Paula Marti

“I knew that coming into this week doing well here would give me more chances to win the New Star Money List. I know I have to play well here. I have one round left, which is the hardest round, but I’m going to give it everything,” she said.

However she is only one ahead of the 2002 order of merit winner Marti, who is currently 10th in Europe, and fourth ranked Yang.

Marti returned a 74, which included an eagle at the last hole, to be four-under, while Yang returned a 73.

“It was a horrible day. I was suffering,” said Marti. “We needed to be patient. I didn’t start that great. I started bogey, par, bogey and then I made a birdie on the fifth and then on the 10th again. I was really unlucky on 12. I hit a good shot in but it hit the lip of the bunker and went in. Hole 14 is playing the hardest. I hit it to the bunker on the right, hit a super bunker shot to a metre and a half but missed it. I three putted the next. Luckily I finished much better than yesterday.”

Yang, who was the youngest ever winner on the LET when she won the 2006 ANZ Ladies Masters, added: “It was a really different day. It was so windy; yesterday was so calm and warm. It turned into such a different day.”