(Castellon, Spain – Saturday 18th July 2009) – Becky Brewerton kept her grip on the Spanish Open for a third day with a round of 66 at Panorámica Golf Club on Saturday.

The Welshwoman carded six birdies and moved to 16-under par after opening rounds of 65 and 69. She led by five shots over Spaniards Tania Elosegui and amateur Ana Fernandez de Mesa.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” Brewerton said. “I putted excellently. That really saved me on a couple of holes. I holed a huge putt on the third from about 60 foot and one from just a bit longer than that on 17.”

Brewerton hopes that a strong performance could mean a chance to play on Europe’s Solheim Cup team, due to face the United States at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois from 17-23 August, but she is not taking anything for granted.

“This is the sort of course where you could shoot 62 so you just don’t know,” she added. “If the course stays like it normally is with a bit less wind someone could come up from way behind. They could come creeping up and post a score early on so I’ve just got to be aggressive tomorrow and shoot something in the 60s.”

Elosegui is already likely to make the European Solheim Cup team, following her maiden win at the ABN AMRO Ladies Open in the Netherlands in June. She moved into contention for a second title with a seven-under 65 and shared second with Fernandez de Mesa, an 18-year-old amateur, who shot 68.