Howard defeats Martin to win 6th Masters title

November 3, 2013, 4:40 PM

Glenn Howard captured his record sixth career Masters title after defeating Kevin Martin 7-4 in Sunday’s final in Abbotsford, B.C.

Howard broke open a 2-2 tie in the fifth frame delivering a slashing shot to score four.

The Penetanguishene, Ont., based team of Howard, third Wayne Middaugh, second Brent Laing and lead Craig Savill ran the table at the tournament with a perfect 7-0 record and are heating up at just the right time with the Canadian Olympic trials taking place next month in Winnipeg.

Howard didn’t get off on the right foot as he couldn’t believe his final rock in the opening end wasn’t able to clear Martin’s stone out of the house and gave up a steal of one. He blanked the second end and nailed a perfect runback to score a deuce in the third.

With Howard sitting four stones in the fourth end, Martin drew his final rock through a narrow port and into the four-foot to tie it up.

After Howard’s four-score in the fifth to lead 6-2, Martin cut the deficit in half with a deuce in the sixth, but Howard cushioned his lead with another single in the seventh with a hit-and-stick final shot.

Howard has won six of the last eight Masters titles, including four in a row from 2006-09.

Howard and his team now aim to defend the Canadian Open title (Nov. 13-17 in Medicine Hat, Alta.) during the second leg of the Grand Slam circuit in his pursuit of the $1-million bonus if his rink sweeps all four events.