Ko Storms Into Contention in Florida, Lee and Fox Granted Exemptions for The Open

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Lydia Ko (LPGA Supplied)

Lydia Ko has shrugged off an average first round at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida with a sparkling 7-under par 65 (Best round of the day) to finish the second round only four shots from leader Jin Young Ko.

After a 2-over 74 on Friday, which included five bogeys, today Ko removed bogeys completely from her round and shot 7 birdies to hit the weekend in top form.

The top two players in the world are in those exact two positions at the top of the leaderboard with Jin Young Ko shooting a 5-under 67 to be placed in the lead on 9-under.

J.Y. Ko is one shot ahead of world number two Sei Young Kim who is tied with Lexi Thompson on 8-under.

Overnight the R&A has confirmed exemptions for the 2021 British Open and both Danny Lee and Ryan Fox have both been granted exemptions.

Due to The Open not being played in 2020, exempted players that qualified last year have been included as well as new categories added to catch players in the last 12 months.

Lee was granted an exemption for being the highest placed non-exempted player at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Fox has been given an exemption for winning the 2019 Tour of Australiasia Order of Merit.

The 149th Open will take place at Royal St George’s from July 11-18 2021, near the town of Sandwich on the south-east tip of England.

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