Consistent Korean Jiyai Shin, big-hitting Canadian Brooke Henderson and England's Holly Clyburn have defied brutal winds to share the lead halfway through the third round of the Ladies Masters.
The weather, a legacy of Cyclone Winston that devastated Fiji this week, played havoc with scoring at Royal Pines on Saturday.
Shin, vastly experienced in all conditions, was even with the card for the opening seven holes but took the outright lead with a birdie on the short, par-four eighth.
Henderson, who had dropped a stroke on the eighth, answered the challenge with a birdie in the ninth to tie the Korean at nine under.
Clyburn, who had been one shot off the pace at the turn, entered the fray with a birdie on the 10th to join Shin and Henderson in the lead.
Overnight leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Camilla Lennarth, who started the day at 10 under, struggled in the wind and slipped down the leaderboard.
Shin is playing disciplined golf while Henderson, an 18-year-old who espouses the "no fear" mantra of youth, has tempered her aggression with good results.
Clyburn, a powerful hitter from the tee, had three birdies in 10 holes and conceded a solitary bogey on the par-four fourth.
Diminutive Queensland amateur Becky Kay upstaged many of her professional rivals to be even par after 14 holes. The year 12 student, who barely weighs 50kg, had made four birdies during her round.
Players who went out early were not exempt from the winds: Laura Davies, a three-time Masters champion, carded 85 and Queenslander Bree Arthur 86.