WITH JAYSON SHAW and DAVID ALCAIDE taking the final two wildcard spots on Team Europe, the sides are now set for the 24th annual partypoker Mosconi Cup which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort from 4-7 DecemberWith Ralf Souquet, Josh Filler and then Nick van den Berg qualifying for the team via the ranking system, it was left to Euro skipper Marcus Chamat to pick the final two players to make the team.
Jayson Shaw, a superb winner at the recent US Open and flying high in the World Rankings, was an obvious choice as leader of the contending pack. Then, after much thought, Chamat went for Spanish veteran David Alcaide, who has enjoyed an outstanding 24 months including multiple Euro Tour wins as well as victory at the 2017 World Pool Masters.
Commented Chamat; “It was a very hard decision to make and is testament to the fact that there are so many great players in Europe.”
“Jayson was the easier pick with his amazing win at the Open, but the second spot was a difficult decision. I went for David in the end as I feel he’s really moved up a notched this year to the very highest level and will have something big to prove in Vegas..”
“There can only be five players in the team and I believe that we have a very strong squad to go to Vegas and make a successful defence of the Mosconi Cup.”
入選2017年歐洲隊莫斯考尼盃的首三位成員，分別為德國名將 Ralf Souquet, 新秀 Josh Filler 以及荷蘭名將 Nick van den Berg，三人均透過積分排名系統取得入選資格，而最後隊長 Marcus Chamat 手中的兩名外卡資格，則分別選了蘇格蘭名將 JAYSON SHAW 與西班牙老將 DAVID ALCAIDE，完成了歐洲隊陣容的最後一塊拼圖。今年的莫斯考尼盃將回到美國進行，比賽將在拉斯維加斯的曼德勒海灣度假村 (Mandalay Bay Resort) 登場。
第一張外卡給到了 Jayson Shaw，這位近2、3年表現相當亮眼的蘇格蘭名將，不僅現今世界排名名列前茅，更在上周甫奪下美國公開賽冠軍，當之無愧地成為隊長 Chamat 候選人名單中的領頭羊。而最後的外卡資格，選擇了西班牙名將 David Alcaide。David 在過去的24個月有著相當優異的成績表現，包括多次歐巡賽的勝利以及2017年世界花式撞球大師賽的優勝。
Chamat 談論到: “這是一個非常艱難的決定，但也證明了歐洲有許多的優秀的球員。Jayson憑藉著拿下美國公開賽及其優異的表現，可謂當之無愧。最後一張外卡則相對困難許多，我最終選擇了 David。我覺得他今年的表現提升到非常高的水平，他需要用拉斯維加斯的表現證明自己。只有五名球員能入選歐洲隊，我相信我們有一個非常堅強的陣容前往拉斯維加斯，並成功地衛冕莫斯考尼盃。”
Tickets for partypoker Mosconi Cup XXIV are available now at www.mosconicup.com Tickets start from $48 per session with season tickets comprising all four sessions from £161. Premium and VIP packages are also available.
2017 partypoker MOSCONI CUP is sponsored by partypoker, the number one name in online poker, 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 and Chalk of the event and Ultimate Team Gear provide all Mosconi Cup apparel.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: email@example.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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