Italy’s Sophie Sandolo

“I did not hole one single putt today but the tournament is not over!” Sanchez said. “Why should I lose hope? I just hope that today was my silly day and not tomorrow!”

Monaco based Sandolo, 30, stepped up her title bid with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey. She eagled the par-five 12th hole, having holed out from the greenside trap.

“It was a bit of luck,” said Sandolo, who has become famous for her raunchy calendar shoots over the past three years. “But I played well and missed several birdie chances because of the wind. I stayed really calm all day.”

Garrett, 23, from Shelly Beach in New South Wales, carded three birdies and two bogeys, with the highlight a chip in for birdie at the 16th.

“I’m surprised that I’m up there but it was really windy this afternoon so a lot of players fell back a little,” said Garrett.

“It’s the first tournament back after a long period off and to be playing in the last group will be fun. I just want to relax in front of the telly tonight and then tomorrow play some normal golf!”