Dutchman Taco Remkes and Dane Jeff Winther were tied at the top at the halfway stage of the KPMG Trophy in Belgium, on a day when Frenchman Charles-Edouard Russo set a new course record.
Russo signed for a flawless eight under par 64 in the morning, before Remkes and Winther went one better than his nine under par total with rounds of 67 and 69 respectively in the afternoon.
Remkes, 30, had an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys, while Winther birdied the last two holes to move into a share of top spot at Golf de Pierpont.
“My putting was so good today,” said Remkes, who won three times on the Challenge Tour in 2008. “It was actually ridiculous at one stage, I was holing everything. And I chipped in from about eight metres for eagle on the sixth, which was a bonus.
“I holed a couple of long ones but I missed one or two short ones, so it all evens out in the end. But ten under par makes me very happy.
“It feels like it’s been forever since I was last in this position.
“I haven’t won since 2008 so we’ll see what happens. There’s a long way to go so I’m not even thinking about anything other than trying to play well tomorrow.”
Winther played his first full season on the Challenge Tour last year having graduated from the Nordic League in 2013, and finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
“It’s nice to see the hard work paying off, because it’s so frustrating when nothing happens.
“In the last month I’ve been really trying to stay calmer on the course. Whether I hit a bad shot or a good shot, I stay in the same mood and just try to do my best.”
Scotland’s Jamie McLeary and Czech player Jan Caroufek both had holes-in-one, at the 13th and 15th respectively.
McLeary said: “That was my seventh in total but first one for 11 years. The last three have all been with my eight iron, and also with that club I holed out twice in a row from the fairway a couple of years ago. I was playing a practice round and hit two approaches and holed them both.”