After an electric opening round of competition for the 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals: Unleash The Beast, the socially-distanced crowd inside AT&T Stadium was once again captivated on Friday evening for Round 2, as 16 of the world’s best bull riders recorded scores.
In the crowded Rookie of the Year battle, Cole Melancon , originally from Hull Daisetta now lives in Paris, Texas and Alex Cerqueira , Brazil both delivered qualified rides as the race amongst first-year professionals heated up. While Melancon remained No. 1, his lead was diminished, outscored by Cerqueira in the second round of competition. Competing in front of his home state crowd, Melancon tied for fifth, marked 88.75 points on Sugar Boom Boom , to earn 32.5 world points and $5,500. Cerqueira tied for third compliments of his 89-point effort on Secret Weapon netting 42.5 world points and $12,500. Melancon is now just 45 points ahead of No. 2-ranked rookie Cerqueira, after beginning Round 2 with a 55 point lead. In the broader PBR world standings, both riders gained ground compliments of their 8-second efforts. Melancon rose from No. 14 to No. 12, while Cerqueira climbed from No. 16 to No. 15. The top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping (headers and heelers), saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding – based on money won during the regular season including ProRodeo Tour events, the Justin Playoffs, and for many bull riders, PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour earnings – qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR. At the conclusion of the Wrangler NFR, the sport’s world champions are determined based on total season earnings – what they win during the Wrangler NFR added to what they won before the Wrangler NFR.