GUTHRIE — The Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping begins Friday night at the Lazy E Arena with four cowboys having a shot to win the world title.
Cody Lee, 37, of Gatesville, Texas, is the top-ranked cowboy heading into the finals.
Lee has earned a season-best $62,745, but chasing him are Rocky Patterson and Trevor Brazile, who combined have won five of the last six steer roping world titles.
Brazile, 35, of Decatur, Texas, is the reigning champ who also won titles in 2006 and 2007. Patterson, 46, of Pratt, Kan., won the gold buckle in 2009 and 2010.
Also in striking distance for the 2012 world championship is Vin Fisher, Jr., of Andrews, Texas.
“Trevor went in last year with a pretty good lead,” Patterson said. “This year's going to be different. There are four of us that could change the lead every go-round.”
There will be five go-rounds each day on Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The finals offer the largest purse of the season for the steer ropers, with more than $5,000 on the line for the winners of each of the 10 go-rounds.