Jess Lockwood visits with his grandfather Sonny

Jess Lockwood, pictured in April at his family's ranch near Volborg, moved to No. 2 in the PBR world standings with his Built Ford Tough Series-leading fourth event victory of the season Sunday in Austin, Texas.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

AUSTIN, Texas — Nineteen-year-old Montana bull riding star Jess Lockwood added another win to his impressive 2017 season on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Lockwood, of Volborg, captured the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic at the Frank Erwin Center after going 3-for-3 at the event. The win was spurred by a 90-point ride aboard More Big Bucks to win the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series championship round. 

Lockwood opened with a ride of 90.25 points, then scored an 84 before his championship-round 90. 

The PBR Media Guide states, "rides of 90 points or higher are considered outstanding."

The clutch ride gave Lockwood a BFTS-leading fourth event victory. He earned 600 world points and pocketed $39,265.

The 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year is now No. 2 in the world standings. He started the weekend fourth, but now trails leader Kaique Pacheco by just 85 points.

Lockwood won round one with a 90.25-point ride aboard Luke, recording his second ride in his last four outs. Lockwood earned 100 world standings points and $3,580 for the first-round win. 

The effort came one week after Lockwood injured his lower back during the 15/15 Bucking Battle while attempting to ride SweetPro's Bruiser in Springfield, Missouri. The back injury caused Lockwood to miss "Championship Sunday" in Springfield.

SweetPro's Bruiser was named the YETI "Built for the Wild" Bull of the Event after tallying a career-high 47.25 point bull score when Lockwood was bucked. It was the sixth time this season the bull was named the event's top bull. 

After winning round one in Austin while riding with the lower-back strain, Lockwood told Justin Felisko: "When you are in the race for a world title, you have to cowboy up. There is no sense sitting at home."

Lockwood started this year with a bang, winning the first event title of the season and the first major on the schedule at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at Madison Square Garden Jan. 8. Three weekends later, he was victorious in Sacramento when he turned in a 90-point ride aboard BC Circular Insanity to win the championship round of the BFTS Frontier Communications Sacramento Clash on Jan. 29. He also won in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 13, when Lockwood rode Find Jesus for 89.25 points in the championship round to cap a 3-for-3 performance in the opening event of the second half of the season.

Overall, Lockwood has five career wins on the PBR BFTS circuit. The first BFTS win for Lockwood was in Billings at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in 2016, where he netted $40,000. 

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