In the PBR’s most fiercely contested title race, the 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood rose to the top of the leaderboard to win the 2019 PBR World Finals title becoming the youngest two-time champion in the sport’s history.
“It will take a while for this one to sink in,” Lockwood said. “You work your whole life to become a world champion. Now I get to have my name next to guys like Justin McBride and Chris Shivers. It’s what you dream about. To have it become a reality is that much sweeter.”
The most ferociously contested World Championship race capped a season-long slug-fest between the world’s Top 3 riders and came down to the final three outs but a come-from-behind surge propelled Lockwood to finish 852.51 points in front of No. 2 Jose Vitor Leme.
Throughout the five-day event, Lockwood, Leme and Chase Outlaw went toe-to-toe, ride-for-ride.
In the end, Lockwood earned the gold buckle and $1 million bonus for the second time in his career. He is now sixth in all-time money earners in the PBR, a mere four years into his career as well as one one of only six multi-time PBR World Champions, and one of only five athletes to win the prestigious World Finals event title and World Championship in the same season.
Congratulations to the 22-year-old Montana cowboy!
2019 PBR World Finals Standings (Top 3):
- Jess Lockwood with 8,495.00 points and $1,873,731.80 in total winnings
- Jose Vitor Leme with 7,642.49 points and $642,516.12 in total winnings
- Chase Outlaw with 5,788.33 points and $559,545.68 in total winnings