Steinhauer, from Madison in Wisconsin, last won at the 2004 Sybase Classic in New York and admitted that she would be trying to keep her nerves under control in the final round. Although not a leader board watcher, she said she would keep in touch with the scores through her caddie, Bob Kendall. “He’ll keep me informed if I fall behind or you know, whatever. He knows when to talk to me. He’ll give me good body language that I can read,” she said.

Steinhauer fired rounds of 73 and 70 over the first two days at Royal Lytham, in colder, more difficult conditions. She grew up in a windy area so was not too affected by the elements.

“It was set up a bit easier to play than it was with the wind we had Thursday and Friday, along with it being a little cooler. I always play better when it’s a little bit warmer. These old bones, they loosen up a little bit more with a little heat,” she joked.

Steinhauer’s front nine was steady, with just one birdie at the third hole, where she hit an eight-iron in and made a 30-footer, but she played the more difficult back nine in five-under-par 32, with birdies at holes 11, 13 and 16 – and an eagle at the par-five 15th.

At the 15th, she holed a 50 foot putt from off the green for eagle. It broke from left to right and then came back from right to left before snaking its way back perfectly to the middle of the hole.

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