Back-to-back World Seniors glory ranks at 'very top' for Thornton: "Are you serious, that is the nicest trophy I've ever seen"

Robert Thornton prevailed 5-2 against Richie Howson to become back-to-back champion at the World Seniors Darts Championship in an imperious weekend which saw him only drop three sets.

"It's massive because that is the very first TV tournament I've actually defended and won so it makes it extra special," said Thornton to Online Darts.

But where does it rank? It goes to the very top for the Scot.

"Are you serious, that is the nicest trophy I've ever seen. It ranks at the top, the very top. It makes it special because I've defended it."

He also counted on support from his family who shocked him with their arrival. "My daughter phoned me at 9am this morning, she went I'll be with you in two hours, I went what do you mean you'll be with me in two hours. She went we drove down, left at 3am this morning. To win it with them here with me is amazing," added a speechless Thornton.

But now Thornton sees the tournament going from strength to strength with no ceiling in sight.

"If you look at the field this year, it was absolutely immense. You've got Neil Duff, Gates, Scott Mitchell. I don't think there's a ceiling, it's only going to get bigger. There's so many Seniors that want to play darts but they can't go Q-School so they can come and do this."

This also swayed Thornton into not attending Q-School as well as the less travelling involved.

"It wasn't a tough decision, there's less travelling with the Seniors. I love it, we can turn up, we can play darts. Nobody judges you and a lot of ProTours, there's a lot of back biting and you don't want that when you want to play darts."

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