By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood won the first event of the season on Sunday. The Volborg, Montana native won the PBR Unleash The Beast’s Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden presented by Ariat.
Lockwood has won this event for the second-time in his career. He is the third Bull Rider to win this event more than once. J.B. Mauney, who is considered the best Bull Rider ever, won the event in 2007, 2009, and was tied for the win in 2014.
Valdiron de Oliveira won at The Garden in 2008 and 2011.
“I was confident coming in (to last season), but there were times when I didn’t want to ride bulls at all,” Lockwood said. “I was pretty disappointed in myself. After the season, I thought to myself, ‘If you’re going to do this, do it right.’ This sport is just too gosh-darn dangerous to do it any other way.”
Lockwood began Sunday with an 85-point performance on Dream Catcher to begin Round 3. He then ridden Prayer Warrior to a 91.75-point performance.
He ended the event at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” with 895 points. He had an event-high 351.50 score. With the win, he received an $118,350 check and is now the No. 1 ranked rider in the world.
Lockwood beat out Claudio Montanha Jr., who finished second in the event. Montanha Jr. had an event aggregate of 344.25 and 405 overall points overall.
Cannon Cravens was the third-place finisher. He had an event aggregate of 264.00 and 325 overall points.
Alisson De Souza was the fourth-place finisher. He had an event aggregate of 340.00 and 245 overall points.
Matt Triplett rounded out the Top 5. He had an event aggregate of 261.50 and 225 overall points.
Behind Lockwood and Montanha Jr., Jose Vitor Leme is the World No. 3 Bull Rider after the first event of the season.
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