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Texas cowboy Rocky Patterson takes title at National Finals Steer Roping

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 3, 2012

Rocky Patterson posted a 10.3-second run to win the 10th go-round at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and outlast Trevor Brazile by $418 to win his third Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Championship.

Patterson, out of Pratt, Kan., dominated Saturday night in the final five rounds of the two-day competition.

Patterson had held the world standings lead since the fourth go-round, but had two no-times on Friday night. That nearly took him out of contention to place in the top five in the 10-round aggregate race. Brazile, who won the average with 131.7 seconds on 10 runs, held a distinct advantage – as the average winner, the Decatur, Texas, cowboy pocketed a bonus of $15,231.

Patterson was the last roper to compete Saturday night knowing he needed to win the final go-round and hope he earned an average check if he were to catch Brazile. Patterson's 10.3 did both – he finished fifth in the average – making that single run worth $8,308.

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