The final leg of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling comes this week in Saskatoon (CAN), with the fourth edition of the Humpty’s Champions Cup, with 15 teams each for men and women. The finalists in the six seasonal tournaments:
● Elite 10: Brad Gushue (CAN) d. Reid Carruthers (CAN)
● Masters: John Epping (CAN) d. Kevin Koe (CAN)
● Tour Challenge: Brad Jacobs (CAN) d. Brendan Bottcher (CAN)
● National: Ross Paterson (SCO) d. Bruce Mouat (SCO)
● Canadian Open: Brendan Bottcher (CAN) d. John Epping (CAN)
● Players: Brendan Bottcher (CAN) d. Kevin Koe (CAN)
● Elite 10: Anna Hasselborg (SWE) d. Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI)
● Masters: Anna Hasselborg (SWE) d. Rachel Homan (CAN)
● Tour Challenge: Rachel Homan (CAN) d. Tracy Fleury (CAN)
● National: Rachel Homan d. Kerri Einarson (CAN)
● Canadian Open: Rachel Homan (CAN) d. Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI)
● Players: Kerri Einarson (CAN) d. Anna Hasselborg (SWE)
In the short history of the Champions Cup, Carruthers, Jacobs and Gushue have won the men’s titles and after Jennifer Jones won in 2016, Homan won the last two years.
The hottest teams coming in are Canada’s Bottcher and Homan, but the stakes are big, with $125,000 in prize money for each division, and $40,000 for the winners.
Both the men’s and women’s classes will be split into three pools, with the top eight teams – regardless of pool – advancing to the quarterfinals.
Some of the teams are compromised by players who are at the WCF World Mixed Doubles Championships, including John Shuster of the U.S. and Anna Hasselborg of Sweden. They have been replaced, and in Hasselborg’s case, by talented Scottish skip Eve Muirhead!
Look for results here.