Grant Hamerton kept his position at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the PGA of Austria Masters in Kitzbuhel, but he is under pressure from another Englishman, Iain Pyman.
Hamerton added a 70 to his opening 63 for a nine under par 133, a shot better than Pyman, one of two players to shoot 65 in perfect condition at the Eichenheim course.
Pyman, who badly needs a victory or a high finish to lift him up the Order of \Merit from his current 45th position, went out in 31 with five birdies and added three more in a homeward 34 to climb to eight under.
A shot further back on 135 are four players including Scotland's Steven O'Hara, making his Challenge Tour debut after helping GB&I win the Walker Cup in America last month.
O'Hara is proving he is well at home in the professional ranks after carding a 67 to lie joint third along with Sweden’s Daniel Chopra, Marc Pendaries from France, and Germany’s Marcel Siem.
Another Scot, Scott Drummond, also carded a 65 to lie joint seventh on 136 along with four other players including local hope, Niki Zitny.
The cut came at one under par 141 with 53 players including one amateur surviving for the final two rounds.
Among those who fell by the wayside was England’s Mark Foster, current leader of the rankings, who finished on 142 after a second 71.