Brad Jacobs wins 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario won the 2019 Grand Slam of Curling Tier 1 Tour Challenge event from Westville Road, Nova Scotia on Sunday. It was Jacobs’s fifth grand slam title on the World Curling Tour, as he also won the 2015 Players’ Championship from Toronto, Ontario; the 2016 National from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the 2017 Humpty’s Champions Cup from Calgary, Alberta and the 2018 Tour Challenge from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

In the 2019 Tour Challenge event, Jacobs went through Pool C with a record of three wins and one loss. His only defeat in the event came on Wednesday when he was beaten 9-4 by Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton, Alberta. Jacobs’s pool wins were a 6-3 victory over Jason Gunnlaugson of Winnipeg, Manitoba; a 6-3 win over Yannick Schwaller of Switzerland and a 7-2 win over Matt Dunstone of Regina, Saskatchewan. Dunstone won the first grand slam title of 2019-20 when he won the Masters in October at the North Bay Memorial Gardens in Ontario.

In the playoffs at Westville Road, Jacobs beat Glenn Howard of Tiny, Ontario 7-5 in the quarterfinals, got revenge against Bottcher in the semifinals with a 7-3 win and then beat 2006 Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland 6-4 in the final. Jacobs won his Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 


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