Melissa Reid

Caudal is aiming to become the first back-to-back tournament winner since defending champion Nikki Garrett won the Tenerife and Spanish Ladies’ Opens at the beginning of last year. “I’m relaxed. I’m playing the same as last week, just keep my strategy, shot after shot and we’ll see,” added Caudal, whose win in Portugal was her first in two seasons on the LET.

Hudson, who had a one-under-par 71, will be aiming to secure her first individual LET title since the 2006 OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open in Hungary, although she has since won on the Women’s African Tour as well as with Trish Johnson in April’s European Cup.

“I didn’t think I’d be one shot off the lead. I did think some-one would get to ten or 11-under-par,” said Hudson, adding: “l didn’t actually play fabulous, especially on the front nine. I got up and down a lot. I didn’t have many expectations; just wanted to go out and play well again.

“I had some chances and I didn’t hole anything for par so hopefully tomorrow, if I play as well as I have done on this back nine and get a few putts going in, I should be okay. If I can hole some putts I’ve got a good chance. We’ll be giving it all we can.”

Reid, who leads the LET’s Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year race by more than €35,000, enters the week placed ninth on the New Star Money List after finishing second at the ABN AMRO Ladies Open in the Netherlands a fortnight ago. She shot a third round of 68 and is aiming to become the first rookie winner on the Ladies European Tour since Finland’s Minea Blomqvist took the 2004 OTP Bank Ladies’ Central European Open in Hungary.