Simon Thornton

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Simon Thornton
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Thornton at the 2010 KLM Open
Personal information
Born (1977-03-18) 18 March 1977 (age 40)
Bradford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality  Ireland
Residence Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Spouse Ciara (m. 2004)
Turned professional 2005
Former tour(s) European Tour
Challenge Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Other 3

Simon Thornton (born 18 March 1977) is an Irish professional golfer.


Thornton was a late starter to golf, only taking up the sport in his late teens and turning professional at the advanced age of 28.[1] He began as an assistant club professional at Royal County Down, playing in regional Irish PGA events, where his achievements included recording four straight monthly wins with the Ulster Golfers Alliance.[2] He began playing on the Challenge Tour in 2009, finishing 51st before earning his European Tour card at qualifying school at the end of the season. His debut season on the full tour was unsuccessful, and he returned to the Challenge Tour for 2011, finishing in 12th position to secure a quick return to the European Tour. In June 2013 he claimed his first win on the European Tour with victory at the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open in France.[3][4]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 16 Jun 2013 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open –5 (74-70-65-70=279) Playoff South Africa Tjaart van der Walt

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2013 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open South Africa Tjaart van der Walt Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keogh, Brian (13 November 2008). "Thornton close to Tour dream". Irish Golf Desk. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Edenmore Golf Club Archived November 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Ireland's Simon Thornton claims first ever European Tour title". Irish Independent. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Irish golfer Simon Thornton dedicates triumph to late dad on Father’s Day". The Score. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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