This Isn’t Their First Rodeo

Photo: Zach Laney and Austin Richardson

Austin Richardson and Zach Laney don’t look like the two toughest hombres at the Charles Schwab Challenge, especially in their crisp golf gear and weighing in at less than 140 pounds. But they are. Austin is the No. 11 ranked bull rider in the world and his buddy, Zach, is an up and comer on the PBR circuit.

The friends regularly climb aboard bodacious bulls with names like “Mudslinger” and “Manifest Destiny” and hang on for dear life, hoping to last that elusive 8 seconds and wow the judges. Austin grew up in Dallas and Zach’s from Granbury.

They recently competed in the PBR team event at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena and decided to come out to Colonial to catch a slightly less rugged sport. “Golf is pretty tough,” said Austin. “We love it and Zach plays quite a bit. But I feel more confident on top of a bull than I do on the first tee.