Jayson Shaw in Pole Position For European Mosconi Cup Spot
Jayson Shaw maintained his lead at the top of the European Mosconi Cup rankings after last weekends UK Open 9 Ball event in Telford.
The GB 9 Ball Tour does not usually attract many of the mainland Europe based players, however, on this occasion with the Mosconi Cup points up for grabs the likes of Niels Feijen, Nikos Ekonomopolous, Mika Immonen, Denis Grabe, Ralf Souquet and David Alcaide all travelled to the north east midlands venue.
Europe's elite were joined by Britain's elite pool players (who actually are also part of Europe's elite!). Mark Gray, Daryl Peach, Imran Majid, Jayson Shaw, Craig Osborne, Chris Melling and Karl Boyes all took part with many of them using it as good match practice ahead of the World 9 Ball Championships this week.
It was the aforementioned Niels Feijen that took the spoils in the main event beating Spaniard Francisco Sanchez Ruiz. Feijen's win moved him up to number 3 in the Mosconi Cup rankings just behind British pair Mark Gray (2) and Jayson Shaw (1).
The Scot, now based in the USA, has been travelling away from his young family this season in order to grab a coveted Mosconi Cup spot. He made it to the last 16 in Telford, a position that gave him just enough points to consolidate his number 1 spot.
Only the top player on the rankings is guaranteed a Mosconi Cup pick come the main event in December so the actio is ure to be fierce as the qualifying events tick down.
Matchroom, the organisers of the Mosconi Cup, may decide to take into consideration player performance on the ranking list when making the wildcard picks but as it stands only the number 1 is certain.
Another player that really deserves a mention is Mark Gray, the former snooker professional has been having an awesome season and his semi-final finish in the UK open allowed him to close the gap on Shaw.
Current Team Europe Mosconi Cup Standings
- Jayson Shaw (GBR) - 132
- Mark Gray (GBR) - 129
- Niels Feijen (NED) - 120
- Ralf Souquet (GER) - 115
- Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) - 1-3
- Imran Majid (GBR) - 81
- Mika Immonen (FIN) - 72
- Mario He (AUT) - 65
- David Alcaide (ESP) - 54
- Ivo Aarts (NED) - 53