Brad Gushue completes undefeated run with Tour Challenge title

Brier champion Brad Gushue downed Steffen Walstad of Norway 9-1 on Sunday in Regina to win the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge.

Gushue, of St. John’s,┬ástarted hot with a deuce in the first end and three points in the second en route to a 5-0 lead.

Gushue, who went undefeated at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, added back-to-back deuces in the fifth and sixth ends, prompting handshakes from both sides to end the match.

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Walstad scored his lone point in the third.

Gushue defeated Brad Jacobs in Saturday’s semifinal while Walstad earned his spot in the final with a victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin.

On the women’s side, Edmonton’s Val Sweeting defended her Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge title with a 6-5 comeback win over Anna Hasselborg of Sweden.

Sweeting trailed 5-2 after five ends, but scored three in the sixth to tie the match.

After a scoreless seventh, Sweeting drew one in the eighth with the hammer for the victory.

Sweeting’s rink has put together 13 wins in a row at the tournament dating back to last season’s Tour Challenge run.

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