Stuart Manley continues to lead the way at the Portugal Masters after a four under par 68 took him to 11 under for the tournament.
The Welshman’s efforts at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course give him a two shot lead over Magnus A Carlsson and Paul Lawrie.
Manley had led overnight after an opening 65 in which he played his back nine in five under par.
And he again shone in the second half of his round thanks to an eagle at the par five 12th and birdies at the 15th and 16th.
On the way out he had produced a birdie at the second but bogeyed the seventh.
After a 69 yesterday Carlsson made consecutive birdies at the second and third and followed that up with another at the par five fifth.
He picked up another shot at the 509 yard par four seventh to complete a magnificent front nine 32 and his good form continued after the turn with a birdie at the 11th.
And when he picked up a birdie at the par three 13th for the second day running Carlsson had opened up a two shot lead.
Carlsson birdied the short par four 15th but a dropped shot at the next saw him finish with a 66.
Lawrie joined Carlsson on nine under after a bogey free seven under par round of 65.
The Scot birdied the second, the fifth and the eighth on the way out.
After the turn he picked up shots at the tenth, 12th, 14th and 15th.
Grégory Bourdy, Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, Jyoti Randhawa and Jean-François Lucquin are all one shot further back on eight under.
Bourdy recorded a five under par 67 to go eight under for the halfway stage.
For the second day running the Frenchman produced a bogey free round, with birdies coming at the second and the fifth on the way out.
He birdied the 546 yard par five 12th and then recorded back to back birdies at the 14th and 15th.
Randhawa followed yesterday’s 66 with a two under par 70 which contained six birdies and four bogeys.
In stark contrast to yesterday’s bogey free round, the Indian dropped shots at the first two holes.
He recovered with consecutive birdies at the fourth and fifth and went three under for the day with birdies at the eighth, ninth and tenth.
Dropped shots at the 11th and 14th came either side of a birdie at the 12th before four consecutive pars completed a back nine 36.
For Lucquin there was no repeat of yesterday’s hole in one but he did birdie the eighth - the 168 yard par three where his ace came yesterday.
He also strung together four birdies in a row from the 12th to the 15th but three bogeys left him to sign for a three under par 69.
Aguilar’s second successive 68 started with birdies at the first three holes.
That flying start was steadied by a bogey at the sixth, but another three birdies and a bogey on the back nine leave the South American with a real chance going into the weekend.
On the course, Mark Foster and Alvaro Quiros - both in a tie for second after the first round - are one under for the day and seven under for the tournament after seven and four holes respectively.
Play had to be halted for a short time this morning while a marshal was rescued from a lake.
The man was on duty at the seventh as Jean van de Velde - famous for his water exploits in the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, of course - came to the hole.
He lost his balance and fell in and because he could not swim another marshal went into the lake to perform a rescue act.