Michael Hoey carded a second round 69 to stay within touching distance of the leaders at the BMW International Open in Germany.
Hoey endured something of a rollercoaster round which began with a triple bogey seven at the first, but he carded nine birdies in total at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof to finish the day on nine under, three shots behind the leaders.
“There’s a lot of birdies on this course, the par fives are reachable and it’s enjoyable because you can make eagles and birdies,” said Michael.
“I think the course sets up well for me. If I’m swinging it well I can hit it a reasonable distance and get some scoring opportunities but at the same time you can’t be too greedy because there is a lot of water out there.”
Meanwhile, Yorkshireman Danny Willett was able to laugh off a stiff neck and shoulder and an amateur-like shank at his last hole as he maintained his share of the lead.He saw his 155-yard approach to the ninth veer wildly off to the right.
From there the 2012 champion saved par to keep a bogey off his card as he finished with a 68 - matched by playing partner and co-leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello - to post 12 under for 36 holes.
They were later joined by another Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and Argentinian Emiliano Grillo.
Gareth Maybin’s second round 70 saw him miss the cut while Shane Lowry carded a second round 68 to join Hoey on nine under par.