2019 WCF Golf Croquet World Championship
July 27 – August 4, Sussex, England, UK
For complete scores see the croquetscores.com listing for the tournament.
ROTHMAN WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
August 4, 2019, Southwick, England
Ben Rothman has become the first American to win a WCF world championship title, by winning the 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship. He won the final 7-5, 2-7, 3-7, 7-6, 7-5 over former world #1 Mohamed Karem (EGY).
Rothman took advantage of a shaky start by Karem to control game 1 from start to finish. The next two games were a different story, Karem finding form and Rothman fading to allow Karem to take a 2 games to 1 lead. When Karem reached 6-3 in game 4 the match seemed to be all but decided. Rothman made an extraordinary comeback to win the game 7-6 to force the decider.
The final game was a thriller, with many reversals of fortune, and tied 5-all through 10 hoops. Rothman was onside near hoop 11 and had a trivial shot for tight position. Karem opted to take position with his nearer ball, banking on one big shot to take control of the match. But the 12-yard clearance shot missed, giving Rothman a 6-5 lead and a ball near hoop 12. Rothman kept Karem on the defensive, finally scoring the match-winning point from excellent position.
Having won the British Open singles (AC) in 2016, Rothman has now won two of the most coveted titles in the croquet world, and can fairly lay claim to the mantle of greatest US player ever.
BREAKING: Ben Rothman reaches World Championship final
August 3, 2019, Southwick, England
Ben Rothman, USA’s top-ranked Golf Croquet player, has come back from 0-2 games down to win his semi-final against Josh Freeth (NZ), 2-7, 3-7, 7-3, 7-5, 7-5. Rothman, the silver medalist at the 2009 WCF AC World Championship, now has a chance to earn gold. His opponent in the final will be Mohamed Karem (EGY), 7-5, 7-4, 6-7, 7-3 winner today over 2015 silver medalist Hamy Erian.
The entire match will be live-streamed on the Croquet England channel on YouTube. The match is scheduled to start at 11:00 (five hours ahead of EDT).