Double Dutch Lead Race to Blackpool
30th June, 2014 PartyPoker Mosconi Cup
FOLLOWING HIS string of magnificent performances in capturing the WPA World 9 Ball Championship in Doha, Holland’s Niels Feijen has put himself in prime position to make his tenth appearance in the PartyPoker Mosconi Cup this December.
There are three automatic spots available on Team Europe drawn from three separate rankings and the 37 year-old from the Hague heads two of those following his 13 -10 win over Austria’s Albin Ouschan.
Compatriot Nick Van den Berg is on top of the Euro Tour ranking while Feijen heads the ‘World’ list and the ‘Combined Ranking’ – a combination of the other two lists.
At the close of the qualification series in October, the No.1 ranked player on each of the three lists will take their places on the European side as they defend their Mosconi Cup crown at the Tower Circus, Blackpool from 1st to 4th December.
Austrian hotshot Ouschan, who missed out on a spot in 2012 following a three-way play-off that was won by Nick Ekonomopoulos, moved to second on the World Ranking and third on the combined following a career best showing in Qatar.
The next counting event is action recommences in August in Slovenia with a Euro Tour slot. Aside from the three qualifying spots, the remaining two places will be wildcards and in the event that any player heads more than one list, the next highest placed player on the Combined Ranking will take the spot.
World Ranking (after two events)/Total
1. Niels Feijen (NED) 40
2. Albin Ouschan 25
T3. Mika Immonen (FIN) 15
T3. Thorsten Hohmann (GER) 15
T3. Radoslaw Babica (POL) 15
T6. Ralf Souquet (GER) 10
T6. Darren Appleton (ENG) 10
T6. Mario He (AUT) 10
T6. Nick Van den Berg (NED) 10
Euro Tour Ranking (after three events)/Total
1. Nick van den Berg (HOL) 38
2. Niels Feijen (HOL) 30
3. Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 28
4. Mark Gray (GBR) 27
5. Karol Skowerski (POL) 25
6. Ralf Souquet (GER) 23
7. Karl Boyes (ENG) 22
T8. Chris Melling (ENG) 21
T8. Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) 21
10. Denis Grabe (EST) 20
Combined Ranking (after five events)/Total
1. Niels Feijen (HOL) 70
2. Nick van den Berg (HOL) 48
3. Albin Ouschan 37
T4. Ralf Souquet (GER) 33
T4. Nick Ekonomopoulos (GRE) 33
6. Karol Skowerski (POL) 30
7. Mark Gray (GBR) 27
T8. Chris Melling (ENG) 26
T8. Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) 26
10. Mario He (AUT) 25
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