New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko bounced back from a shaky start to finish the second round of the British Women's Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club tied for sixth place.
South Korea's Shin Jiyai stormed into a commanding lead on 135, taking advantage of calmer conditions on Sunday (NZT) after severe winds battered play on Saturday.
Shin, eyeing a second British Open crown, added a flawless 64 to her opening 71 to lead fellow South Korean Park Inbee by five.
Ko finished her second round with a one-under par 71, mixing five birdies with four bogeys in bettering her first round even-par 72.
"It was kind of a rough start, two over after two, that wasn't the best start that I imagined," Ko said.
"But I hung in there and I made birdies on four and five, which made it a little easier and it also meant that I didn't owe any shots."
She says the key to breaking par on day two was her short game.
"My putting was much better. I didn't miss anything within three feet and I missed two from that distance on Thursday so it made it much easier," she said.
"I made a few mistakes with my woods but my short game held up to that so that was OK."
The US Amateur champion has played the back nine at Hoylake in two under par this week, and is looking to continue that form in the third and fourth rounds.
"I personally find the back nine easier. I shot one under par there on Thursday and then one under again today so it is the easier nine," Ko said.
"There are three par fives on the back nine compared to only one on the front so it makes a big difference."
Ko is one of four amateurs to make the cut, and leads second-placed amateur Holly Clyburn by two shots.