A night after being aggressive and winning in 7.6 seconds, Marty Yates topped himself with a 7.0-second run to win Round 3 in tie-down roping.
More importantly, Yates climbed into the lead in the world standings.
The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy has cashed in for $75,788 through three rounds at the Wrangler NFR.
Just like in Round 2, Yates pointed to his start as the reason for his success in Round 3.
“This was an awesome run,” said Yates, 24. “Anytime you’re 7-flat it is a great run. My start started it all, and I had a great calf and went through the motions and tied her down.”
In three nights, Yates has eliminated a deficit of $50,094 and turned it into a lead of $4,176 over Tuf Cooper. Yates’ earnings for the 2018 season are up to $162,271.
“That’s the goal you have when you enter the first rodeo of the year,” Yates said of taking the lead. “That’s where you want to be. To be winning it in the third round is a dream come true, and I need to stick to the game plan and keep doing what I’m doing, and it will not change.”
His quick start at the 2018 Finals could help determine a world title.
“It’s nice to get tapped off like that here in this building, there’s not a better feeling,” he said. “When you know what’s coming and you know you’re in control, it is