Thornton reflects after superb Super Series return: “There’s life in this old dog yet”
But for Thornton, he showed he definitely still belonged on the ProTour with £6,500 prize money won and victories over the likes of Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney and Nathan Aspinall.
“There’s life in this old dog yet. I was given an opportunity and I took it,” said Thornton to Oche.
“I had 48 hours notice that I was in. I was down in Portsmouth playing in the Modus online league. So my wife had to send my passport down so I could travel.
“All my winning averages were between 96 and 106 and I got some good results beating the likes of Michael and Daryl.
“I’m one of these people who believes that everything happens for a reason. Losing my tour card has probably given me the kick up the backside I needed. It’s given me the reason to fight back. I’ve always played better when I’m on the ropes.
“I’ve got that fire in my belly again and I went there to enjoy it and I did. To beat the likes of Nathan who is top of the Premier League was a boost for me. It’s good for my belief and I can’t wait to get another crack at it.
“Fingers crossed now I might get another chance in the next Players Championship block. Hopefully I will as I’d like to think I’d be one of the top picks for next in line if others pull out through travel issues.”