Annika and her caddie Terry McNamara

Australia’s Nikki Garrett matched Sorenstam’s score of 66 to pull within one shot of the leader and took outright second position on seven-under-par.

Maria Verchenova’s 66 was her best score in two years on the Ladies European Tour and she shared third place on six-under with Veronica Zorzi, who had a 69, and Johanna Head, who carded 72.

“My iron game was really good, and I hit a lot of greens and I’m happy with my game,” said Verchenova, who is the only Russian player on tour.

“It’s quite tough. You definitely have to have a good short game, it’s a good golf course and it suits my game. It’s like before the week started, I feel like I was going to do well here.”

Germany’s Anja Monke, Denmark’s Iben Tinning and England’s Laura Davies shared sixth place on five-under-par. The cut fell to 61 players on three-over-par.