Nordqvist and Gustafson celebrate a birdie at the ninth

Nordqvist knocked in birdie putts from 18 and two feet respectively at the 12th and 15th holes, before both players missed the green and recorded bogeys at the 16th hole, also coming home in 35.

Gustafson said: “We didn’t quite cut it today. I couldn’t get my putter going. I thought I was playing well but couldn’t make anything. I’m looking forward to the Valencian Cup format tomorrow.”

Both Denmark and Australia shot identical scores of five-under 67 to sit at 15-under-par.

Australia started well when Webb birdied the first and third holes, but the pair couldn’t get anything going until Lunn came in with further birdies at the 15th, 16th and 18th holes, after she asked Webb to read her putts.

“It was funny because we weren’t making any putts and I got Webby to read, because yesterday we read the putts together and I putted okay and I wasn’t making anything,” said Lunn. “I pulled her in on 15 to read the putt and made it and then she got called in on 16 and I made it as well. We just tried something different to turn it around because we weren’t making enough.”

Just two strokes behind going into the final round, Webb could hardly believe her luck.

“I wouldn’t have thought that shooting five under today would have got us so close to the lead. It will depend on how Sweden finishes the last couple but right now, to be only two behind, I feel a little lucky in a way that five under was good enough to make up some ground, so we have a good shot tomorrow,” Webb said.

The Danes carded five birdies including three in a row from the third hole and Tinning said: “I think we’ve played well for the last three days, we’re just not making enough putts and put it this way: we could probably be a little bit more lucky out there.