Jess Lockwood

Montana bull rider Jess Lockwood scored 90.5 points aboard Rising Sun on Sunday in Chicago to claim the Professional Bull Riders' premier series win at Allstate Arena. 

CHICAGO — First, he scored a $118,350 win in New York.

Seven days later, the cowboy conquered Chicago.

Montana bull rider Jess Lockwood is having an incredible start to the 2019 Professional Bull Riders season.

The No. 1 ranked bull rider in the PBR claimed his second straight win to start the season on Sunday at the Chicago Invitational at Allstate Arena.

One week after claiming the Unleash The Beast Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden major championship, Lockwood carried the magic to the Windy City.

The 21-year-old from Volborg scored 90.5 points on Rising Sun on Sunday for the win.

“Gosh, I just feel so good right now,” Lockwood, who covered all three of his bulls in Chicago, said in a PBR press release. “I feel like I’m firing on all cylinders and I’m back to the form I was when I won the world title. But I also know it’s early in the season and there’s like 26 more events to go. I just have to take it one bull at a time, one event at a time and as long as I do my job I’ll continue to be successful.”

Lockwood won the PBR's world championship in 2017 and was the circuit's Rookie of the Year in 2016. Last year, Lockwood battled injuries and finished 12th in the final PBR world standings.

After the first two weekends of the season, Lockwood has now strung together eight successful rides and is 8-for-8 in 2019.  

The ride atop Rising Sun was the second time this season the cowboy topped the 90-point threshold. Last week at Madison Square Garden, Lockwood secured an 8-second ride on Prayer Warrior for 91.75 points.

On Saturday, Lockwood won round one of the Unleash the Beast event with an 88.5-point ride on Show Me Homie. In round two, Lockwood placed second, scoring 88 points while dancing with Deaconator.

Knowing he had to record an 87.75-point effort in order to pass event-leader Chase Outlaw entering his final ride on Sunday, Lockwood answered aboard Rising Sun. The bull and bull riders’ last meeting produced an 89.5-point ride during round five of the 2018 PBR World Finals, according to the PBR release.

Outlaw, who was 3-for-3 at the two-day event, finished second and defending event-winner Cooper Davis, who was also 3-for-3, was third. Matt Triplett of Kalispell did not place. Outlaw scored a 90.25-point ride in the championship round to briefly overtake Lockwood, who led the aggregate going into the final round.

Lockwood pocketed $41,280 in Chicago and 640 total event points. He registered a total rider score of 267. Lockwood now has a 987.5-point lead over Outlaw, who is second in the world standings.

Including the $4,500 Lockwood won at the 15/15 Bucking Battle Battle in New York, he has earned $164,130 this year. 

The victory came a week after Lockwood went 4-for-4 to win the major in New York City for a second time. He also placed second in the first 15/15 Bucking Battle of the Year in New York.

According to a tweet by Justin Felisko of the PBR, Lockwood is the first bull rider since JB Mauney in 2007 to capture the first two events of the regular season on the PBR's top-tier series. Felisko tweeted Mauney finished that year No. 3 in the world.

The next stop on the Unleash The Beast tour is in Glendale, Arizona, Jan. 19-20.

The PBR will return to Billings for the 23rd straight year April 12-14 at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. Lockwood earned his first elite-series win with the PBR in 2016 at Rimrock Auto Arena.

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