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Fox and Hendry continue Olympic duel

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/07/2016

Ryan Fox is keeping his nose in front of fellow-Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry in their race for Olympic qualification with two days remaining at tournaments in Europe and Japan.

World No.190 Fox is battling with 207th-ranked Hendry qualify as the second Kiwi for Rio behind assured selection Danny Lee.

Results this weekend will settle a month-long duel, with both in-form golfers still a chance to have the higher ranking when they are updated on the Olympic deadline day of Monday.

Fox was leading after the first round of a secondary Challenge Tour event in Slovakia and had slipped to third at the midway point.

His second-round score of three-under 69 leaves him two shots behind Norwegian leader Espen Kofstad at the Slovakia Challenge in Senica.

There are more ranking points on offer at the Japan PGA Championship in Hokkaido, where Hendry climbed eight places on Friday to be third.

His second round of four-under 68 was bettered by only by the 67 to runaway Japanese leader Toshinori Muto.

Hendry is on six-under, seven strokes behind Muto but only one off second place.

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