Markiss entered the finals as the fourth seed, then hung onto Tapout long enough to score 86 points for a total of 167. After jumping off his bull, a very happy Markiss hurled his hat almost halfway across the arena.
“I’ve been on that bull before,” Markiss said of Tapout. “I got on him in New York, Madison Square Garden, and he made pretty short work of me. So I was really excited when I found out I had that bull.”
Mauney went 24th in the preliminaries but came off King David after 6.43 seconds. With only six riders scoring in the preliminaries, Mauney had to wait through 16 riders to see if his 6.43 seconds would get him in.
“I always explain it like it’s dancing,” Mauney said. “They make a move, and you have to follow them. They’re going to do what they want to do. It doesn’t matter where you’re at on them.”
Mauney ended up as the 10th seed, with three riders hanging on longer but not scoring. The last rider to draw for his bull in the finals, Mauney had to ride Shepherd Hills Tested, hanging onto the violently bucking bull just long enough to score 90.5 points.
It was Mauney’s 54th time scoring 90 points or more at a PBR event.
“I’ve been on him before,” Mauney said of Shepherd Hills Tested.
“That bull, he’s so big and strong, you have to stay kind of out over the front end.”
None of the other qualifiers to the finals stayed on their bulls long enough to score. Thad Newell, a native of Haskell, came in fourth after scoring 83 points riding Redneck in the preliminaries.
Lane Lasley scored 82.5 points riding Head Liner in the preliminaries and took fifth. Robson Aragao, another rider to ride twice in the preliminaries, scored 79 points riding Roy Rogers and came in sixth.