LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (KTRE) - Buna native Cooper Davis earned some bragging rights at the PBR 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals when he walked away with the world champion trophy Sunday.
Although Davis finished third at the World Finals, his point total for the year was high enough that he edged past former No. 1 bull rider Kaique Pacheo of Itatiba, Brazil and 2015 World Champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, North Carolina, according to an article on the pbr.cm website.
The Professional Bull Riders website stated that over last weekend, Davis, went 4-for-6 at the World Finals, meaning four of his six bull rides were eight seconds or longer. He won the fifth round of the World Finals with a 91-point ride on Catfish John Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena in in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to the website.
The pbr.com website stated that the battle to determine the 2016 PBR World Champion took five days and six rounds, and it came down to the final rides.
"It was Davis' first 90-point ride at a Word Finals, capping the closest championship points battle in PBR history," the website stated.
Davis, a 22-year-old father, became the 16th different rider to claim the PBR World Champion gold belt buckle and the $1 million prize, the website stated. He was the first PBR bull rider to be named champion at the T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the PBR World Finals.
He also finished third in the World Finals event, the website stated.
Ryan Dirteater, of Hulbert, Oklahoma won the 2016 PBR World Finals with an impressive 6-for-6 rides, which means he stayed on the bull long enough for a score on all six of his rides, the website stated. His best ride was an 89.76-point trip on Brutus, and he won $250,000 at the World Finals, the website stated.
Gilherme Marchi, of Itating, Brazil, finished second at the World Finals. The 2008 PBR World Champion had a 5-for-6 performance at the World Finals, and his best performance was an 87.5-point ride on board Red Rover, the web site.
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