Texan Cole Melancon (Paris, Texas) earned his league-leading third-round victory of the 2021 season. He dominated the opening afternoon of competition at the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast event in Okeechobee, Florida, winning Round 1 of the PBR Coors Banquet Invitational at the Agri-Civic Center. Melancon shot to the top of the leaderboard compliments of an 88.5-point score atop Soup in a Group (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Wilks Ranch). Along with collecting 20 world points for his round victory, the 26-year-old also earned eight bonus points for the qualified ride.
Remaining No. 5 in the world, Melancon is now within 30.5 points of No. 1 Junior Patrik Souza (Sonora, Brazil).
Souza retained his world No. 1 rank after finishing tenth in Round 1 when he covered Sky Harbor (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Wilks Ranch) for a 78.5-point score. He earned nine world points.