Rocket is back: ‘losing is not an option’

‘ROCKET’ Rodney Morris, a winner of the recent US Open 10 Ball Championship, becomes the third member of the 2013 Mosconi Cup American team as he takes his place alongside Johnny Archer and Shane Van Boening at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from 2nd to 5th December.

Morris, 42, will be making his ninth appearance for his country which puts him at No.3 on the all-time list. Making his debut in Las Vegas in 2003, he got off to a tremendous start in the annual Europe v America 9 ball battle, winning on his first three outings including MVP honours in 2004.

However, the likeable Hawaiian has not been on a winning side since 2005, something he will be looking to make amends for when battle commences in December.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic about being on this year's Mosconi Cup team and representing USA in what I believe is the most exciting pool event in the world,” he said.

“I can't wait to get in there and mix it up with Europe's best and win some huge matches for my teammates.

“I've had some really great moments in this event. I won a massive match against Thorsten Hohmann my first year I played, and I won another great match against Mika Immonen in Holland when I went on to win MVP that time, so I'm pumped for this year.”

Morris who only lost one match against 12 wins in his first three appearances, sports an overall 53% win record and is optimistic about improving upon that at Mosconi Cup XX.

"We are going to win this year because losing is not an option. We won't have any weak links and every single one of us will be not only more than capable, but it would be a shock if we didn't win some very key and crucial points. We’ll have a team of proven, massive hearts on our squad and we're gonna get this one!"

The Mosconi Cup takes place at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas from Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th December and features two five-man teams representing the USA and Europe.

The Europeans are the defending champions, having won 11-9 in London last December, their fifth win in six years.

Tickets are available from (Search ‘Mosconi Cup’) or directly from the Mirage on (+1) 702 792 7777 or 1-800-963-9634.

*This is the fifth of 11 announcements naming the two 2013 Mosconi Cup teams.