Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., at the 2016 WFG Masters in Okotoks, Alta. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Brad Jacobs advances to playoffs at WFG Masters

October 28, 2016, 5:15 PM

OKOTOKS, Alta. — Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is through to the playoffs with a 3-1 record at the WFG Masters.

Jacobs took down Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 7-5 in a shooting gallery match during Draw 11 action Friday afternoon.

The teams traded treys in the second half with Bottcher making a beauty double takeout to score three in the fifth and pull ahead 4-3.

His lead was brief, however, as Jacobs countered with an amazing shot for a three count of his own in six.

Bottcher looked to blank in seven, but nosed his last to stick around for a single and Jacobs tapped back a counter to sit shot with the last rock of the game to secure the victory.

Bottcher struggled early looking to score a deuce in the first but his final rock overcurled on his runback and bumped back his own stone to concede one. He bounced back to tie it in two but his last in three just glanced off Jacobs’s lone stone in the house. Jacobs then promoted one of his guards in with a soft tap back to count two.

Team Bottcher has been eliminated with a 1-3 record.

John Morris and his Vernon, B.C., team went out on a high note picking up a 7-5 victory over Scotland’s Kyle Smith. Both teams are done with identical 1-3 records.

Toronto’s John Epping advanced with a 3-1 record by trumping American John Shuster 8-2 in just five ends. Shuster is heading home at 0-4.

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In women’s division action, Allison Flaxey of Caledon, Ont., took down reigning Canadian champ Chelsea Carey of Calgary 8-3. Both teams are sticking around for now as they hold 2-2 records and await the conclusion of the round-robin portion to determine playoffs and possibly tiebreakers.

Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg went perfect through the round-robin at 4-0 picking up an 8-5 victory over Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

Hasselborg scored four in the sixth end, stole one in seven and ran Tirinzoni (2-1) out of rocks in eight.

NOTES: The WFG Masters is the first of seven events on the 2016-17 Pinty’s GSOC schedule. … The event is also the first of four majors in the series alongside the Boost National, Meridian Canadian Open and WestJet Players’ Championship. … The WFG Masters runs through to Sunday at Pason Centennial Arena with action continuing Friday at 4 p.m. MT on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW.