- Robert Thornton (darts player)
Darts player infobox
playername = Robert Thornton
nickname = 'The Thorn'
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1967|7|17
hometown = Stevenston,
since = 2002
BDO = 2002 to 2008
PDC = From May 2008
music = Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
currentrank = 65 (August 2008)
BDO World = QF 2005, 2008
World Masters = Winner 2007
World Darts Trophy =
Int. Darts League =
PDC World =
Grand Prix = Last 16, 2008
UK Open =
Vegas = Last 32, 2008
Australian PDPA Winner 2008 Premier League =
tournament = Dutch Open
Central Scotland Open
resultyears = 2008
February 21, 2008
Robert Thornton (born
July 17, 1967) is a Scottish who competes in Professional Darts Corporationevents after his switch from the BDO in May 2008. He is the current holder of the prestigious Winmau World Masters, having produced a major upset to win the title in November 2007.
Thornton only returned to playing darts in 2002, having given up the game to raise his children. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article2897350.ece Return to work finally pays off] timesonline.co.uk] He qualified for the BDO World Championship for the first time in 2005. He beat
Martin Atkinsand Tony Westbefore losing to Darryl Fittonin the quarter finals. He then failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2007 events.
His first title came in the Central Scotland Open in April 2007, beating
Mike Veitchin the final. He failed to make it through the qualifying event for 2008 BDO World Championship, but managed to make it to the televised stages of the 2007 Winmau World Mastersin the same weekend. He then beat Co Stompe, BDO world champion Martin Adams, and Martin Atkinsto reach the final. He managed to avenge his defeat by Darryl Fittonat the 2005 Lakeside World Championship to claim his first major title by 7 sets to 5 and win the £25,000 first prize and also a place in the 2008 World Championship - despite having lost earlier in the qualifiers.
His appearance at the 2008 World Championship was only his second visit to Lakeside, and he matched his previous appearance by reaching the quarter-finals. Having beaten John Walton and
Tony O'Shea, he lost to defending champion Martin Adams- who gained revenge for his loss at the World Masters.
Thornton's good form continued into 2008 when he won the Dutch Open in February and reached the last eight of the Scottish Open a week later to achieve a career high of fourth in the WDF world rankings and was top of the BDO rankings.
Thornton qualified for the 2008 PDC UK Open via the Pub qualifiers and then went on to switch to the PDC after withdrawing for the Scottish team for the Europe Cup.
* [http://www.teessidesoftware.no-ip.com/DartsDatabase/(hrx2lm3qsphzopjaqx231gih)/PlayerDetails.aspx?PlayerKey=1543&organPd=All&tourns=All&plStat=1#PlayerResults Thornton's darts database]
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