To say that the 2020 professional bull riding season, and for the entire western sports lifestyle, has been an absolute nightmare would be a true understatement. That being said, the Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast Tour has come up with some amazing ways to create some much-needed drama on the arena floor through it all. This year’s PBR World Finals will have a different feel as the event has made its way south to the great state of Texas, where the legendary AT&T Stadium will play host to the top 35 bull riders in the world, all competing for the 2020 PBR World Championship title that will be awarded on Sunday afternoon.
One thing that has not changed through it all is the dominance of one man who comes into this year’s world finals with an astounding 65.59% ride percentage, a whopping 17% difference from the number two man. Brazillian Jose Vitor Leme has been unstoppable as he looked to continue the chase to his first world championship title. He came into the spotlight during his fight to the finish World Finals performance with Jess Lockwood a couple of years ago and has been getting better and better each year. Could this be the year that he can hoist the trophy over his head and call himself a world champion? We will all be able to answer that question in just a few short days!
I’m Busted Claims Top Bull Score Honors In Round One
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The beginning of the 2020 PBR World Finals had a very different feel to it and the match-ups in tonight’s round one gave the top bull riders in the world all that they could handle. Usually, the World Finals consist of five nights/six rounds of action but this year that has decreased by one day and one round. What does that mean you ask? Well in year’s past the world champion bucking bull contenders showcase themselves in night number two and again on the last day on Championship Sunday. Along with the difference in round counts, that meant that these bovine athletes would make their first appearance during the first round on the first night of the 2020 PBR World Finals.
After the end of the regular season, the world championship bucking bull race was as close as we have ever seen it heading into the PBR World Finals performances. Chiseled came into tonight’s round one performance with a slim.03 lead, just ahead of multi-time contender Smooth Operator. All eyes were on the bucking bull race tonight and the bovine athletes did not disappoint. After all the dust settled and the scores were calculated, it would be Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve / Ken Barnhart’s I’m Busted who would take home the top bull score of round one with a 46.25 point score, thus, setting up a fantastic Championship Sunday performance that will determine who all will go home with the gold and the title of World Champion.
Derek Kolbaba Takes Victory In Round One
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As we talk about the world title races that we are all watching unfold before our very eyes this weekend, tonight would prove to be one of the hardest rounds that the top 35 bull riders in the world have seen yet this year. Even though the arena is different, the town and state are different and many of the seats were empty due to COVID restrictions, the show still went on and the cowboys gave all they could, putting on a great show to start off the 2020 PBR World Finals.
Once the lights came back up after the opening ceremonies were concluded, it was time to watch some of the greatest match-ups of the 2020 season begin. Round one began with the rankest pen of bucking bulls that are here this weekend which, in turn, allowed the tally of qualified ride totals to be fairly minimal as to what we expect to see throughout the rest of the weekend. Even though the rides were hard to come by most of the night, the ones that were made were done in spectacular fashion, leaving the fans in attendance able to watch a total of thirteen make it to the eight-second buzzer. The man that would stand tall and take the early world finals event lead would be Washington State’s Derek Kolbaba who would put up a round-winning score of 92.75 points aboard Bland Bucking Bulls / Cooper / Scruggs’ Boogie Bomb.
Complete List Of Qualified Rides In Round One
Derek Kolbaba (92.75)
Eduardo Aparecido (91.50)
Tye Chandler (89.50)
Mason Taylor (89.25)
Brock Radford (89.00)
Boudreaux Campbell (88.00)
Cody Teel (87.50)
Jose Vitor Leme (87.50)
Kaique Pacheco (87.00)
Silvano Alves (85.25)
Luciano De Castro (83.75)
Cooper Davis (82.75)
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