CANA­DIAN OPEN

Record-breaker for Ho­man

Ottawa Citizen - - FRONT PAGE -

Rachel Ho­man is on a roll.

The Ot­tawa skip picked up a record-break­ing 10th Grand Slam women’s ti­tle and her third in a row this sea­son with a 4-3 win over Switzer­land’s Sil­vana Tir­in­zoni in the fi­nal of the Cana­dian Open on Sun­day.

“It feels amaz­ing,” said Ho­man. “It was re­ally im­por­tant for us to do well here and we were able to ac­com­plish our goals. The team played so strong the whole way through and found a way to win.”

Ho­man’s squad will take home $30,000 of the $125,000 women’s purse.

In the men’s fi­nal, Ed­mon­ton’s Bren­dan Bottcher won his first ca­reer Grand Slam of Curl­ing ti­tle with a 6-3 vic­tory over Toronto’s John Ep­ping.

“It’s awe­some. We played great all week, and this is what we needed to set us up for the rest of the year,” said Bottcher.

“We’re curl­ing con­sis­tently well, and I think that’s the big dif­fer­ence this year. I’ve al­ways known our peak game could com­pete, but it feels like this year we’re just com­pet­ing on the av­er­age day, and that’s a good feel­ing.”

Bottcher, third Dar­ren Mould­ing, sec­ond Brad Thiessen and lead Kar­rick Martin col­lected $30,000 from the $250,000 com­bined purse plus a berth in the sea­son-end­ing Cham­pi­ons Cup.

Bottcher qual­i­fied through the A-side of the triple knock­out tour­na­ment with a 3-0 record and scored play­off wins Satur­day over Brad Ja­cobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., to reach their sec­ond Grand Slam of Curl­ing fi­nal this sea­son. Bottcher fin­ished run­ner-up to Ja­cobs at the Tour Chal­lenge in Novem­ber.

The Cana­dian Open is the only one of the seven Grand Slam of Curl­ing tour­na­ments to use a 16team triple knock­out pre­lim­i­nary for­mat — in­stead of round-robin pool play — where teams had to win three games be­fore they lost three in or­der to qual­ify for the play­offs.

MICHAEL BURNS/FILES

Skip Rachel Ho­man notched a 4-3 win over Switzer­land's Sil­vana Tir­in­zoni in the fi­nal of the Cana­dian Open on Sun­day.

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