Walla Walla native wows crowd, places 7th at PBR World Finals

The 24-year-old earned his second-largest PBR paycheck to date

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Walla Walla’s Derek Kolbaba rode his way to a large payday over the weekend in the 2020 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast.

The 24-year-old earned 150 points and $85,500, his second-largest purse so far at a PBR event, according to his rider profile on the Professional Bull Riders website.

On the first night of the competition at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Kolbaba won Round 1 with an electrifying 92.75-point ride on Boogie Bomb.

“This is the pinnacle right here,” Kolbaba said after taking 1st place. “I’ve just been fired up all week.”

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Kolbaba placed seventh overall at the event. Boudreaux Campbell won the World Finals event title and Rookie of the Year award.

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points):

  1. Boudreaux Campbell, 88-89.25-90-0-90.75-358.00-710 Points
  2. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-91-90-0-93.75-274.75-485 Points
  3. Marco Eguchi, 0-88.75-83.25-84.75-91-347.75-445.5 Points
  4. Cole Melancon, 0-88.75-0-88.5-92.25-269.50-265 Points
  5. Eduardo Aparecido, 91.5-89-0-87.5-0-268.00-246.5 Points
  6. Jose Vitor Leme, 87.5-83.25-95.75-0-0-266.50-231.5 Points
  7. Derek Kolbaba, 92.75-0-90.75-0-0-183.50-150 Points
  8. Cody Teel, 87.5-88.25-88.5-0-0-264.25-130 Points
  9. Cooper Davis, 82.75-0-87.75-89.25-0-259.75-117 Points
  10. Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-91-0-91.00-100 Points

Jose Vitor Leme clinched the 2020 PBR World Championship with a career-best ride in Round 3, scoring 95.75 points on Woopaa — the highest-scoring ride of the 2020 Finals and fourth-highest ever at the Finals.

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Kolbaba placed third in the 2018 PBR World Finals, earning 845 points and $158,000.