SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France -- Diana Luna will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the the Lacoste Ladies Open after she registered a 2-under-par round of 68 on Saturday at the Chantaco Golf Club.
The 29-year-old from Italy heads into Day 4 on 11 under par, with Anne-Lise Caudal, Carlota Ciganda and Stacey Keating in hot pursuit.
Lorena Ochoa, meanwhile, felt that she played much better in the third round having warmed up over the first two days.
She bogeyed the first and fourth holes Saturday, but birdied the seventh and eight holes on the front as well as the 13th and 17th hole for a 2-under 68 to end the day tied for 19th on 1 under par. Ochoa, 30, who is playing at the request of Lacoste, her clothing sponsor, is making her first Ladies European Tour start in two years. She is 10 shots behind Luna after opening with rounds of 69 and 72.
"For sure today was a little bit better," said Ochoa. "I didn’t get the best start but I was able to turn around and make a few birdies on the back nine and it really made a difference. Now I’m under par for the tournament and I’m happy to say that.
"Everything has changed for me -- I’m hitting the ball a little bit shorter, I don’t have the same feel or the same touch around the greens and I made a few mistakes with my putter, so I think today was a better day," she added. "I’m starting to feel more comfortable. Hopefully tomorrow to say goodbye we can have a low round and really enjoy it."
Luna went four shots ahead after making three birdies in a row from the third, and extended her lead thanks to a birdie on the seventh. She was six clear after Keating bogeyed Nos. 11 and 12.
Luna bogeyed at the 14th and the last, but Keating also dropped a shot on the 18th.
"I've lost playoffs twice here in France and haven't yet lifted the cup, but there are no Johnsons on the leader board today so hopefully this year is my chance," said Luna. "I hit 16 greens in regulation today so I've been playing very good."
Caudal is also 8 under after a third-round 67. After bogeying the first she made four consecutive birdies from the fourth and, although she dropped two shots in the middle of the round, recovered with an eagle on 15.
Like Caudal, Ciganda began with a bogey, but picked up four shots at the third, sixth, 15th and 17th for a round of 3-under 67.