Australian Karen Lunn

Lunn’s second round was eventful with three birdies, a bogey, a double bogey and an eagle at the 15th, where she hit a rescue to ten feet. At the par-three 14th, she seemed to have lost her ball when it dropped out of the trees to within six feet of where she was standing.

“It was a funny old day. I played quite nicely early on and made a couple of bad swings on 13 and 14 and lost my ball on 13 and made a double. I came back with an eagle so it was good,” she said.

Lunn, 42, added that she had been inspired by 43-year-old Helen Alfredsson’s win at the Evian Masters in July. Alfredsson now leads the LET’s New Star Money List.

“It’s quite funny because at the British Open Helen Alfredsson came up to me and she is like, “Come on, you can do it! If I can do it, you can do it!” I guess she has been an inspiration to us oldies, the way she has come back and played as well as she has this year. It’s good to see. Obviously that gives you heart. She and Vijay Singh are playing well and they are older than me so maybe there are still a couple of years left in me yet,” Lunn said.

England’s Laura Davies, the defending champion, fired a 67 and was in a group of seven players placed four shots off the pace on six-under-par along with Italians Veronica Zorzi (68) and Diana Luna (70), Finland’s Kaisa Ruuttila (68), Denmark’s Lisa Holm Sorensen (69), England’s Lisa Hall (69) and Germany’s Denise Charlotte-Becker (71).

Davies said: “I played really well today. I hit 17 greens in regulation. I messed up on 17 again. I’ve played that hole badly this week so far. Other than that I never looked like dropping one. I hit it left in the rough and only just got it pin high left but still in the long stuff and hacked it on the green and nearly three putted for a double it was a good five in the end.”

Davies felt it could have been better: “It’s a shame because I missed two really good chances on eight and nine. That would have been lovely to finish just two behind but four behind with two round to go is not the end of the world.”