Brewster beats Murdoch to Karuizawa title as Muirhead takes bronze
Scottish champion Tom Brewster exerted his dominance over former team-mate David Murdoch after beating him to the Karuizawa International title in Japan.
Team Brewster beat Olympic silver medallist Murdoch's rink 5-4 to claim the Scottish Championship in February, meaning they represented their nation at this year's European Championships.
And they got the better of Murdoch once again with a narrow 4-3 win in Japan, completing a six-match winning run on Brewster's debut at the tournament.
Murdoch's rink had taken the crown last year, but Brewster – playing with Glen Muirhead, Ross Paterson and Hammy McMillan – scored two in the final end of the final to take the match and the title.
"We have had a great time here in Japan and the result just tops it off. The team has played great all week," he said.
"Since the Europeans we have been working on a number of things and it's great to see all that effort has paid off."
Paterson who plays second for Team Brewster echoed his skip's sentiment: "It is a great bounce back after the disappointment of the Europeans and delighted to go into the new year on a high note."
In the women's competition Team Muirhead, skipped by Eve, alongside Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, took third.
As in the recent European Championships, Muirhead and her rink won all their pool game, but fell to Sweden in the semi-final before beating Russia's Team Sidorova 5-3 in the bronze medal play-off.