Leona Maguire produced her best round of the weekend to surge up the leaderboard at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de Espana on Saturday.

Maguire had started the day three-over and well down the field but the Cavan woman carded a terrific four-under 68 to move to one-under in a tie for 22nd.

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Nanna Koerstz Madsen emerged from a crowded leaderboard to go two shots ahead of the rest on 14-under-par heading into the final round at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella.

The 25-year-old Dane shot a seven-under 65 in perfect scoring conditions on Saturday, while Swedish teenager Julia Engstrom went one better with a career-best eight-under 64 to end the day in second on 12-under.

Anne Van Dam, the long-hitting Dutchwoman, finished the day a shot further back in third on 11-under.
Madsen birdied two of the first three holes and went out in 34 and then picked up the pace with five successive birdies from holes 12 to 16.

"I had a good stretch, so I’m happy with the round. It’s not very often I play bogey free. I like to attack and sometimes that doesn’t work," said the LET’s 2016 Tipsport Golf Masters champion, who was a three-time winner on the Symetra Tour in 2017, which earned her a "Battlefield Promotion" to the LPGA.

Her mum, Pia, is caddying for her this week and Madsen added: "I don’t have any expectations because I got here on Wednesday, didn’t play a practise round and, although I saw the course three years ago, I didn’t really practise for the three days before. I am just here with my family and we are trying to have a bit of a holiday, so I’m calm."