Middaugh defeats Peters to win 2002 Players’ Championship

March 3, 2002, 8:00 PM

STRATHROY, Ont. — Wayne Middaugh, from Midland, Ont., defeated Winnipeg’s Vic Peters 6-4 to successfully defend the season-ending Players’ Championship title.

It’s the fourth time in six seasons the rink of Middaugh, Graeme McCarrel, Ian Tetley and Scott Bailey have captured the Players’ Championship. The team earned $37,000 to finish the year on top with $135,300. Middaugh also won the Canadian Open title, the first leg of the Grand Slam of Curling series.

Middaugh trailed 3-1 after giving up steals in the first and fourth ends but grabbed the lead with a runback to score three in the sixth.

Peters’ third Mark Olson’s takeout attempt in the ninth came up light and Middaugh capitalized to set up the decisive deuce.

Middaugh edged Olympic silver medallist Kevin Martin from Edmonton 9-8 in the extra end during the semifinals.