2016 Mosconi Cup – All to play for at Kuwait 9 Ball

mosconi_cup_logo_team_europe_201628th October – 2016 Mosconi Cup

All to play for in Kuwait

WITH TEAM USA’s final selection being a straight shoot-out with three players contesting two spots, the European picture is far more complicated with the ‘World’ and ‘Combined’ list reaching their conclusion at next week’s Kuwait 9 Ball Championship. With Holland’s Niels Feijen already in the team after he topped the ‘Euro’ list earlier in the month, there are several players in contention for the final two coveted Mosconi Cup spots.

Mosconi Cup XXIII takes place at London’s Alexandra Palace from Tuesday to Friday 6th- 9th December and features two five-man teams representing America and Europe. The tournament comprises a series of singles and doubles matches with the first team to reach 11 points carrying off the famous trophy.

Jayson Shaw is the man to beat as he tops both outstanding ranking lists. With points awarded for a top 32 finish only, Shaw need only finish ahead of Albin Ouschan to maintain his lead on the World list. However if both Shaw and Ouschan flop in the event, then any one of David Alcaide, Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, Dennis Grabe, Alexander Kazakis,

Mario He or Mika Immonen could win through provided they reach the semi final or better.

On the Combined ranking, Shaw once again leads with Mark Gray the imminent threat 34 points behind. That means that Gray needs a quarter-final finish or better depending on whether Shaw makes it to the points stage. Should he fail to do that, David Alcaide has a chance but he will need to reach the final and hope Mark Gray fails to make the semi finals.

The point allocation for the Kuwait 9 Ball Open is:
Champion – 80 pts
Runner-up – 67
Semi-finals – 53
Quarter-finals – 40
Last 16 – 27
Last 32 – 13

In the eventuality that a single player finishes ahead on two or more of the lists, then the spots will go to the next highest placed player(s) on the Combined list. Should the second place on the Combined list be taken by an already qualified player, then the selection would go to the third placed player.

Combined Rankings
1 Jayson Shaw 239
2 Niels Feijen 226
3 Mark Gray 205
4 David Alcaide 187
5 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 153
6 Ralf Souquet 141
T7 Imran Majid 139
T7 Albin Ouschan 139
9 Mika Immonen 131
10 Nikos Ekonomopoulos 130

World Rankings
1 Jayson Shaw 99
2 Albin Ouschan 93
T3 David Alcaide 56
T3 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 56
T5 Dennis Grabe 53
T5 Alexander Kazakis 53
T7 Mario He 51
T7 Mika Immonen 51
9 Daryl Peach 43
10 Imran Majid 29

European Rankings (Complete)
1 Niels Feijen 213
2 Mark Gray 189
3 Jayson Shaw 140
4 David Alcaide 131
5 Nikos Ekonomopoulos 117
6 Ralf Souquet 115
7 Imran Majid 110
8 Joshua Filler 103
9 Wojciech Szewczyk 99
10 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 97

For full rankings go to www.matchroompool.com/mosconi-cup

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.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com

Notes: MATCHROOM SPORT is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and is responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, they operate three pool events; the Mosconi Cup, the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters. In addition, the company produce a multitude of events in darts, snooker, tenpin, golf, fishing, ping pong, poker and boxing.

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