Nikki Garrett

Then, a bogey four at the third hole was followed by back-to-back birdies at holes six and seven to see Lagoutte come home in 33.

“I like this course because it allows you to be selective,” said Lagoutte, whose fiancé Sebastien Clement, a golf professional on The Alps Tour, is caddying for her in the tournament this week. The pair will wed on 9th December.

“It’s playing long but the key today was my putting. I only had 25 putts, which makes it easy.”

Davies, the winner at the same course in 2002, did not find the greens easy. She carded four birdies and one bogey and three of her bogeys were on the front nine, which played as her back nine.

“The course is set up well to make birdies but the greens are not easy,” said Davies, the current New Star Money List leader.

“The conditions were very much against us and it was a little bit like a quagmire out there. We’ve been rained on all day, apart from the last three holes.