Robert Thornton Joins PDC
ROBERT THORNTON, the current BDO number one, has moved onto the Professional Darts Corporation circuit and joined the PDPA.
The Scottish star won the 2007 World Masters and this year^s Dutch Open, before recently coming through the Holsten Qualifiers to win a place in next month^s Blue Square UK Open.
He reached the quarter-finals of last weekend^s Welsh Open, and is currently ranked number one in the BDO system and number three in the WDF.
"I^m excited about coming across to the PDC," said
"It was a big decision for me, but I^m looking forward to my career in the PDC now.
"I know quite a lot of players already and I^ve got on well with James Wade when we^ve done some exhibitions together this year, so it won^t be too hard to settle in."
He added: "My aim is initially to enjoy the Blue Square UK Open in
"I^ll be trying my hardest to qualify for every major tournament from now on, and if I can play my best darts I should hopefully be able to do that."
And his Blue Square UK Open challenge will begin on Thursday June 5 at Bolton against
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: "We welcome all quality players to the PDC and I applaud Robert^s ambition to play amongst the sport^s elite players for millions of pounds in prize money.
"I wish him the best of luck and he has already made clear his ambitions to be successful at the highest level of darts.
"He has done superbly well to become the number one in the BDO system and it^s exciting to see him accept the challenge of starting afresh on the PDC Pro Tour."