Glenn Howard defeated Kevin Koe 6-4 to win the World Cup of Curling. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Glenn Howard defeats Kevin Koe to win World Cup of Curling

October 25, 2009, 3:03 PM

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Different name, same result.

Glenn Howard faced Kevin Koe for the third consecutive year in the final of event now known as the World Cup of Curling.

And for the fourth straight year, Howard walked away from the Grand Slam event as the champion.

Howard, of Coldwater, Ont., defeated Koe 6-4 Sunday capture his 10th career Grand Slam title.

It was Koe, of Edmonton, who jumped on the board first by stealing two points in the opening frame after Howard’s draw attempt to the button with his last shot rolled heavy.

Trailing 3-1 through three ends, Howard drew even with a deuce in the fourth. A beautiful triple takeout for a single in the sixth gave Koe a 4-3 advantage with two ends to play.

The momentum shifted in the seventh as Howard scored another deuce to grab his first lead of the game 5-4. Koe held the hammer coming home but couldn’t pull off a tricky angle raise and Howard tacked on a single steal to stymie his opponent once again.

The team of Howard, Richard Hart, Brent Laing and Craig Savill collected $24,000 by finishing the tournament with an unblemished 9-0 record.

Koe now holds a 0-6 record as a skip in Grand Slam finals.

Previously known as the Masters, the World Cup of Curling served as a tune-up for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics featuring five of the top Canadian squads plus nine teams from countries set to compete in the Vancouver Games.

It was the first Grand Slam of Curling event held in the Greater Toronto Area.

In women’s division action, Great Britain’s Eve Muirhead won the Three Nations Cup posting a 3-1 record in the four-team, round-robin tournament against reigning world champion Bingyu Wang of China, and the Canadian teams skipped by Stefanie Lawton and 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink.