Fearsome foursome

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

In the same way Tiger Woods has become the PGA, Randy Ferbey has become Alberta curling.

Now, nobody's suggesting Ferbey is the Tiger of curling - Wayne Middaugh claimed that title back at the 2001 Brier in Ottawa.

Thing is, Tiger doesn't win every weekend. It seems Ferbey does.

His rink has won $123,041 - the only team in the world to rake in more than a hundred grand this season.

All the money in the world, though, won't guarantee Ferbey and pals will be standing in the Alberta winner's circle for an unbelievable sixth straight time this Sunday.

"Every day you have two wins is a good day," said Dave Nedohin, after the Ferbey Four won both of their games in the opening round of the Kia Cup at the Saville Centre yesterday.

"Win a couple more and we're in the playoffs."

This team has lost just one provincial game in its five-year run and has now won 36 straight.

"It's kinda almost ridiculous," said Nedohin. "Our time will come. Maybe it will be (today), maybe it'll be Friday.

"Then we can start a new streak - one in a row."

Whoever wins the Pool A battle of undefeateds (2-0) between Ferbey and Calgary's Steve Petryk at 10 a.m. grabs the inside track to first in the lightning-quick five-game round robin.

Ferbey then faces Mark Johnson in the night draw. Johnson is also 2-0 out of the gate.

"To go through a field like this undefeated would be quite something," said Nedohin.

"We have a bit of a fire in our bellies after the Trials. We got ourselves real geared up for this."

Getting in a couple of wins before facing Ferbey sure beats the alternative, suggested Petryk.

"Our goal was to win the first two and that way take some pressure off (today)," said Petryk.

"You have to think you can beat them," said Petryk. "It's got to be."

In Pool B, Kevin Martin and John Morris are the only undefeated teams. Martin's third Don Walchuk overcame a lingering stomach problem to finish the day at 89%.

He was at overnight emergency at the Olympic Trials in Halifax. He had a six-day stay in an Edmonton hospital after the Trials, 18 hours after the Canadian Open and another overnight stay in emergency earlier this week when the team returned home from winning the Canada Cup.

"It never really seemed to clear up," said Walchuk. "Some days are good, some are bad. I'm taking medications now. I'm tender, but I can still play.

"I've been in a lot of pain. It was quite bad. the first go-round. I'm just trying to deal with the fact I can't eat eight pieces of pizza at two in the morning. I was doing pretty good. It seems like whenever we went on the road, eating out all the time ... it hadn't healed yet and I'd get my attacks when we came back off the road."

Still, Walchuk carried the day for the Martin crew.

"I think I only had one tough shot," said Martin. "Donnie cleared off the rest."


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