Format for the Tour Challenge

Tour Challenge rings

The Tour Challenge features the largest field in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series with a total of 60 teams split into two tiers.

Tier 1: 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams. Both divisions are divided into three pools of five teams each for round-robin play. The top eight teams qualify for the single-elimination playoffs. Tiebreakers may be required to determine final playoff spots.

The winners of the Tier 1 event receive invitations to 2018 Humpty’s Champions Cup, which is the final tournament of the season and showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.

Tier 2: 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams. Both divisions are divided into three pools of five teams each for round-robin play. Tiebreakers may be required to determine final playoff spots.

The winners of the Tier 2 event receive invitations to the 2017 Masters in Lloydminster, SK.

Pre-game draw-to-the-button shootout: Each player on the team will execute the pre-game draw-to-the-button shootout once during the four-game round-robin. All of the pre-game draws will count towards a team total. The total distance of the four shootouts will be used to rank the teams that have completed the round-robin with the same record. Should a team register all zeros for the four draws, an extra draw must be executed by the player who delivered the draw in the last round-robin game without sweepers.

Five-rock rule: All Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling games utilize the five-rock free-guard zone. Rocks sitting in the free-guard zone (outside the house from the tee line to the nearest hog line) cannot be removed from play until five rocks have been thrown.