The time that we all have been waiting for has finally arrived as the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals begins tonight! The entire Rodeo Round Up team is in place to bring you even more expanded coverage than you have seen in previous years along with the same timely round by round recaps and rider interviews that you expect to see throughout the weekend’s events here in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are all excited about what is in store for each and every one of you, as fans of both the Rodeo Round-Up and the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series.
Although the World Finals are just beginning, the PBR has been in town all week giving many cowboys not in the top 35 in the world a chance at competing here this weekend. Beginning last Saturday the PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour World Finals took place across town at the South Point Hotel and Casino. The action was jam-packed that included some major moments in PBR history with 3-time PRCA Bull Riding World Champion Sage Kimzey winning the event, giving him an invitation to compete at this year’s Built Ford Tough Series World Finals.
Jess Lockwood Strikes First With The Round One Win
Photo Credit: Rokin’ K Photos / Jeana Wilson-Kilcrease
As the doors opened and the exciting atmosphere that had been surrounding today outside made its way inside of the beautiful T-Mobile Arena it signified the beginning of the end of the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series season. The 2017 PBR World Finals was set to begin as round one kicked off with a pen of bovine athletes that have given the top 35 bull riders in the world standings hell all season long. Tonight’s round one we would feature those bucking bulls that are part of the ABBI Classic division, and throughout the season the cowboys could not get a handle on them but looked to change that statistic here tonight!
As round one began, nearly 40 bull riders would come into this World Finals event chasing a world title of their own or an event win, either way, EVERY one of the cowboys here this week had something to work towards. That being said, tonight 13 qualified rides were made with three of the top five in the world standings making qualified rides of their own. After everything was said and done, it would be Jess Lockwood who would come out ahead of the rest of the field after earning a round one win earlier tonight. He was able to put up a 90.25 point ride aboard Ravenscroft/Vos/Boyd-Floyd’s Big Dutch to head into tomorrow night’s second round as the man on top of the leaderboard!
Complete List Of Round One Qualified Rides Listed Below:
Jess Lockwood (90.25) Fabiano Vieira (88.00)
Derek Kolbaba (87.75) Dakota Buttar (87.75)
Silvano Alves (87.50) Sage Kimzey (87.00)
J.B. Mauney (86.75) Jose Vitor Leme (86.00)
Gage Gay (85.75) Guilherme Marchi (85.50)
Cooper Davis (85.25) Stetson Lawrence (84.00)
Marco Eguchi (81.75)
The World Title Race Is Still Very Much Up For Grabs
This year’s world title race is a close as we have ever seen it throughout the history of the Professional Bull Riders organization and every one of the top five guys in the world know they have a chance on leaving Las Vegas as the 2017 PBR World Champion. Earlier this week, many of these same cowboys risked injuries to try and earn any extra world title race points that they could while competing at the Velocity Tour World Finals. After the last bull bucked it would be Jess Lockwood that you make the biggest move of the week while the top five still separated by a mere 492.50 points.
After tonight’s round one where four of the top ten were able to make qualified rides, the world title race is still the center of attention here in Las Vegas. Everyone knows that the world title race will come down to the last bull being bucked on Sunday afternoon. Although this is the center of attention, there are still two other titles up for grabs as the season winds down. The Rookie of the Year title race, as well as the World Champion Bucking Bull titles, are also up for grabs which should make for a very entertaining week here in Las Vegas!
Now that the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals has a round underneath its belt means that the Rodeo Round Up’s team coverage ramps up the power to bring you even more exciting options. Remember to visit our friends at the Fans Of The PBR – Behind The Chutes to get signed up to play the free World Finals Fantasy League to earn some great prizes and bragging rights. Along with that, tune into the Rodeo Round Up each day at 10 A.M. CST for our Rodeo Round Up LIVE daily pre-show that will feature special guests, fantasy league updates, round recaps and previews and chances to win some fun prizes just by tuning in each day during the 2017 PBR World Finals!
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