England's Charley Hull, even though she was two adrift of Rolex World No. 1 Lydia Ko well into her second nine at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open, briefly entertained thoughts of going under the 60 barrier after her fourth straight birdie at the 13th.
Hull finished her morning round with an eight under 64 and lies in second place on 10-under-par, three behind Ko.
"It did enter my mind. I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59."
She attributed her six-shot improvement from round one to better awareness on the greens.
"Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break."
"I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there so I’m pretty happy with the way I played."
"You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position."
Hull and Ko matched birdies on 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13 while the third member of their group, Australian Su Oh, also birdied 6, 10 and 13. The threesome shared an eagle (Ko at the second) and 22 birdies in the first 13 holes.
Asked if the final could be an all go Ko and go Charley day, Hull replied: "Yeah, it should be good fun."