mike’ is arguably the greatest darts player since Phil Taylor. He’s been tipped not just to match Taylor’s World Championship tally of 16, but better it.

Van Gerwen has long been making headlines in the darting world. He became the youngest player to win a major tournament after success in the 2006 BDO World Masters. The world was given a glimpse of what the future held in 2007 when he defeated world number one Taylor, and then went on to sink a nine-dart finish against Raymond van Barneveld.

Since then, MVG has dominated the sport and become a household name. He has picked up 54 televised PDC titles, 77 non-televised PDC titles and has even managed an incredible seven televised nine-dart finishes.

In 2019, MVG marked his dominance in the sport when he won the Champions League in Leicester. This victory meant that he had won every televised title in the PDC. He endured a surprising farrow start to 2020, until he stormed to victory in the UK Open, his third time winning the event.

Peter Wright

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is undoubtedly the most colourful player in the PDC. With his bold outfits and uplifting walk-ons, Wright has become a true fan favourite.

Since making his debut, Wright has won seven televised and 22 non-televised PDC titles, reaching the pinnacle of success when beating Van Gerwen to become the PDC world champion in January. He then went on to win the Masters for the first time, making it back-to-back televised titles.

Gerwyn Price

The ‘Iceman’ is a relatively new face having joined the PDC circuit in 2014. A former professional rugby union player, Gerwyn Price swapped the egg-shaped ball for three arrows.

Price has risen rapidly up the ranks since his debut, collecting two televised and seven non-televised titles. His first televised major was the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, which he went on to retain in 2019.

Not shy of showing emotion, Price is known for his fiery temper and big celebrations. He’s had run-ins with other players, but every sport has a ‘villain’. To play against the crowd and still be top rate is quite something, and it’s what Price does every game.

Rob Cross

‘Voltage’ set the world alight with his electrifying run in the 2018 World Championship. He beat Taylor in the final to win on his tournament debut after a fantastic year.

In total, Rob Cross has won four televised and five non-televised PDC events, while he has had a steady start to 2020, but early exits in televised majors have halted his progress slightly.

At his best Cross is one of the world’s most deadly players and once he returns to some of his previous there will be plenty of majors to be won in the future.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith has enjoyed a fruitful career in the PDC thus far and given his talent, he looks sure to enjoy plenty more success. ‘Bully Boy’ is becoming a regular in the latter stages of tournaments and will surely breakthrough at the highest level soon.

To date, Smith has won two televised and nine non-televised titles, while he also managed his maiden televised nine-darter earlier this year during the Premier League in Dublin.

Smith has had a positive start to 2020, reaching the fifth round of the UK Open and finishing as runner-up in the Masters.

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