By Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports

Glenn Howard began his title defence at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling with a 4-3 win over Wayne Middaugh in the marquee match up of the opening draw on Wednesday night in Windsor, Ont.

Curling on CBC

CBC and will air the World Cup of Curling quarter-finals live on Nov. 6 starting at 3 p.m. ET.

The semifinals will be on and CBC Bold starting at 7 p.m. ET.

On Nov. 7, the final will be live on CBC and at 1 p.m. ET.

For CBC’s full curling schedule, go here.

Howard, from Coldwater, Ont., scored one with the hammer in the eighth and final end to earn the victory over Middaugh, who’s from Toronto.

Howard won the inaugural World Cup last year, and he also captured the title the previous three years when the tournament was known as The Masters of Curling.

The $100,000 event, which has attracted 18 teams from around the world, is the first leg of the men’s Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series. It’s also the first major international curling event of the season.

In other Draw 1 action:

  • Reigning Brier and world champion Kevin Koe of Edmonton was upset by Jake Higgs of Harriston, Ont., 6-5 in an extra end.
  • Olympic silver medallist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway defeated Bob Ursel of Kelowna, B.C., 6-5.
  • Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen trounced Scotland’s David Murdoch 7-2 in six ends.
  • Sweden’s Niklas Edin edged Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 7-6 in an extra end.
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