Strickland to Make 13th Mosconi Cup Appearance
Double J Grabs Last Spot
Both players line up in an American team that is hoping to win the Mosconi Cup outright for the first time since 2005. Taking place at the Hilton Hotel, Portomaso, St Julians, Malta from December 11 – 14, the event features two five-man teams playing a series of singles and doubles matches over four days.
Strickland, 47, is playing in his 13th consecutive Mosconi Cup, a record for the event, and has won a fantastic 37 points from 56 matches. ‘The Pearl’ insists that he will be back to his imperious best come December, having put the health issues that dogged him a few years ago very much behind him.
“I’m not just a pool player, I’m an athlete,” said an ebullient Strickland.
“I’m running four miles every morning and doing 500 sit ups a day and I’m practicing seven to eight hours a day.
“I’m a more intelligent player than most of these guys, I’m working hard and I think I’m close to being back to my very best.
“The Mosconi Cup is my kind of tournament and I’m looking forward to doing my best for the USA in Malta.”
Despite his well-documented bust-ups at the Mosconi Cup, Strickland’s record in the event is the best of the 61 players who have participated in the competition in its 14 year history.
Joining Strickland, Archer, Van Boening and Morris will be Jeremy Jones, who at 36 will be making his seventh Mosconi Cup appearance. ‘Double J’ sports an impressive 16 wins from 28 starts and made his debut back in 1999 when the USA won 12-7 at the York Hall in London.
Jones has enjoyed a revival this year with a third place finish at the Predator International 10 Ball Championship back in May. Then in June, he followed that up with a long-awaited victory in the Generationpool.com Open in Charlotte.
These results and others were enough to propel the likeable Texan up to fourth in the BCA Points List and secure his Mosconi Cup spot.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said, “In all the sports that I have promoted over the years, aside from the boxer Chris Eubank, there has been no other sportsman who has got the public going more than Earl Strickland.
“Some love him, plenty hate him but he is one of the greatest players to have ever held a cue stick and when it comes to entertainment, he has few rivals.
“The Mosconi Cup has always been Earl’s playground – he won MVP honours in Las Vegas in 2005 – and when he’s on form, the Europeans will know all about it.
“Jeremy Jones has a great record in the event and it is gratifying to see him play his way back into contention. He completes a very strong looking American side and I am expecting a fierce battle in December.”
This year will see the 15th running of pool’s answer to the Ryder Cup and the current score stands at 10 ½ – 3 ½ to the Americans.
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