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.”
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):
- Boudreaux Campbell, 88-89.25-90-0-90.75-358.00-710 Points
- Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-91-90-0-93.75-274.75-485 Points
- Marco Eguchi, 0-88.75-83.25-84.75-91-347.75-445.5 Points
- Cole Melancon, 0-88.75-0-88.5-92.25-269.50-265 Points
- Eduardo Aparecido, 91.5-89-0-87.5-0-268.00-246.5 Points
- Jose Vitor Leme, 87.5-83.25-95.75-0-0-266.50-231.5 Points
- Derek Kolbaba, 92.75-0-90.75-0-0-183.50-150 Points
- Cody Teel, 87.5-88.25-88.5-0-0-264.25-130 Points
- Cooper Davis, 82.75-0-87.75-89.25-0-259.75-117 Points
- 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.
Kolbaba placed third in the 2018 PBR World Finals, earning 845 points and $158,000.