Karl Boyes couldn’t complete a clean sweep of victories in Las Vegas but the Blackpool pool ace can be proud of the part he played in helping Europe win the Mosconi Cup for the sixth successive year.
Europe sealed an 11-7 victory over the USA at the Tropicana Hotel last night, meaning the 33-year-old Boyes has emerged on the winning side on all four occasions he has featured in this nine-ball equivalent of the Ryder Cup.
Europe led 9-6 after three days in Vegas, meaning they needed to win only two of the final night’s five singles to win the 22nd Mosconi Cup tournament on American soil.
All three of last night’s matches went to final frame deciders, and after European captain Niels Feijen has beaten Justin Bergman 5-4 in the opener, Boyes had the opportunity to bring the cup back across the Atlantic by winning match two against Shane Van Boening.
It would have been fitting for Boyes to have earned the match-clinching point, having won all four of his matches earlier in the week.
Boyes looked like doing it too as he surged into a 4-2 lead only for Van Boening to hit back with three successive frames for a 5-4 win.
This merely delayed the European celebrations by 70 minutes as Albin Ouschan edged out Skyler Woodward 5-4 in the battle of the cup rookies to secure the title.
Boyes was a last-minute qualifier for this year’s team, but after his heroics in Vegas the Europeans will already be hoping he makes the side for the 2016 Mosconi Cup in London.
Delighted tournament backer Barry Hearn said: “Nine-ball pool is sweeping the world. It is entertaining thousands live and millions on television.
“The early years were all about American domination but Europe has bounced back. We have a great domestic and international scene but we need more.”