The 20th Anniversary PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals gets underway in Las Vegas this weekend, and defending two-time world champion Silvano Alves – who calls Decatur home – is looking for a third consecutive title.
Alves made history last year when he became the first World Champion to win back-to-back titles. In order to add a third title to his credit, he’ll have to hold off No. 2 J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., who trails him by only 538.5 points.
Other Wise County residents among the 39 qualifying riders include Decatur resident Marco Eguchi, at No. 4. He is two spots ahead of fellow Brazilian Eduardo Aparecido, who also lives in Decatur.
2004 World Champion Mike Lee of Decatur is two spots behind at No. 8.
Fellow Brazilians Emilio Resende, Fabiano Viera and Valdiron de Oliveira rank at No. 13, 14 and 15, respectively.
2010 world champion Renato Nunes goes into the finals ranked at No. 23
Australian Ben Jones of Boyd stands at No. 27, while Brant Atwood of Decatur, sneaks in at No. 32.
Offering a total purse of $2.3 million, the 2013 PBR World Finals includes a $1 million bonus to the World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion belt buckle.
Bull-riding action begins today and continues through Sunday at the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The World Finals consist of six rounds of competition.
Scores from the first five rounds will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
The rider with the most Built Ford Tough Series points accumulated during the regular season and the World Finals will be crowned the winner.
With a potential 5,500 points available at the World Finals, mathematically anyone in the top 14 has the opportunity to win.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast all five days of the World Finals. Rounds 1 through 4 will air live at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will air at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information on the World Finals, visit www.worldfinals.pbr.com.