First round leader Tinning

“I’m pleased with the way I played the last six holes,” she said. “I feel like I work pretty hard, so when I am confident I tend to play well.”

This is the third occasion that Reid has led going into the final round in a many seasons on tour. In her rookie season in 2008, she was a runner-up three times. She led by two going into the last day at the Ladies English Open and by six into the final round at the Nykredit Masters in Denmark.

She feels that her experience will be an advantage on Sunday. “I’m a better player. Mentally I’m much more mature. I feel sometimes that I’m so desperate to win and so desperate to do well that it’s a bit of a hinder to me so I’ve just got to believe in my ability and believe in the work that I’ve put in. I do work hard and I work hard on every aspect of my whole life, so I just think that I’ve just got to let it happen; I’ve just got to play.”

Tinning was at four-under through 14 before dropping three shots over the final four holes. The five-time tournament champion said that her putting made the difference. “Yesterday I had 26 putts and today I had 32 or 33 so it was back to normal. I think I still have a chance if I get the putter going. I’m going to try to get my head down tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes.”

Brewerton made up four places on the field, despite a few errant shots over the closing holes.

She said: “It’s just a tough course. If you hit anything off line you’re dead and unfortunately I hit a couple of drives at the end that I think were a couple of tired swings, the same as yesterday’s bad shots. When it is off, it’s left and you just can’t hit it left here so I was in a bit of trouble. I’m pretty happy with the day. It’s a tough course so it’s a good position to be in.”