Tanner Byrne wins Professional Bull Riders' 2016 Anaheim Invitational

January 31, 2016

Photo Credit: Hamid Latiff & PBR

Anaheim, Calif. -- Canadian Tanner Byrne captured his first career Built Ford Tough Series win during the Professional Bull Riders' 2016 Anaheim Invitational this weekend in front of more than 25,000 fans at the Honda Center.

Byrne, 23, went 4-for-4, sealing his victory with an 86.5-point effort on Doc Mosley to earn 570 points toward the PBR world standings. The win gave Byrne a huge boost in the standings, going from 33rd place to sixth overall.

Three-time PBR World Finals Champion Robson Palermo finished second in Anaheim, riding three of the four bulls he faced and winning the championship round with an 89.5-point ride on Dream Catcher.

Paulo Lima, the only other rider to be perfect on the event, captured third place with 295 world standings points to regain the lead in the PBR world standings.

Using an 88.25-point ride on Mortimer to win Round 3, Cooper Davis placed fourth in the event, going 3-for-4 for the weekend. Davis picked up 215 world standings points, while Eduardo Aparecido earned 200 world standings points for his fifth-place finish.

Photo Credit: Hamid Latiff & PBR

Derek Kolbaba, the 19-year-old PBR rookie sensation who won the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Saturday, led the Anaheim Invitational heading into the championship round, but failed to cover his last bull, tying for ninth place in the end.

Sweet Pro’s Bruiser won the High-Marked Bull award in Anaheim with his career-high 46.25-point score. Bruiser tossed Valdiron de Oliveira, a 2014 winner at Anaheim, in 5.83 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle for his winning out.

The three-day event made its 19th consecutive visit to Southern California.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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