LAS VEGAS – Team ropers split the world championship. The outcome simply wasn’t the one that appeared most likely. The possibility of a header from one team winning the world championship with a heeler from another partnership became more and more real as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wore on, but in a final-round stunner, heeler Jade Corkill came from behind to capture his first gold buckle along with Chad Masters, who won a world championship for the second time.
LAS VEGAS – Winning back-to-back gold buckles is a feat in and of itself.
In this era of ProRodeo, repeating as world champion after earning that title for the very first time is almost unheard of.