The official WDBS rankings have been updated for the penultimate time this season following last weekend’s Belgian Open.
The WDBS ranking system includes individual ranking lists for each of the main classification groups, with players earning points from based upon their finishing position at designated ranking tournaments.
The rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place), with points earned during 2019/20 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2020 Belgian Open were replaced by those earned at the 2023 Belgian Open.
The most significant ranking movement following the action in Bruges is that there is a change at the top of Group 4 with Scotland’s William Thomson having claimed the number one spot for the first time.
Despite his semi-final defeat to David Church, the 37-year-old has leapfrogged record 14-time WDBS champion Daniel Blunn – who also lost in the last four – as Blunn failed to defend the points that he earned following his victory in Bruges back in 2020.
Blunn in fact falls to third position behind compatriot Church, who reached his fifth ranking event final during the past 18 months to maintain his exceptional consistency on Tour, while Belgian winner Carl Gibson is up to fourth following his second title win from his past three tournaments played.
Elsewhere, Kurt Deklerck is a significant mover in Group 1/2 as he moves up six places to number three following his second career WDBS title win against top ranked Tony Southern, while debutants Dalton Lawrence and Gerdy Dupont are new entries at sixth and ninth positions respectively in Group 5.
In Group 7, Mike Gillespie has tightened his grip upon top spot with Dylan Rees having not competed in Bruges and dropping to fourth, while Gary Taylor is up to third position in the Group 8 rankings following his second title win of the season enough to see him close the gap to the top two Shabir Ahmed and Lewis Knowles.
The WDBS Tour will return with the final ranking tournament of the 2022/23 season, the Hull Open from 19-21 May 2023. Online entry remains open until Friday 12 May.