Mika Immonen, aka The Iceman, posted an overall record of 6-1, and is this year’s Most Valuable Player! Awesome! And for those not in the know, Immonen also won this year’s coveted U.S. Open and Japan Open titles! Indeed, it has been an excellent year for the Iceman! And I kid you not!
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Perhaps the pivotal match of this year’s competition also involved the hot-shooting Finn. With the Americans making a charge at the end of play on Friday, Immonen was chosen by Euro skipper Alex Lely to play in the captain’s pick match. He faced Earl Strickland, the most successful player in Mosconi Cup history.
Up just a single point, 4-3, Team Europe risked entering play Saturday deadlocked with Team U.S.A. But Immonen was simply flawless against Strickland, racing past the American en route to a 5-0 whitewashing. Europe would hold its lead, then extend it on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday morning, the advantage grew to 9-5.
On Sunday afternoon, Ralf Souquet and Niels Feijen opened play with an easy victory over Jeremy Jones and Rodney Morris, 5-2. A singles match followed, and to nobody’s surprise, Immonen was chosen to play for Team Europe.
Facing Shane Van Boening, he took an early 4-1 lead before the American took the next two racks. Van Boening misses a kick on the 1, and Immonen ran out for the victory!