Robert Thornton

Last Updated: 11/12/13 10:44am

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Robert Thornton will be hoping to make a big impact at this year's World Championship after a strong couple of years.

Following a return to darts in 2002 having given up the game to raise his children, the Scot reached the last eight of the BDO World Championship in 2005 and 2008 and, in between, landed the 2007 World Masters.

Thornton joined the PDC in 2008 and quickly stormed up the rankings by making the 2009 Players Championship final.

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  • Born: Ayrshire 17/7/1976
  • Nickname: The Thorn
  • Major titles: UK Open, World Masters
  • World championship best: Last 16
  • Walk-on music: I'm Gonna Be - The Proclaimers

The 46-year-old became just the third man to win both Players Championship floor events in the same weekend with success in the Irvine double-header in his native Scotland, and he threatened to climb up even further.

However, 2011 was a bad year for Thornton as he broke his hand during the season and then had his campaign ruined by a bout of pneumonia.

Fortunes changed for him in 2012 though as he claimed his second major tournament victory and his first in the PDC by lifting the UK Open crown in Bolton, beating the great Phil Taylor 11-5 in the final.

As for his form in 2013 he finished fifth in the Premier League in May and banked his biggest cheque of the season when finishing runner-up in the Grand Slam of Darts, losing 16-6 to Taylor in the final.

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