Monday, October 09, 2006

Jonni Fulcher wins Euro Tour in own backyard

Home favourite Jonni Fulcher surprised everyone by winning the Swiss Open and the top prize of €5,000. In the final he defeated snooker star Tony "Tornado" Drago 10-8.

Before this event Fulcher was No. 46 in the season rankings. His previous best showings were two 17th place finishes.

This was definitely a tournament filled with upsets. Dejan Dubovic from Austria and Francesco Diaz from Spain came from nowhere to share third place.

Austria's Jasmin Ouschan continues to impress. This time she came 17th, losing to Nick van der Berg (Netherlands) in the first round of the single cup. That's the best finish ever by a woman in Euro Tour.

The tournament was played 4-7 October at Island Billiards in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. In total 183 players took part. It was the sixth and penultimate event of the season. The last stop is in Spain (Dec 6-9).

With this victory Fulcher leaps from 46th to 11th in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Drago jumps all the way from 38th to 7th.

Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) is the new leader after passing Thomas Engert (Germany). Imran Majid (England) stays in third place.

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