Just a quick wrap up this morning as I pack my bags. Justin Felisko and the team have posted heaps of content over at PBR.com over the past 24 hours, so check out all the in-depth championship articles over there!
2019 PBR World Finals – Championship Sunday Review
Lawson Nobbs was the loan Aussie to get a score in Round 5. Nobbs took on Ain’t Easy Being Me (D&H Cattle/Craig Moore) and made a nice bull ride into his hand for 87.25 points. Nobbs finished his first PBR World Finals 1-for-3 after coming in as an alternate on Friday night. The Moura bull rider would end the year as the No. 46 ranked rider.
Cliff Richardson bucked off Jaywalker (Torres Brothers Bucking Bulls) in the final long round, but his rides earlier in the week earned him a spot in the Championship Round. Richardson’s aggregate total of 175.25 was good enough to finish 15th in the event, but he would ride in the 13th slot after injuries forced the withdrawal of several riders.
Bucking Bull of the Year contender Smooth Wreck would be Richardson’s opponent, and he needed a 45.25-point performance to dislodge the Gresford cowboy mid-ride. The 28-year-old finished the year ranked 33rd in the world.
Brady Fielder finished the weekend 0-for-5, but this won’t be his last PBR World Finals. On the final day, Fielder rode Gambini (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) for 78-points and took the option of a re-ride. His second opponent was Smooth Over (Hart Cattle / GT Bucking Bulls) who claimed a quick victory after Fielder was forced to touch down shortly after he called for the gate. The Clermont Rookie finished the 2019 season ranked No. 35.
Jess Lockwood was simply outstanding this week. What a performance. He went 5-for-6 to take the World Finals event win and ran down Jose Vitor Leme to claim his second PBR World Championship.
Dalton Kasel held off a fast-finishing first-year class to become the 2019 Rookie of the Year despite going 1-for-5 at the Finals.
Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) produced a career-best bull score of 47 points on Championship Sunday to clinch the 2019 World Championship.
Chad Berger became a 9x PBR Stock Contractor of the Year.
Check back tomorrow for this week’s PBR Rundown, and I will commence my full coverage of the PBR Australia Grand Finals when I arrive back in Australia on tomorrow.