Mosconi Cup: Earl Strickland smashes cue while FSR bags golden break to edge Europe ahead

Earl Strickland was in the thick of the action on day three of the Mosconi Cup, though it was Friday’s third match which proved particularly thrilling.

Strickland, who was forced to withdraw from the Mosconi Cup last year, has certainly made an impact on his 2022 return. 

The player was a wildcard addition to team USA, and he had his work cut out on day three of the annual event.

Strickland, alongside Shane Van Boening, kicked off the day with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Jayson Shaw and David Alcaide.

During the clash, Strickland made amends for an earlier error by potting a difficult five ball from the cushion in the deciding rack.

USA went on to clear the table and win the match, which moved the hosts 5-4 up in the race to 11.

Team Europe levelled proceedings through Alcaide's 5-2 win over Tyler Styer, though Strickland was soon back at the table.

On this occasion, it was Skyler Woodward who was the doubles partner as the USA took on Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and Joshua Filler.

With the scores tied at 1-1, the USA were at the table and set their sights on the final two balls as Strickland lined up to pot the eight.

The 61-year-old dramatically missed the shot and slammed his cue on the floor through pure frustration.

Team Europe went on to clear the table and ended up edging 3-1 ahead in an enthralling doubles contest.

There was more drama to come as Strickland landed a tricky six ball to help the United States cut their deficit and make it 3-2.

However, the American legend was unable to pot a mid-length six-ball in the next rack as Europe cleaned up and went on the hill.

To finish things off Sanchez Ruiz produced the second golden break of this year's event to seal victory and move Europe 6-5 ahead.

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