Robert Thornton (darts player)
After he had not played darts 20 years, he started in 2002 that again. In 2005 he qualified for the BDO World Championship and reached the quarter- finals, where he lost to Darryl Fitton. Quite surprisingly, he won the 2007 Winmau World Masters, where he was able to prevail in the final against Darryl Fitton.
Over the BDO World Championship 2008, he reached the quarter-finals again, but failed with 3:4 to Martin Adams. However, his class, he proved when he the Dutch Open was won by 2008. After he had qualified for the main round of the UK Open, he joined in May 2008 from the BDO to the PDC. Relatively quickly, within just nine months, he made it into the top 32 ranks of the Order of Merit to play. He was automatically qualified for the PDC World Championship.
At the 2009 Players Championship Finals Robert Thornton reached the final, which he losing to Phil Taylor. However, in the final of the UK Open in 2012, he was able to defeat Taylor, winning his first major tournament at the PDC.
He is currently in 15th place in the Order of Merit.