Victoria Craig withdrew after seven holes of her second round at the Aland 100 Ladies Open in Finland on Friday.
Craig had opened her campaign with a six-over 78 leaving her with an uphill battle to make the cut but her withdrawal has brought her tournament to an end.
Rookies Lisa Pettersson and Ana Pelaez Trivino are tied at the summit with a one-shot lead heading into the final round.
Pettersson fired a 66 while Pelaez Trivino, the highest ranked player in the field at eighth on the Race to Costa del Sol, shot a 68 at Ålands Golf Club in Kastelholm, Åland.
Pettersson of sweden was in blistering form carding eight birdies. Her first birdie came on the second hole and she added three more from the sixth to the eighth holes, before dropping her first stroke of the day on the long ninth, followed by another on the 11th. She birdied four of her last seven holes in what was a great recovery from a rocky spell around the turn to tie the lead.
The Swede had been enduring a tough season but seems to have found some form after a runner-up finish last week.
“It’s quite cold and I feel like Autumn is really here, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s a great course and I have a great host family that I’m staying with.
“It’s just fun to be up on the leader board. I’ve had a really tough season so I’m enjoying the moment.”
Madrid Open champion Trivino recovered from an opening bogey to card five birdies on her way to the clubhouse.
“I’m very happy with today’s performance. I think this course is very tough, so getting a four-under is very positive for tomorrow. Overall, I stayed patient, hit some really good shots and was able to recover from my misses.
“The wind here can blow, especially by the lakeside and it can get really cold, so it can get tough out there. I’m loving it here, though. I told the volunteers that I’ve never been here before but I’m loving it. It’s a great experience. I just feel the love from everyone, so no pressure at all.”