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July 6, 2014

Shaping up for a strong finish

NORMAN — Travis Keeley and Jett Johnson’s approach to the 39th annual OklahomaTickets.com Westwood Invitational is simple. The friends are out to play together and push each other on the golf course, but more than anything they’re out to enjoy the weekend at the historic tournament.

Now, heading into the final day of competition one of the pair may find that winning is the most enjoyable aspect of the tournament.

Keeley leads the tournament with a 133 through 36 holes thanks to following up a 66 on Friday with a 67 on Saturday, catapulting him from third place to the lead. Johnson, meanwhile, shot a flight-best 64 on Saturday to move into third place and just a shot out of the lead that Keeley shares with Derek Dodds.

Not that they’re out solely to win.

“I’m just having a good time playing with my buddy,” Keeley said. “We’re out to shoot as low as we can, but it’s not all about winning. This is my third year in a row playing this tournament and it’s a lot of fun.”

For Keeley, who graduated from Norman High in 2009, having fun playing golf is something that’s always been important. After leaving NHS he played four years of golf at East Central University in Ada, making time in the summer to compete at the Westwood Invitational, where he finished second two years ago and in the top five last summer.

With 18 holes to play, he may add a championship to that list. Thanks largely to his consistent and clean play — just one bogey through two days, against eight birdies — he’s in position to take down the title with one more strong round of golf.

He’ll face plenty of competition. Not only does his friend Johnson have the lead in his sights, but Dodds is also sitting at 133 strokes after turning in consistent days of 67 and then 66 strokes. Meanwhile former champion Kelsey Cline is set to make a run today, entering the round three strokes back.

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