Australians Sarah Kemp and Nikki Campbell are in with an outside chance of picking up their first Ladies European Tour title, the LACOSTE Ladies Open de France tomorrow.
Kemp fired the equal low round of the day, a five-under-par 65 to move up the leaderboard and be at six-under-par total. Campbell carded her third consecutive round of 68 on another sunny day at Chantaco Golf Club in Saint-Jean-de-Luz to be also at six-under.
The pair are four shots off the lead, which is currently held by the French trio Valentine Derrey, Joanna Klatten and Gwladys Nocera.
After another day of scorching temperatures and sunny skies, the stage is set for an epic final round battle in the Basque Country as three Frenchwomen lead their home championship for the first time in recent history.
The trio are trailed by Spanish Solheim Cup stars Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda, at nine and eight-under-par respectively, with fellow European team member Charley Hull of England and South African Lee-Anne Pace also just two shots behind the leaders on eight-under-par.
Klatten and Nocera, tied for the lead on 10-under overnight, both had level par rounds of 70 and were joined in the lead by Derrey, who shot a three-under 67 on the Chantaco course, where she was a member as a child. Derrey, who now lives just across the river in Ciboure, spent many summers playing at the venue and will benefit from local knowledge.
After a career-best finish of third in Spain three months ago, Klatten is gunning for her first LET victory and said: “I’m pretty happy with my position. I was off to a shaky start: two over after two holes and managed to grind in there. I didn’t have my A game today but that happens.”
England’s Liz Young is also targeting her first victory. She shot a five-under 65 to move up into eighth place on seven-under-par after four birdies over the last five holes.
Queensland’s Bree Arthur (69) is the next best placed Australian, she is currently tied for 15th at four-under-par, while Rebecca Artis (71) is a further shot back and tied for 18th. Defending champion Stacey Keating (69) is at two-under-par total and tied for 21st position, with fellow compatriot Lindsey Wright (71). Alison Whitaker (75) is at five-over and shares 46th place, while Stephanie Na (77) is at eight-over and tied for 51st.