Sunday, January 14, 2018

2016 PBR WORLD CHAMPION COOPER DAVIS WINS CHICAGO INVITATIONAL

 In front of a record-setting crowd at Allstate Arena, 2016 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) won the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Series’ Chicago Invitational Sunday afternoon, capped by his first 90-point ride of the season.
In Round 2, the 23-year-old rode Uncle Tink (Phenom Genetics/JCL Bucking Bulls/Waller Brothers Cattle Co.) for 83.5 points to enter the Championship Round tied for second overall with Claudio Montanha Jr. (Ribeirão Dos Indios, Brazil).
With the second selection in the draft, Davis chose Catfish John (Dakota Rodeo - Chad Berger / Clay Struve / Miller), a bull with whom he has rich history.
At the 2016 PBR World Finals, the Texan covered the Chad Berger bovine athlete for 91 points during the fifth round, propelling him to the World Champion title. One year later, Davis and Catfish John met again, this time Davis riding the bull for 89.5 points to help push Team USA to the title at the inaugural Global Cup in November 2017.
In the second event of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Series season, Davis extended his perfect streak aboard the bull, now 4-for-4, making the 8 for 91.25 points to win the Championship Round and event title. 
For the win, Davis earned $38,265 and 580 world points, catapulting him to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings. He now leads Gage Gay (Staley, North Carolina) by 80 points.
In second was Montanha Jr. who earned $15,650 and 330 world points for the runner-up effort.
Montanha Jr. began the Sunday afternoon event second in Round 2, riding Kookaburra (High View Cattle Co/Wallgren Bull Co.) for 86.5 points.
The last man out in the Championship Round, the 28-year-old Brazilian covered Cut The Cord (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for 87.25 points.
With two Top 10 finishes to begin the 2018 season, he is now ranked No. 3 in the world, 190 points behind Davis.
Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil) was third after logging qualified rides aboard Locke & Loaded (High View Cattle Co/Wallgren Bull Co.), 85.5 points, and Shownuff (Henry Wilson/Wallgren Bull Co.), 88.25 points, in the final two rounds of the event.
Taking home a paycheck for $11,250 and 235 world points, Barbosa will head to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the third event of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Series’ 2018 campaign the No. 5 ranked rider in the world.
After bucking off in Round 1, Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) was perfect Sunday afternoon to finish fourth in his first event on the elite tour for the 2018 season.
Eldred tied for fourth in Round 2 after he was marked 86 points for reaching the 8 aboard Mr. Jim (Blake Sharp / Sharp Farm & Cattle / Rio Rojo Cattle Co, LLC).
In the Championship Round, the second-year Oklahoma rider was the first to record a qualified ride, covering Losing My Religion (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for 89.5 points.
Now ranked No. 15 in the world, Eldred netted $10,075 and 160 world points.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Valdiron de Oliveira (Piranhas, Brazil), who is now a perfect 7-for-7 to begin the season.
The last of four riders to be perfect in Chicago, the 38-year-old first rode Overstreet (Blake Sharp / Sharp Farm & Cattle) for 81.25 points, before making the whistle on Twinkle Toes (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) in the Championship Round for 75.5 points.
Slipping to No. 3 in the world, Olivieria collected $4,816.67 and 148.3 world points for his second consecutive Top 5 finish.
Pearl Harbor (Dakota Rodeo / Chad Berger / Clay Struve / H&C Bucking Bulls) was named the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event after dispatching Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) at the 5.29-second mark in the Championship Round. He earned a bull score of 46 points.
Fans will be able to watch the action in its entirety at PBR.com/ondemand. Action from Round 2 and the Championship Round can be seen starting at 8:00 a.m. ET on Monday, January 15.
The 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Series next travels to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Express Employment Professional Invitational. The event will be on Saturday, January 20 at 6:45 p.m. CT and Sunday, January 21 at 1:45pm CT.   
Professional Bull Riders – 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Series
Chicago Invitational
Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3- Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Cooper Davis, 87.25-83.5-91.25-262.00-580 Points.
2. Claudio Montanha Jr., 84.25-86.5-87.25-258.00-330 Points.
3. Dener Barbosa, 83.75-85.5-88.25-257.50-235 Points.
4. Brennon Eldred, 0-86-89.5-175.50-160 Points.
5. Valdiron de Oliveira, 86-81.25-75.5-242.75-148.33 Points.
6. Guilherme Marchi, 86-0-87.5-173.50-113.33 Points.
7. Dakota Buttar, 86.75-86-0-172.75-105 Points.
(tie). Jess Lockwood, 0-87.5-0-87.50-105 Points.
9. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87.25-0-0-87.25-85 Points.
10. Derek Kolbaba, 0-86.25-0-86.25-55 Points.
11. Jordan Hansen, 86-0-0-86.00-33.33 Points.
12. Cody Nance, 85.75-81.5-0-167.25-20 Points.
13. Fabiano Vieira, 0-85.75-0-85.75-15 Points.
14. Cody Campbell, 80.25-83.75-0-164.00-10 Points.
(tie). Silvano Alves, 85-81.5-0-166.50-10 Points.
16. Ramon de Lima, 85.5-67-0-152.50-5 Points.
17. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 85-0-0-85.00
18. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-84.25-0-84.25
19. Stetson Lawrence, 0-84-0-84.00
(tie). Mason Lowe, 84-0-0-84.00
21. Jose Vitor Leme, 0-83-0-83.00
(tie). Emilio Resende, 83-0-0-83.00
23. Cody Teel, 81.25-0-0-81.25
24. Eduardo Aparecido, 77.5-0-0-77.50
25. Alex Marcilio, 64.75-0-0-64.75
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Brock Radford, 0-0-0-0.00
Troy Wilkinson, 0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0.00
Francisco Morales, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-0-0-0.00

2018 Professional Bull Riders World Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)
1. Cooper Davis, 4, 1, 3, 780.00, $103,484.14
2. Gage Gay, 3, 1, 1, 700.00, $109,425.50
3. Claudio Montanha Jr., 7, 0, 4, 590.00, $36,765.00
4. Valdiron de Oliveira, 6, 0, 3, 511.66, $21,766.67
5. Dener Barbosa, 8, 1, 4, 485.00, $22,300.00
6. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 5, 0, 1, 340.00, $29,528.11
7. Eduardo Aparecido, 4, 0, 2, 338.33, $24,411.66
8. Kaique Pacheco, 5, 1, 1, 275.00, $23,311.66
9. J.B. Mauney, 3, 0, 1, 210.00, $13,100.00
10. Cody Campbell, 6, 1, 1, 198.33, $15,565.00
11. Brady Oleson, 6, 1, 3, 180.00, $18,100.63
12. Dakota Buttar, 4, 0, 0, 172.50, $14,959.30
13. Aaron Kleier, 6, 2, 3, 170.00, $15,077.97
14. Jess Lockwood, 3, 0, 0, 165.00, $10,630.00
15. Brennon Eldred, 2, 0, 1, 160.00, $56,243.54
15. Lucas Divino, 4, 2, 2, 160.00, $10,325.81
15. Chase Robbins, 6, 0, 3, 160.00, $24,397.61
18. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 6, 1, 4, 145.83, $18,645.81
19. Jose Vitor Leme, 6, 1, 3, 140.00, $25,174.58
20. Ryan Dirteater, 2, 0, 0, 135.00, $10,500.00
21. Luciano De Castro, 3, 0, 0, 130.00, $5,308.50
21. Lindomar Lino, 6, 1, 2, 130.00, $9,603.54
23. Guilherme Marchi, 3, 0, 0, 128.33, $14,728.33
24. Edgar Durazo, 2, 1, 1, 120.00, $12,350.59
24. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 8, 1, 1, 120.00, $20,686.07
26. Cody Teel, 6, 0, 1, 107.50, $54,545.95
27. Bailey Woodard, 5, 1, 3, 105.00, $6,087.18
28. Rubens Barbosa, 9, 0, 3, 100.00, $19,054.61
29. Tye Chandler, 9, 1, 3, 97.50, $8,891.09
30. Lonnie West, 9, 2, 2, 90.00, $39,299.75
30. Lawson Nobbs, 6, 0, 2, 90.00, $5,740.72
32. Fraser Babbington, 5, 0, 2, 80.00, $5,339.35
32. Cody Heffernan, 4, 1, 1, 80.00, $5,692.24
32. Sean Willingham, 4, 1, 1, 80.00, $7,000.00
32. Fernando Henrique Novais, 3, 1, 1, 80.00, $3,393.79
32. Bruno Scaranello, 2, 0, 2, 80.00, $3,255.46
32. Garret Lange, 4, 1, 1, 80.00, $6,475.00
38. Flavio Vinicius da Silva, 2, 1, 2, 75.00, $2,488.47
39. Derek Kolbaba, 6, 0, 1, 70.00, $57,374.32
39. Kurt Shephard, 8, 0, 2, 70.00, $14,386.82
41. Michael Smith, 5, 0, 3, 62.50, $4,994.39
42. Stetson Lawrence, 4, 0, 1, 50.00, $6,296.78
42. Lachlan Richardson, 7, 0, 2, 50.00, $16,788.19
42. Sonny Schafferius, 5, 0, 1, 50.00, $8,761.78
42. Cliff Richardson, 6, 0, 1, 50.00, $12,860.07

PEARL HARBOR DEBUTS WITH 46 POINTS

Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Invitational this weekend at Allstate Arena.
Pearl Harbor debuts with 46 points against Derek Kolbaba
Chad Berger said prior to the Chicago Invitational that he doesn’t plan on doing anything different in 2018 to try and push Pearl Harbor past reigning World Champion SweetPro’s Bruiser.
The plan is simply to let Pearl Harbor be Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor debuted in style in Chicago.
Pearl Harbor won a battle of 2017 runner-ups on Sunday afternoon by dislodging Derek Kolbaba in 5.29 seconds during the championship round.
The 6-year-old bovine superstar began to fade with Kolbaba and demonstrated the same kind of athleticism and power that pushed him into the World Champion Bull race last year.
“Shoot, he felt really good to be honest,” Kolbaba said. “He was kind of working my hand out from the word go. He is a pretty big bull with a lot of power. It dang sure won’t be the last time I pick him. That is for sure. He is one you can be a lot of points on, but you have to do everything right too. Today we let him put a little more power on me then I was able to hang on to I guess.”
Kolbaba said he had no intentions of even picking Pearl Harbor with the 11thpick until he stepped onto the back of the shark cage and didn’t’ see anything else that he wanted to get on.
Berger was certainly pleased to see Kolbaba attempt Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor is the first bull to be scored 46 points or higher through the first two events of the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast Series.
“I was real happy,” Berger said. “He hadn’t been bucked since Edmonton. I think my bulls were a notch off and when we come to Oklahoma City and California I think you will see even better. I was real happy with my short-round bulls, but Pearl Harbor was awesome.”
Davis rides Catfish John for fourth consecutive time to earn event win
Cooper Davis may already be married and have a family, but if his relationship with Catfish John continues to go the way it is, Cooper’s wife, Kaitlyn, may need to watch out.
Davis rode Catfish John 91.5 points during the championship round on Sunday to cap off his 3-for-3 event victory.
The 23-year-old is a perfect 4-for-4 on the back of Catfish John, including 91 points to win the 2016 World Championship at the PBR World Finals.
“He bucked harder that time than I think he ever bucked with me,” Davis said. “He’s had a break and it has done that bull some good.”
Davis last rode Catfish John for 89.5 points to help lead Team USA to victory at the Global Cup in Edmonton.
“Each time I know I can’t stub my toe on him,” Davis added. “Just like today. If any given thing would have went wrong, he could have bucked me off. It was a classic Hail Mary, make it looker harder than it was on accident type of deal. Him and I just click.”
Kaitlyn joked with Chad Berger that her and Cooper want to buy Catfish John after the event on Sunday.
“When we retire him maybe we will put him down at Cooper’s place and let him hang out,” Berger said.
All kidding aside, Davis is now the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world after earning 580 world points in Chicago.
Davis leads No. 2 Gage Gay, who is facing the possibility of right knee surgery, by 80 points, heading into next weekend’s Express Employment Professionals Invitational.
“It is early for me, but if we can get it started like this and the second half goes the way it normally does we will be alright,” Davis said.
Davis almost did not pick Catfish John with the second pick of the championship-round draft.
The Jasper, Texas, cowboy was debating selecting Cut the Cord over Catfish John – calling it a coin flip – before Claudio Montanha Jr. picked Cut the Cord with the first pick of the championship-round draft.
Montanha Jr. rode Cut the Cord for 87.5 points on the last ride of the night, but it wasn’t enough to knock Davis out of the top spot in the event average.
Davis and Montanha were two of four riders to go a perfect 3-for-3 in Chicago.
Dener Barbosa rode Shownuff for 88.25 points in the championship round to finish third overall (235 world points), while Valdiron de Oliveira turned down a re-ride option after riding Twinkle Toes for 75.5 points. Oliveira finished fifth overall with 148.33 world points and did get helped to sports medicine after Twinkle Toes stepped on him.
Brennon Eldred placed fourth overall (160 world points) after riding Losing My Religion for 89.5 points in the championship round.
“I have been wanting to get on that one for a long time,” Eldred said. “My good friends raised him. Dennis and Jan Owens and Sam Wyatt. I have always teased them that I would ride him and I am just having fun.”
Lockwood admits to riding too tight
2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood won Round 2 and 100 world points with an 87.5-point ride on Slip Out. Lockwood then bucked off Wicked Stick in 4.9 seconds during the championship round to finish the event 1-for-3.
“That one was just good,” Lockwood said. “I just had to go back to having fun. We went out last night and had a little fun. I had to remind myself this is a job, but you should have fun being here and doing it.”
Lockwood had originally said he was going to select Pearl Harbor with the ninth pick of the championship-round draft, but then clarified that he may not select the bull if there was a better option available.
Overall, the defending champion has had a slow start to the season (2-for-7).
The 20-year-old said he just needs to relax some and things will turn back around.
“I have just been kind of tight,” Lockwood said. “That is not needed. I need to loosen up.”
Injury Updates         
Jose Vitor Leme returned to competition after passing the PBR’s concussion protocol. Leme rode Air Bender for 83 points in Round 2, but failed to qualify for the championship round.
Dakota Buttar was in the lead on Sunday after riding Dream Catcher for 86 points, but Buttar was unable to compete in the championship round after sustaining a concussion and sprained neck during his get off.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Buttar is questionable for Oklahoma City.
Wallace de Oliveira also sustained a concussion after being bucked off byRam It in Round 2. He is questionable for Oklahoma City.
Troy Wilkinson missed the final day of the Chicago Invitational after bruising his lower back when he was bucked off by Breaking Bad (5.06 seconds) in Round 1. Wilkinson is probable for Oklahoma City.
Reese Cates was bucked off by High Roller in Round 2 and was competing with a laceration and contusion of his left elbow (free arm). Chicago was Cates final injury exemption and he will now return to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour after failing to pick up any world points.
World leader Gay tears right ACL/MCL (1-13-14)
Gage Gay’s season was turned upside down on Saturday night when the world leader’s right knee buckled underneath of him during his get-off attempting to ride Pit Bull in Round 1.
Gay had made the 8-second mark and tried to land on his feet following the buzzer, only to have his knee pop when he hit the ground.  
The world leader had to be carried to the PBR Sports Medicine room where he was diagnosed by Dr. Tandy Freeman with a torn right ACL and MCL. Gay will undergo an MRI this week to determine whether or not he needs surgery.
Gay will be facing a recovery time between 4.5 to 5 months if he indeed needs to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.
“I felt it pop and it stuck in the ground,” Gay said. “That bull was kind of cutting out on me and going pretty fast across there and it just stuck in the ground and my body kept going. I didn’t even want to try and get up as bad as it hurt.”
Gay, whose ride was disqualified as he was ruled to have left the bucking chute with his spurs in his bull rope, was coming off a 4-for-4 performance at the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast season-opener last week in New York.
Now the 23-year-old’s world title aspirations take a major step back as he faces the possibility of missing the remainder of the first half.
Freeman said that it isn’t uncommon for some bull riders to avoid surgery to repair a torn ACL.
However, the problem for Gay is that Freeman believes the 23-year-old has a significant MCL tear as well.
“Obviously some of the guys who tear their ACLS don’t get them fix,” Freeman said. “You can ride a bull fine without an ACL and with it taped or brace. It is harder to get away from them. The deal is he has a combined injury. It is not an isolated ACL tear. It is his ACL and MCL. It is a high grade, partial MCL tear. It is not a tweak.”
Freeman added that Gay’s MRI will also determine if Gay can avoid surgery. The the two will discuss what the best solution will be following the MRI.
“We have to look at the menisci because close to 50 percent of people that tear their ACLs tear their meniscus,” Freeman said. “Some meniscus tears are mechanically significant and are repairable, and if you lose a meniscus and you don’t reconstruct an ACL then you get post-traumatic arthritis really quickly. Five, 10, 5 years. So while an isolated ACL tear, or even an ACL with a partial MCL, we talk about the possibility of non-operative treatment, but if he has a meniscal tear that is significant that pushes him to really needing surgery.”
Oliveira capitalizes and gains ground in world title race
Gage Gay’s injury now turns the immediate focus of the 2018 World Championship race to 38-year-old Valdiron de Oliveira.
Oliveira, who unretired in November, sits second in the world standings and chipped away at Gay’s lead with his 86-point ride on Shelly’s Gangster.
The 10-time PBR World Finals qualifier split fourth place with Jordan Hansen (86 points on Slinger) and Guilherme Marchi (86 points on Nailed) and earned 28.33 points toward the world standings.
“I don’t want Gage hurt or have to stay a long time outside of bull riding,” Oliveira said. “I am very happy I am riding good right now. I need to stay on all of my bulls. My position is ok. Number 1. Number 2. Number 3. I don’t care. I just want to ride my bulls.”
Oliveira went 4-for-4 last week in New York and has begun the season with five consecutive rides.
This is Oliveira’s best start since beginning 2011 with nine consecutive rides. Oliveira finished that year runner-up in the World Championship race to Silvano Alves.
Oliveira trails the world No. 1 ranking by 308.34 points heading into Championship Sunday.
He is riding with a minor groin injury and has drawn Overstreet (0-0, Premier Series) for Round 2.
“I feel like I am riding good,” Oliveira concluded. “I feel my body is good now. My head is good.”
Vieira and Davis tie for Round 1 victory
2016 World Champion Cooper Davis had a close-call a week ago when Slinger Jr. stepped on the top of his back during the championship round of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
Davis was sore all week, but said before Round 1 that that he wouldn’t feel any pain as long as he rode his bull correctly.
“It is just a little bit of everything,” Davis said. “My knee. My ankle. Nothing really hurts. It is all just aggravated. If I go in front of my face with my free arm it hurts, but I shouldn’t do that anyways. If I do everything right, nothing should hurt.”
Davis sure looked fine once the gate opened in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,689.
The 23-year-old tied for the Round 1 victory with Joao Ricardo Vieira by riding Luke for 87.25 points.
It is the second consecutive week that Davis has begun the event with a round victory.
“My free arm is sore, but it still feels good,” Davis said. “That is a good little bull to have to test it out and get things started.”
The No. 5 bull rider in the world standings earned 80 world points and is 420 points behind Gay.
Davis will look to finish the job on Sunday after failing to convert last weekend in New York when he began the final day of competition leading the event average.
The Jasper, Texas, cowboy has drawn Uncle Tink (24-7, Premier Series) for Round 2.
Meanwhile, Vieira once again continued his early-season trend of converting aboard bulls he has previously been bucked off by.
Vieira tied with Davis for the round win by riding Maximum Risk for 87.25 points.
It was only a week ago that Maximum Risk bucked Vieira off in 6.42 seconds.
“I am so mad he bucked me off last week,” Vieira said. “I watched video this week and I saw I had him in the draw. I was happy. I said he will not buck me off again.”
Vieira said the primary adjustment he had to make was to make sure he kept his feet down. Maximum Risk quickly got Vieira’s feet jarred free in New York, causing Vieira to lose control.
“It was a fantastic ride,” Vieira said. “I like the revenge because I do not like bucking off. I get so angry when I go to my house. To come back today and ride my bull, I am so happy.”
It was the second week in a row that Vieira has come through with a successful rematch.
Vieira won the championship round in New York by riding Cochise for 90.75 points less than 48 hours after the Gene Owen/Jane Clark bull bucked him off in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
The No. 4 ranked bull rider earned 80 points toward the world standings and trails Gay by 365 points.
Vieira gets another rematch for Championship Sunday against Rocco.
The 33-year-old is 1-1 against Rocco (11-6, Premier Series). He rode him for 84.25 points last year in Chicago and was bucked off by Rocco in 7.86 at the 2016 PBR World Finals.
Injury Updates
Jose Vitor Leme wound up not competing on Saturday night after failing to pass the PBR’s concussion protocol. 
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CHICAGO – Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Invitational this weekend at Allstate Arena.
Pearl Harbor debuts with 46 points against Derek Kolbaba
Chad Berger said prior to the Chicago Invitational that he doesn’t plan on doing anything different in 2018 to try and push Pearl Harbor past reigning World Champion SweetPro’s Bruiser.
The plan is simply to let Pearl Harbor be Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor debuted in style in Chicago.
Pearl Harbor won a battle of 2017 runner-ups on Sunday afternoon by dislodging Derek Kolbaba in 5.29 seconds during the championship round.
The 6-year-old bovine superstar began to fade with Kolbaba and demonstrated the same kind of athleticism and power that pushed him into the World Champion Bull race last year.
“Shoot, he felt really good to be honest,” Kolbaba said. “He was kind of working my hand out from the word go. He is a pretty big bull with a lot of power. It dang sure won’t be the last time I pick him. That is for sure. He is one you can be a lot of points on, but you have to do everything right too. Today we let him put a little more power on me then I was able to hang on to I guess.”
Kolbaba said he had no intentions of even picking Pearl Harbor with the 11thpick until he stepped onto the back of the shark cage and didn’t’ see anything else that he wanted to get on.
Berger was certainly pleased to see Kolbaba attempt Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor is the first bull to be scored 46 points or higher through the first two events of the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast Series.
“I was real happy,” Berger said. “He hadn’t been bucked since Edmonton. I think my bulls were a notch off and when we come to Oklahoma City and California I think you will see even better. I was real happy with my short-round bulls, but Pearl Harbor was awesome.”
Davis rides Catfish John for fourth consecutive time to earn event win
Cooper Davis may already be married and have a family, but if his relationship with Catfish John continues to go the way it is, Cooper’s wife, Kaitlyn, may need to watch out.
Davis rode Catfish John 91.5 points during the championship round on Sunday to cap off his 3-for-3 event victory.
The 23-year-old is a perfect 4-for-4 on the back of Catfish John, including 91 points to win the 2016 World Championship at the PBR World Finals.
“He bucked harder that time than I think he ever bucked with me,” Davis said. “He’s had a break and it has done that bull some good.”
Davis last rode Catfish John for 89.5 points to help lead Team USA to victory at the Global Cup in Edmonton.
“Each time I know I can’t stub my toe on him,” Davis added. “Just like today. If any given thing would have went wrong, he could have bucked me off. It was a classic Hail Mary, make it looker harder than it was on accident type of deal. Him and I just click.”
Kaitlyn joked with Chad Berger that her and Cooper want to buy Catfish John after the event on Sunday.
“When we retire him maybe we will put him down at Cooper’s place and let him hang out,” Berger said.
All kidding aside, Davis is now the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world after earning 580 world points in Chicago.
Davis leads No. 2 Gage Gay, who is facing the possibility of right knee surgery, by 80 points, heading into next weekend’s Express Employment Professionals Invitational.
“It is early for me, but if we can get it started like this and the second half goes the way it normally does we will be alright,” Davis said.
Davis almost did not pick Catfish John with the second pick of the championship-round draft.
The Jasper, Texas, cowboy was debating selecting Cut the Cord over Catfish John – calling it a coin flip – before Claudio Montanha Jr. picked Cut the Cord with the first pick of the championship-round draft.
Montanha Jr. rode Cut the Cord for 87.5 points on the last ride of the night, but it wasn’t enough to knock Davis out of the top spot in the event average.
Davis and Montanha were two of four riders to go a perfect 3-for-3 in Chicago.
Dener Barbosa rode Shownuff for 88.25 points in the championship round to finish third overall (235 world points), while Valdiron de Oliveira turned down a re-ride option after riding Twinkle Toes for 75.5 points. Oliveira finished fifth overall with 148.33 world points and did get helped to sports medicine after Twinkle Toes stepped on him.
Brennon Eldred placed fourth overall (160 world points) after riding Losing My Religion for 89.5 points in the championship round.
“I have been wanting to get on that one for a long time,” Eldred said. “My good friends raised him. Dennis and Jan Owens and Sam Wyatt. I have always teased them that I would ride him and I am just having fun.”
Lockwood admits to riding too tight
2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood won Round 2 and 100 world points with an 87.5-point ride on Slip Out.  Lockwood then bucked off Wicked Stick in 4.9 seconds during the championship round to finish the event 1-for-3.
“That one was just good,” Lockwood said. “I just had to go back to having fun. We went out last night and had a little fun. I had to remind myself this is a job, but you should have fun being here and doing it.”
Lockwood had originally said he was going to select Pearl Harbor with the ninth pick of the championship-round draft, but then clarified that he may not select the bull if there was a better option available.
Overall, the defending champion has had a slow start to the season (2-for-7).
The 20-year-old said he just needs to relax some and things will turn back around.
“I have just been kind of tight,” Lockwood said. “That is not needed. I need to loosen up.”
Injury Updates         
Jose Vitor Leme returned to competition after passing the PBR’s concussion protocol. Leme rode Air Bender for 83 points in Round 2, but failed to qualify for the championship round.
Dakota Buttar was in the lead on Sunday after riding Dream Catcher for 86 points, but Buttar was unable to compete in the championship round after sustaining a concussion and sprained neck during his get off.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Buttar is questionable for Oklahoma City.
Wallace de Oliveira also sustained a concussion after being bucked off by Ram It in Round 2. He is questionable for Oklahoma City.
Troy Wilkinson missed the final day of the Chicago Invitational after bruising his lower back when he was bucked off by Breaking Bad (5.06 seconds) in Round 1. Wilkinson is probable for Oklahoma City.
Reese Cates was bucked off by High Roller in Round 2 and was competing with a laceration and contusion of his left elbow (free arm). Chicago was Cates final injury exemption and he will now return to the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour after failing to pick up any world points.