Michael Hoey fired a brilliant seven under par 65 to move into contention at the BMW International Open in Germany.
Hoey trails Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello by two shots at Munich’s Eichenried Golf Club.
“I knew the greens would be better today, and I putted well,” said Michael.
“There was an opportunity today to shoot seven under, which I did.
“I’m very happy with my putting which is the main thing. I scored really well, and obviously in pro golf on this golf course, you have to score well.
“I didn’t flush the golf ball 100 per cent but scored really well.
“I couldn’t have got more out of my round, which is really satisfying, instead of hitting the ball great and not scoring that well.”
The 36-year-old added, “I thought the cut was probably going to be on two under, so you just have to play well no matter what. Somebody is going to get to 24 under.
“You have to stay aggressive, which is quite good. It’s quite enjoyable to just go at it.”
Rafael Cabrera-Bello has finished fourth, 13th and second in his last three Euro tour events but bogeyed the 72nd hole in the Irish Open to miss out on a play-off and could only manage a closing 72 when entering the final round of the Lyoness Open just two off the lead.
“On some occasions I have been a little unfortunate, other occasions the competition is very hard and other people have just outplayed me,” said Cabrera-Bello.
Ireland’s Peter Lawrie is well placed on seven under, with Shane Lowry and Kevin Phelan a couple of shots back on five under.
Damien McGrane and Darren Clarke also made it through to the weekend on three under par.
Over on the Challenge Tour, Chris Selfridge carded a six under par 65 to force his way into the hunt at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Scotland.
England’s Gary Boyd leads the way on 14 under, six shots ahead of Selfridge.