Birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie! Danny Lee roars into Rio medal contention

Kiwi golfer Danny Lee has made a massive leap up the Olympic leaderboard, shooting a six-under par 65 in the second round.

Lee's round at at Campo Olimpico de Golfe was the best of the day and saw him move from one-over to five-under.

He is five shots off leader Marcus Fraser of Australia, in a tie for sixth.

Lee's sizzling round ended with four birdies on the final four holes.

"It's the kind of finish you want to have on this course" said Lee afterwards.

"It's really generous the last three, four holes."

The closing sequence includes a 277 metre par four, a 122 metre par three and a downwind par five.

Lee could have been one better as he hit a brilliant second shot on the green at the final hole only for his eagle putt to just slide by.

He's raving about the condition of the brand new Rio de Janeiro golf course, a genuine links on sandy waste terrain near the sea.

"It's magnificent. It's a very, very young golf course and I don't think you could ask for anything more."

Lee will be in the third to last group to start in round three but he now knows he's in with a chance of a medal.

"I did very, very good today and I definitely put myself in that position I think"

Ryan Fox was two-over for the day and is tied for 33rd.

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Danny Lee of New Zealand at Olympic Games.
Danny Lee of New Zealand at Olympic Games. Source: Associated Press