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July 8, 2013

Gellerman comes out on top as former OU teammates battle down stretch at Westwood Invitational

NORMAN — The Westwood Invitational ended Sunday the way it began on Friday — with teammates Michael Gellerman and Austen Fuller playing together down the stretch.

And, for the roommates and former teammates at Oklahoma who entered Sunday tied for the lead, it was a near-perfect finish. Gellerman shot a 67 to finish with 201 strokes for the tournament, while Fuller carded a 68 to complete the 1-2 finish.

“It was fun to do that down the stretch with a friend,” Gellerman said. “We had a lot of fun, and it always feels good to win.”

The pair are close friends off the course and aren’t rivals on it, either. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t competitive down the stretch. Fuller took the lead early but Gellerman retook it on the twelfth hole. He eventually stretched his lead to two shots, but Fuller fought back to pull within one before the pair played even on the course’s final five holes, including the 18th, where both bogeyed to end the tournament.

“It was fun dueling it out with him,” Gellerman said. “We’re still best friends, but I still felt pressure coming down the stretch. We both wanted to win, but we were both going to be happy no matter what happened.”

Fuller, who was the one to convince Gellerman to even join the tournament, agreed.

“I liked the competition, and him being out here made it a lot of fun,” he said. “It feels pretty good for us to finish first and second. We just tried to have fun out there, and we did. He’s a good friend of mine, and it was fun to go out there and play and feel the pressure.”

In the final group, the pair also fended off defending champion Kelsey Cline, who fell behind early and finished five strokes back after firing a 271. Jeff Johnson finished fourth in the tournament after a 72 on Sunday.

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