Gwladys Nocera

Nocera will be a top draw card in next week’s US$3.1 million event, as she will play on home turf. She is hoping to improve on her disappointing finish of joint 65th in the event last year but without adding any extra pressure. “It’s another tournament and I want to take it as a normal one,” she said.

Eberl’s score was the best of those out in the afternoon and she said: “This is a tricky course and the driver doesn’t play a big role because you only hit it three or four times. I think it’s a very technical course and I have a great caddie. He was great with the clubs. I was lucky the putts dropped as well.

“I think the afternoon is always tougher and to have a one tee start is not very advantageous. I’m playing at 10.15 tomorrow so I’m still going to catch the wind. The unfortunate side of the draw will always catch the wind.”

Brewerton was pleased with her form leading up to the largest events on the 2008 Ladies European Tour schedule, including the Evian Masters in France and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Sunningdale, England, in a fortnight.

“I played really, really good. Probably the best I’ve played overall in a round this year so I’m very happy,” said last year’s English Open champion.