By: Darci Miller
PUEBLO, Colo. – Cooper Davis made his premier series debut in 2014, and he’s been one of the PBR’s elite ever since. Davis won the 2015 PBR World Finals, followed that up with the 2016 World Championship, and in the ensuing years has finished a season ranked no lower than No. 7.
Though he’s currently sidelined with a broken neck suffered at the season-opening event in New York City, Davis has proven that he can never be counted out.
In honor of his 26th birthday, here are the Top 5 rides of Davis’s career.
93.75 points on Smooth Operator – Atlantic City, 2018
The best ride of Davis’s career came on the back of a future World Champion Bull in Smooth Operator. Davis went 2-for-3 in Atlantic City in 2018 to finish the event in second place, but he won the championship round with a huge 93.75 points. Davis and Smooth Operator have faced off four times, and this is the only time Davis has ever made the whistle.
92.75 points on Chiseled – Greensboro, 2019
Davis went 3-for-3 to win the Greensboro Invitational in October of 2019 – his most recent premier series victory – and climbed aboard Chiseled in the championship round needing 88 points for the event win. The two teamed up for 92.75 points instead, and Davis would go on to finish 2019 ranked No. 5 in the world standings.
91.75 points on TLW’s Big Cat – Austin, 2017
Davis finished the 2017 season ranked No. 3, and his highest-scoring ride that season came in the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Albuquerque when he rode TLW’s Big Cat for 91.75 points. It was one of six 90-point rides he’d earn in 2017, a number that trailed only 2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood’s 10. Davis won three events that season, two of which were 15/15 Bucking Battles.
91.5 points on Crossfire – Albuquerque, 2016
Davis earned the first 90-point ride of his PBR career as he was en route to his world title. In Albuquerque in 2016, Davis ended Crossfire’s buckoff streak at 21 straight, besting the bovine in their third matchup. He tied for fourth overall in the event and won the championship round, one of 14 round wins he would earn that season.
91.25 points on Catfish John – Chicago, 2018
Catfish John and Cooper Davis are one of the PBR’s great rivalries. The two have matched up eight times, and Davis is 4-for-8, riding Catfish John on his first four trips – including once at the 2016 PBR World Finals – and bucking off his last four. The last time Davis made the whistle on Catfish John was also his best, with a 91.25-point trip in Chicago in 2018. Davis won that event for his only event win of the 2018 season, and finished the year ranked No. 7.
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