Brad Gushue (St. John's) defeated Hayato Sato (Sapporo, Japan) 7-1 in Sunday's final at the Karuizawa Ice Park in Japan.
Gushue with Mark Nichols at third, E.J. Harnden and Geoff Walker on the front end take home the 800,000yen first place cheque along with 26.250 world ranking points, while Sato receives 400,000yen and 19.250 world ranking points for their second place finish.
Starting with hammer, Gushue blanked the first 2 ends, then got on the board scoring 1 in the third end. Gushue added a steal of 2 in the fourth end, then forced Sato to a single in the fifth end to lead 3-1. Gushue scored in the sixth end scoring 2. then added a steal of 2 in the seventh end for handshakes and the 7-1 win.
Gushue improved to 25 wins and 8 losses on the season, going undefeated through the weekend for their second title of the season. Gushue won the Pan-Continental Curling Championships in November, securing Canada's berth into the World Curling Championships in April.
Sato as skip throwing third stones with Go Aoki throwing the last stones and Koki Ogiwara and Kazushi Niino on the front end even their record at 24-24 with fhirst 4-1 record on the weekend. Sato and Gushue met once previously, where Gushue won 9-4 at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic in Cornwall.
Niklas Edin (Karlstad, SWE) to the bronze medal game earlier on Sunday over Yusuke Morozumi (Kariuzawa, Japan). Edin scored 3 in the third end, later scoring 3 more in the fifth end, and adding a steal of 2 in the sixth end for the 9-3 win.
In the semifinals, Gushue defeated Edin 6-4 and Sato defeated Morozumi 5-2.
Gushue finished 3-0 in the 8-team pools qualifying round. In their opening game, Gushue defeated Soo-Hyuk Kim (Gyeongbuk, Korea) 6-2, then won 9-2 against Kohsuke Hirata (Kitami, Japan) and 7-4 against Morozumi in their final qualifying round match.