Nelly Korda on her way to a round of 60 today – photo Stan Badz IGF / PGA Tour

American and world number one, Nelly Korda, has opened up a commanding four shot lead at the Olympic Women’s event in Tokyo, a stunning round of 62 leaving her clear of Denmark’s Nana Koerstz Madden and Emily Kristen Pedersen and India’s Aditi Ashok.

First round leader, Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden, is another shot back in 5th place.

The round included nine birdies and an eagle, but, in search of a birdie at the last hole to become only the second woman to break the magic number of 60 in competition, she took double bogey to perhaps keep the outcome of the event alive especially given that the initial 72 holes may yet be reduced to 54 due to stormy weather in the forecast.

Once again, hot, sticky conditions faced the 60-player field but despite a relatively slow start to her round when just even par through her opening four holes, Korda opened up a six shot gap on the field over her next 13 holes before the disappointment at the last.

Had Korda been thinking about the possibility of a sub 60 round?

“I mean, no, not really,” she responded. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all I was like, oh, cool, I have a pretty good lead going into 18. But unfortunate that double on 18, but that’s golf and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Asked if she was thinking at all about the possibility of a reduced number of holes this week, Korda was quick to dismiss that thought.

“I’m going to have the mindset that it’s going to be a 72-hole golf course and whatever happens, happens. But I’m not going to set my mind on that it’s just going to be less than 72 because right now it is.”

Korda was asked if she felt any differently about this event given it is the Olympics compared to majors and other events she plays Korda

“I think I honestly feel the same. I’m wearing USA across my chest, I think that’s really cool, huge honor, but other than that I’m approaching it as I would any week. I think when people ask me if I prepare more or put more meaning to normal or majors or Olympics or whatever, I say no, because I go into any type of event with the same demeanor and the same goal.”

Hannah Green leads the Australians in a share of 8th place at 6 under, Green’s round of 65 improving her from her overnight 23rd place to a share of 8th.

Given this is her first competitive event after a five week break back in Perth, Green was delighted with the improvement form her first round of even par 71.

“I felt like yesterday was just a matter of getting the rust off and it was pretty hot yesterday so I felt like it was hard to stay in the moment,” said Green.

“Today I gave myself a lot more opportunities for birdie and managed to roll a couple really important putts in and it kind of just gave me some motivation and some confidence with the putter. I hit the ball a lot better. I hit a lot more greens. Gave myself good opportunities. So, I did exactly what I wanted and hopefully I can keep doing that for the next couple rounds.”

There has been some discussion as to whether the event might become of a 54 hole event given the possibility of inclement weather as a result of the hot conditions but Green is for as much golf still to be played as possible.

“Yeah, I really hope it is four, I would like two more days to get back up there. I feel like now that I’ve had a good round I can see what’s capable and yeah there’s no reason why I can’t keep climbing. So I haven’t heard anything and I really hope that this weather stays away and let’s us have a 72-hole tournament.”

New Zealander, Lydia Ko, was positioning herself well until bogeys at her 17th and 18th holes for a round of 67 saw her slip from 5th to 9th although it was an improvement of seven places from her overnight standing.

Minjee Lee struggled to fully recover from a bogey at her opening hole and although three birdies in her last six holes led to a round of 68 on a day where low scoring was the norm she was unable to make any progress from her overnight 23rd place despite a round of 3 under and is now tied for 24th.

“I feel like I had a lot of missed opportunities, definitely early in the round,” said Lee. “I couldn’t really get the pace of the shorter putts today for some reason, but finishing, I finished strong, so that balances it out, I guess.”

“I think if we were playing two more rounds then I could still have a chance. But, they said it might miss us, I just talked to the people inside. So, fingers crossed. But I do need to post some low scores.”