Brent Laing, Craig Savill, Richard Hart and Glenn Howard celebrate after winning the 2008 Players' Championship (Photo Credit: Anil Mungal).

Glenn Howard routs Kevin Martin to win 2008 Players’ Championship

April 20, 2008, 11:00 AM

ST. JOHN’S — Glenn Howard earned his third career Players’ Championship title with a 7-1 rout over Kevin Martin in Sunday’s men’s final.

Howard, who also captured the Masters in January, broke a 1-1 tie with single steal in the fourth end and continued to roll out on the steal train swiping three points in the sixth end and two in the seventh.

The Coldwater, Ont., rink featuring Howard, third Richard Hart, second Brent Laing and lead Craig Savill finished the season finale event with an unblemished 6-0 record to earn $25,000.

The win also qualified Team Howard, the 2007 world champions, for a spot in the 2009 Canadian Olympic Trials.

It’s Howard’s first Players’ Championship title as a skip after winning twice while playing third with his brother Russ. For Laing it’s his third straight Grand Slam of the season after also winning the National as a sub on Team Martin for second Marc Kennedy.

The two teams split the four Grand Slam of Curling events this year with Martin winning the Canadian Open and National titles in December. The Edmonton team’s bid to sweep the series came to end with a loss to Howard in the quarterfinals of the Masters.

Earlier Sunday, Amber Holland of Kronau, Sask., earned her first career Grand Slam title defeating Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, Ont., 6-4 during the women’s final.