Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill celebrate after winning the 2013 Players' Championship in Toronto (Photo Credit: Anil Mungal).

Howard edges McEwen to win 2013 Players’ Championship

April 21, 2013, 3:58 PM

TORONTO — Glenn Howard captured his fourth career Players’ Championship title after scoring a deuce in the eighth end to lift his rink to a 4-3 victory over Mike McEwen 4-3 in the final Sunday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

McEwen’s final shot was off by just a few inches and Howard nailed the double takeout.

Howard, from Coldwater, Ont., was on a roll during the tournament and ran the table with a perfect 7-0 record to earn $26,000.

“This was by far the biggest championship we won this season,” Howard said in a media release. “For us, it’s an outstanding feeling going into the summer with this finish — it can’t get any better.”

Team Howard, who also won the Canadian Open this season, finished first overall in the bonus standings to claim an additional $50,000. McEwen earned $30,000 for finishing second while National champion Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg took $20,000 for third place.

McEwen, who was also runner-up at the National, stole a point in the first to open the scoring and Howard knotted it up 1-1 with a single in the third.

Howard took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when McEwen attempted to score three but wrecked his final shot and gave up one. The Winnipeg rink bounced back in the sixth to square it 2-2.

Howard gave up a one-point lead in the seventh when he attempted to score two but couldn’t get his final rock past McEwen’s guards.

McEwen defeated Stoughton 5-2 in the semifinals while Howard edged Brier champion Brad Jacobs, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 6-4.

The loss for Jacobs also meant Toronto’s John Epping clinched the sixth and final direct spot for the Canadian Olympic trials. Jacobs will have to compete in the pre-trial tournament.