Koe wins Play­ers’ Cham­pi­onship


Cal­gary’s Kevin Koe main­tained his per­fect record en route to cap­tur­ing the Play­ers’ Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day while Jen­nifer Jones of Winnipeg failed to de­fend her ti­tle on the women’s side.

Koe beat Swe­den’s Nik­las Edin 6-2 for the men’s ti­tle in the af­ter­noon be­fore Jones fell 7-2 to Amer­i­can Jamie Sin­clair in the evening.

It is the fifth curl­ing Grand Slam ti­tle of Koe’s career. Edin won the world cham­pi­onship in Las Vegas one week ago.

The Koe rink fin­ished the tour­na­ment with an un­tar­nished 8-0 record.

Koe opened the scor­ing with the ham­mer, con­vert­ing on a dou­ble take­out to score two points in the sec­ond end.

The reign­ing world cham­pion cut the lead in half by draw­ing one in the third end.

Af­ter back-and-forth sin­gles in the fourth and fifth, Koe’s rink stretched the lead by tak­ing out Edin’s counter and scor­ing a deuce.

Edin looked to score in the sev­enth end, but jammed and con­ceded a sin­gle.

Jones, who was the lone women’s skip with­out a loss at the tour­na­ment, fell in a hole against Sin­clair and couldn’t re­cover.

Sin­clair got on the board in the sec­ond end af­ter Jones jammed on a dou­ble-take­out at­tempt and gave up a point.

Jones con­ceded an­other two points af­ter miss­ing back-to-back raises and fail­ing to wipe Sin­clair’s stones in the third.

Sin­clair added an­other point in the fourth end to ex­tend the lead to 4-0. Jones scored in the fifth end and added an­other point in the sixth, but never got any closer.

Sin­clair’s rink be­came the first Amer­i­can team to cap­ture a Grand Slam ti­tle.

The Play­ers’ Cham­pi­onship is the penul­ti­mate event of the Grand Slam curl­ing season.

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