2016 Mosconi Cup – Rodney maintains lead as Oscar closes in

Rodney Morris
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
Tickets for the Mosconi Cup are available from www.matchroompool.com or for packages from the USA contact diane@thecruiseplanner.com