Gushue’s title at the Canadian Open comes on the heels of a win at the Masters of Curling in Selkirk, Man., last month. Gushue now has three career Grand Slam championships.
Sunday’s victory in Yorkton came down to a clutch shot in the eighth and final end. With Laycock lying three, Gushue made a double takeout with his first shot. The Saskatchewan skip then froze his last stone to a rock lying in the four-foot.
Rather than go for the risky takeout, Gushue elected to shoot for two points, shaving his last stone past a Laycock rock for second shot and the two points.
“I’ve won a couple Slams, I’ve won some World Curling Tour events and obviously the Olympics and the (Canadian Olympic) Trials but the excitement after that last shot, with the exception of probably the Trials, that was probably the most excited I’ve gotten after a curling shot,” Gushue told Sportsnet.ca. “It just didn’t feel like we deserved a win, but we had a shot to win and it was a really, really tough shot and to pull it off and for the guys to sweep it in as perfectly as they did, wow, it was pretty cool.”
In between the two Grand Slam events, Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker went 3-3 at the Canada Cup of curling in Camrose, Alta. last weekend.
Nichols, of course, is a long-time Gushue third, but left the team to curl a couple of years with Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton. The Labrador City native rejoined Gushue and Co. over the summer.
“Just give him the chance to win you the game and that’s what we said to each other at the end of the seventh end: let’s give Brad a shot to win, no matter how hard it is, I like our chances,” Nichols told Sportsnet. “That’s the hardest shot I’ve ever seen this year and to draw to the side of the sheet to the side of the button that we hadn’t played on all game, I don’t want anyone other than Brad throwing that shot.”
Gushue has now reached the final of four of the past six Grand Slams.