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The Kevin Martin rink poses with the championship trophy for the 2014 Players’ Championship at Eastlink Arena in Summerside on Sunday evening. From left: Ben Hebert, lead; Dave Nedohin, second stone; Jules Owchar, coach; Marc Kennedy, third stone, and Martin.
SUMMERSIDE – Kevin Martin went out in style.
The 47-year-old Martin, who announced on Friday night that he is retiring from curling and will join Rogers Sportsnet as an analyst next season, won the season-ending Players’ Championship at Eastlink Arena on Sunday evening.
Martin, who won the final 4-3, had to draw to the button on his final shot to limit Brad Jacobs to a steal of one.
Martin, third stone Marc Kennedy, second stone Dave Nedohin and lead Ben Hebert took home $73,500 from the Players’ Championship, the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam of Curling. The breakdown of Martin’s purse is as follows: $19,000 first-place prize; $4,500 for three round-robin wins ($1,500 each) and a $50,000 bonus for being the men’s points’ leader for the Grand Slam.
Jacobs, the Olympic gold-medallist, took home $16,500. His breakdown is $12,000 for the runner-up and $4,500 for three round-robin wins. Jacobs did not take home any bonus money.
The difference in the game was Martin’s ability to score a pair of deuces with the hammer in the second and fourth ends while limiting Jacobs to single points in the third, seventh and eighth ends.
Earlier Sunday, Jennifer Jones defeated Rachel Homan 5-2 in the women’s final.