Rachel Homan wins 2023 Masters

Rachel Homan (Akytaraba, Wikmedia Commons)

Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Ontario won the 2023 Masters title on Sunday, in the third Grand Slam of Curling event of the season. In the final, Team Homan beat a curling team based out of Switzerland, skipped by Silvana Tirinzoni, 8-4, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

This was Homan’s fourth Masters title as she previously won in 2013, 2014 and 2016. It was her 14th Grand Slam of Curling event overall, as she also won two Tour Challenges (2019 and 2023), two National titles (2016 and 2019), two Canadian Opens (2016 and 2019), and four Champions Cups (2017, 2018, 2021 and 2023).

The only Grand Slam of Curling event Homan has never won is the Players’ Championship. Ironically that is the event she has curled at the most among all grand slam events as she has been there 12 times. Homan’s best result there has been reaching the final thrice (lost to Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, Manitoba 7-5 in 2011 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, lost to Jones again in the final 5-2 in 2014 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and then to Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Manitoba in the final 5-2 in 2021 in Calgary, Alberta). Jones won the gold medal in women’s curling at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In Saskatoon this past week, Homan had a record six wins and one loss. She won Pool D with a record of three wins and one loss (beat Clancy Grandy of Vancouver, British Columbia 6-1, Tirizoni 7-3, and Anna Hasselborg of Sweden 7-5 before losing to Eun-jung Kim of South Korea 8-6). In the quarterfinals, Homan beat Isabelle Wrana of Sweden 8-3, and then Jones in the semifinals 8-4.

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