Apparently Marco Eguchi is healthy.
The 24-year-old Brazilian bull rider, who labored through the end of the 2013 season with a groin injury and had a disappointing finish at Madison Square Garden last week in the 2014 opener, rode Shepherd Hills Stockman for 89.25 points in the championship round to capture the PBR Chicago Invitational victory on Sunday.
PBR's Twitter feed provided the news, while noting the win was just two weeks removed from Eguchi's wedding:
According to PBR.com's Jordan Marie Johnson, Eguchi, who totaled 259.50 points over the two-day event, left with $34,185 in earnings. Not a bad wedding gift for his new bride.
Here's a look at the top riders from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. (you can find the complete standings here):
|Chicago Invitational Top Riders|
|6||Joao Ricardo Vieira||171.75||$4,610|
Although he wasn't able to pull out the victory, Eguchi's countryman, Fabiano Vieira, continued to prove why he is easily one of the best riders in the world. After tying for the win with reigning PBR world champion J.B. Mauney last week, the 31-year-old Vieira notched the highest score of the week when he rode Smackdown for a thrilling 89.50 points.
He came up just shy of the overall victory, though, finishing with 258.50 points. Nevertheless, he'll leave with $17,785 for his troubles and will remain comfortably in first in the PBR Built Ford Tough Series season standings (find the full standings here):
|Built Ford Tough Series Season Standings|
Eguchi's win catapulted him all the way to No. 10 in the world standings.
Three Texas natives rounded out the top five from Chicago, as Stormy Wing came in third with 257.50 points, Mike Lee (254.75) finished fourth and Douglas Duncan (172) erased a forgettable opening week with a clutch fifth-place finish.
Lee's effort was enough to vault him into second in the season standings, as Mauney fell into a tie for 20th in Chicago after seeing his consecutive ride streak end at 16 when he was bucked by Mud Man in the second round.
David's Dream was the top bull of the event, tossing Valdiron de Oliveira in 4.72 seconds.
The PBR season rolls along, stopping next at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., next weekend.
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