After winning the Players' Championship Sunday, Glenn Howard says he can't wait to take on the Olympic trials at the end of this year. But the Ontario skip says he'll take a summer break from curling first.
Glenn Howard capped the curling season in style Sunday by hitting a clutch double takeout with his final shot to win the Players' Championship at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.He also let the stacked field know that he just might be the skip to beat at the Olympic trials later this year.Howard, from Coldwater, Ont., scored two in the final end for a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg's Mike McEwen in the final Grand Slam event of the season. Howard won all seven of his games against a field that included top domestic and international competition.``We're as good as anybody right now,'' Howard said. ``I can't wait to get out to those trials in December and see if we can let the old guys keep playing.''The 50-year-old skip and teammates Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill have been strong again this season after an excellent 2012 campaign. Howard won the Tim Hortons Brier last year and followed it up with his fourth world title.He owns top spot on the World Curling Tour's Order of Merit and took the bronze at the recent national playdowns. Winning the last Grand Slam event on his final shot was a nice way to head into the summer.``This is a big event, this is 15 of the best teams in the world and we just won it,'' Howard said. ``So it doesn't get any better. This is harder to win than the Brier, this is harder to win than the worlds as far as I'm concerned because you've got all the best teams here.``So to win it, you're pumped.''Howard and McEwen both seemed content to chip away throughout the game with neither skip able to generate much offence. McEwen was light with his final throw in the last end, giving Howard the chance to go for two instead of a single that would have forced an extra end.``Only one team gets to win their last game and that happens to be us this year,'' Laing said. ``So yeah, it's awesome.''Earlier, Scotland's Eve Muirhead defeated Margaretha Sigfridsson 8-5 in the women's final for her first career Grand Slam title. The win came just a few weeks after Muirhead beat the Swedish skip in the gold-medal game at the world championship in Latvia.