30 Jul 2016

Ko into the weekend at British Open

11:43 am on 30 July 2016

A couple of late birdies have secured Lydia Ko a spot in the weekend field at the British Open in Milton Keynes.

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko Photo: Photosport

The world number one birdied two of her last four holes to shoot a two under par 70 in her second round, moving her to even par for the tournament.

Ko is in a tie for 56th, one shot inside the cut line, but a massive 11 shots behind the leader.

"Those birdies really gave me some breathing room going down the last two holes.

"I didn't hit the ball very well today...not many putts were falling...but I tried to stay positive until the end. I just tried to keep chipping away," Ko said.

"Going into today my goal was to play all four days so I think goal number one is accomplished."

Ko said the Marquess Course at Woburn was a difficult test for the players and could not believe clubhouse leader Lee Mi-rim (71) of South Korea was flying high at 11-under.

"I don't know what course she is playing right now but I think it's all about the putting here," Ko said.

"It's really undulating and if you put yourself on the wrong slope you could end up having a putt that almost breaks 90 degrees. If they fall it's almost like a two-shot swing."

Ko played alongside local favourite Charley Hull, who is on five-under-par, for the second day running and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing in front of a sizeable crowd.

"For this many people to come out to watch, it's great," said the 19-year-old. "They love watching her here especially at a club she's played at for a long time.

"For her to play good golf and for there to be a lot of people, I think it's double the fun."