Feijen Claims First Berth on Team Europe
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport
Oct. 3, 2016

HOLLAND’S Niels Feijen is the first man to gain a spot on Team EUROPE as they look ahead to defending the Mosconi Cup at London’s Alexandra Palace from Tuesday to Friday 6th- 9thDecember. Feijen, 39, will be making his 12th appearance in the storied event which will put him third on the European all-time list and move him to fifth on the overall roster of total appearances.

 

The Dutchman sealed the deal on home territory as he won the Euro Tour Dutch Open at Leende at the weekend. He held off Mark Gray and Jayson Shaw to finish on top of the Euro Event ranking after the nine-event series.

 

“I’m over the moon! I didn't realize it was already my 12th appearance!” said a delighted Feijen.

 

“In Leende I didn't want to focus on the points, but try to win the event instead. Otherwise it works negative for me. But in the quarters against Roman Hybler a big crowd gathered around the arena table so I figured Mark Gray must have lost so this was the match to win, no way around it.

 

“But I still wasn't sure about the points. I never really calculated all that stuff, too negative. After that win, the pressure was off and I managed to win the Euro Tour, which was a great bonus cause it's my tenth win.

“It’s nice to get the qualifying thing out of the way and focus solely on the majors to come. I'm very excited to see the arena at the Alexandra Palace and of course the atmosphere with the hardcore fans! We will have a great team for sure; all the guys that are in the running are champions!”

 

There are two more tournaments to go – the US Open and the Kuwait Open – and two automatic spots to play for. Albin Ouschan leads the ‘World’ list while Feijen is in front on the ‘Combined’ list. 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.

 

 

European Rankings

 

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

 

Combined Rankings

 

1 Niels Feijen                                 226

2 Mark Gray                                    189

3 Jayson Shaw                                180

4 David Alcaide                   144

5 Ralf Souquet                                141

6 Albin Ouschan                 139

7 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 137

8 Nikos Ekonomopoulos  130

9 Imran Majid                                 123

10 Mika Immonen             120

 

World Rankings

 

1 Albin Ouschan                93

T2 Dennis Grabe                 53

T2 Alexander Kazakis                    53

T4 Mario He                         40

T4 Mika Immonen             40

T4 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz           40

T4 Jayson Shaw                  40

T8 Darren Appleton                      27

T8 Artem Koshovoj                        27

T8 Daryl Peach                    27

 

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.