In the first Grand Slam of Curling event of the year, Bruce Mouat of Scotland defeated Brad Jacobs’ rink 7-5 in the Masters event final at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville on Sunday evening.
In the eighth end–with his team leading 5-4—the skip of the local foursome drew to the four-foot with his final shot but Mouat, already sitting three, blasted Jacobs’ rock and his shot rock out of the house, scoring three for the final result.
But the Sault Ste. Marie team’s undoing appeared to come in the seventh end as the locals possessed shot stone while laying one, a stone in the 12-foot, the game tied 4-4.
The skip’s final stone, moving left to right, came in hot and didn’t curl enough, glancing into Mouat’s rock in the eight-foot, both stones peeling out of the house.
“Curl, man. You’ve got to curl. You’ve got to go EJ,” Jacobs said to second E.J. Harnden, soon after he released his shot and slid across the hogline.
The Jacobs team also consist of lead Ryan Harnden and third Marc Kennedy.
Instead of two-point swing it was only one; Mouat holding the hammer for the eighth end and scoring three to win his third-straight GSOC title, winning the Champions Cup and the Princess Auto Players’ Championship in the Calgary bubble last season.
The Scottish foursome–composed of third Grant Hardie, second Bobby Lammie and lead Hammy McMillan Jr.–also possesses a 30-1 record in Oakville since forming in 2017.
The Jacobs rink compiled a 5-1 record in reaching the final beating Team Matsumura, Team Epping, Team Gunnlaugson, Team Koe and Team Gushue. Prior to the loss in the final, the locals lost 5-4 to Team Koe in the seventh draw of the event on Wednesday afternoon.
Mouat and his Scottish rink met Team Jacobs earlier this year, the 27-year-old skip from Stirling defeating the Jacobs rink 5-3 in the final of the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard in mid-September.
In the last six GSOC events the winning teams have come from an exclusive club as Team Jacobs and Team Mouat have won three each.
Jacobs won the Tour Challenge, the National and the Canadian Open, while Mouat won the next two, the Players Championship and the Champions Cup to close out last season in the Calgary culring bubble.
The next event on the GSOC tour calendar is the Boost National, running Nov. 2-7 in Chestermere, Alta.
Chestermere is located 19 kilometres east of Calgary.