COLUMBUS, Ohio - Riding Cooper Tires How We Roll (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 89.25 points in the Built Ford Tough Short Round, Emilio Resende is the leader after the first day of action at the Professional Bull Riders Cooper Tires Invitational at Nationwide Arena.
Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Nationwide Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Resende, who won the short round, has 174.50 points, and leads J.B. Mauney and Mike Lee by one point. Cody Nance is in fourth place with 171.25 points. Mauney finished second in the short round with 88 points on Sucker Punch (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Lee and Nance tied for third with 86.50 points on Magic Man (Hebert Bucking Bulls) and Cleo's Pet (Dakota Rodeo/ Berger/Struve), respectively.
Jory Markiss won Round 1 with 88 points on
Slip Clutch (Roy Carter Bucking Bulls), while Lee
finished second with 87 points on Modified Clyde
(Flying S Bucking Bulls).
Emilio Resende takes the early lead with an 89.25-point effort in Round 2.
Each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride in Round 3 on Saturday. Following Round 3, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will each compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all four rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
Columbus is the last regular season BFTS stop, and the final opportunity for riders to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted championship buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event on the planet, the World Finals has a total purse of over $2 million.
The first 27 events have produced 19 different winners. J.B. Mauney has the most wins with four, while Silvano Alves, Guilherme Marchi, Austin Meier, Robson Palermo, and Fabiano Vieira have two wins apiece. Mauney posted three of his four wins in the first 12 events before breaking his hand.
NBC will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in HD at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 14. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play. Color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Dirt-level interviews will be handled by Marty Snider.
Columbus is the 28th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened in January with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28, 2012.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough
Cooper Tires Invitational
Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Total Points)
1. Emilio Resende, 85.25-89.25-174.50 points.
2. J.B. Mauney, 85.50-88-173.50 points.
Mike Lee, 87-86.50-173.50 points.
4. Cody Nance, 84.75-86.50-171.25 points.
5. Jory Markiss, 88-0-88.00 points.
6. Harve Stewart, 86.50-0-86.50 points.
7. Guilherme Marchi, 86.25-0-86.25 points.
8. Jared Farley, 85.50-0-85.50 points.
9. Brendon Clark, 84.75-0-84.75 points.
10. Jordan Hupp, 84.25-0-84.25 points.
11. Marco Eguchi, 83-dnq-83.00 points.
12. Aaron Roy, 82.50-dnq-82.50 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 82.50-dnq-82.50 points.
14. Austin Meier, 81.25-dnq-81.25 points.
David Kennedy, 81.25-dnq-81.25 points.
16. Ty Pozzobon, 80.75-dnq-80.75 points.
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-dnq-0 points.
Ben Jones, 0-dnq-0 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-dnq-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-dnq-0 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-dnq-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-dnq-0 points.
Kody Lostroh, 0-dnq-0 points.
Kyle Lozier, 0-dnq-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-dnq-0 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 0-dnq-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-dnq-0 points.
Paulo Lima, 0-dnq-0 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-dnq-0 points.
Robson Palermo, 0-dnq-0 points.
Rubens Barbosa, 0-dnq-0 points.
Shane Proctor, 0-dnq-0 points.
Silvano Alves, 0-dnq-0 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-dnq-0 points.
Zack Brown, 0-dnq-0 points.
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