The inaugural Masters tournament was held in Gander, N.L., in January 2002, the first season of the Grand Slam of Curling series. Saskatchewan’s Bruce Korte skipped his team to their first and only Grand Slam title defeating Jeff Stoughton in the final.
Brent Laing, Glenn Howard and Craig Savill have won the tournament a record six times including four in a row (with Richard Hart) from 2006 to 2009.
Team Howard’s “drive for five” consecutive Masters titles came to an halt during the 2010 semifinals with a 6-4 loss to Stoughton. Mike McEwen defeated Stoughton in the final to capture his first career Grand Slam title.
Calgary’s Kevin Koe had been a finalist at the tournament on three consecutive occasions and finally clinched the title in 2012 with a 7-5 win over Jim Cotter to also earn his first GSOC title as a skip. That year also saw the addition of a women’s division to the tournament. Ottawa’s Rachel Homan ran the table with a perfect 8-0 record to win the championship and her team successfully defended the title the following year.
The 2014 Masters saw Edmonton’s Val Sweeting overcome the sudden departure of third Andrea Crawford on the eve of the event to capture her first career Grand Slam title with super spare Cathy Overton-Clapham as vice skip. Brad Gushue claimed his second career Grand Slam title, and first since 2010, with an 8-6 win over Mike McEwen in the men’s final, although it was McEwen’s sizzling shot to score four in the sixth end that stole the show and went viral online as the shot of the year.
McEwen came out on top in the 2015 event defeating Cotter for the men’s title. Homan won her third Masters title in four seasons with a win over Sweeting in the women’s final.
Our 2016 WFG Masters had not one but two first-time GSOC winners. Team Edin stole in an extra end to stun Team Jacobs for the men’s title. Team Flaxey battled out of the tiebreaker stage and completed the miracle run upsetting defending champ Team Homan on the women’s side.
The Rogers Grand Slam Cup is awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that have accumulated the most bonus points over the course of the season. Points are distributed at the Masters as per below:
1st place: 12 points
2nd place: 9 points
3rd & 4th place: 7 points
5th – 8th place: 5 points
1 point per win for all other teams
For up-to-date standings and more information on the Rogers Grand Slam Cup, click here.