13th July – 2016 Mosconi Cup
Rodney maintains lead as Oscar closes in
WITH TWO more events having played out over the past weekend, veteran Rodney Morris still leads in the 28 event series as the chase for the three automatic spots on Team USA continues. With 12 events gone, there is everything to play for.
With overseas players filling six of the top eight spots at the West Coast Challenge, it was Jason Williams who was the best placed American, finishing third with 28 points. Oscar Dominguez earned 18 points for his 7th place finish which was enough to maintain his second spot in the ranking and close the gap to just five points.
Elsewhere, on the Mid-West 9 Ball Tour in Olathe, Kansas it was veteran Robb Saez who bagged the top spot and with it 35 points to break in to the top ten. Skyler Woodward, who came in third place, moves up to fourth overall and is well positioned with plenty of events to come.
The 2016 Mosconi Cup takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London from 6th to 9th December. Three of the five spots on Team USA will be allocated to the three highest placed players on the ranking list following the conclusion of the US Open in October. A full list of all ranked players is available at http://www.matchroompool.com/mosconi-cup/#teamUSA
The roster of events has been significantly expanded from 2015 and this year there are now a total of 28 events which carry Mosconi Cup points. These events have been grouped into three categories: Category One is major international events both in the USA and overseas; Category Two is events played on 9 foot tables in the US and Category Three is events taking place in the US played on 7 ft tables.
The next events on the ranking list are the US Open 10 Ball and US Open 8 Ball at the Rio in Las Vegas from 20th to 25th July.
Ranking after 12 events
1. Rodney MORRIS 138
2. Oscar DOMINGUEZ 133
3. Mike DECHAINE 114
4. Skyler WOODWARD 92
5. Shaun WILKIE 83
6. Shane VAN BOENING 80
7. Hunter LOMBARDO 71
8. Shane MCMINN 56
T9. Corey DEUEL 50
T9. Robb SAEZ 50
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2016 MOSCONI CUP is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supply the Official Table.The cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Ultimate Team Gear provide all Mosconi Cup apparel.
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