Ross Fisher's promise to "try and go for everything" paid handsome dividends when the Dubai World Championship presented by: DP World resumed today.
Rank outsider of the four players left fighting for The European Tour money list title, Fisher needed to finish first or second just to have a chance and at halfway was down in 39th spot.
But although he bogeyed the short fourth for the second day running there were also five birdies in his opening eight holes as the Volvo World Match Play Championship winner moved up to 15th.
At four under par he had reduced his deficit on leader Lee Westwood - one of his Order of Merit rivals - from nine shots to five, but at least it gave him encouragement not to give up the chase.
Fisher birdied the second and third and then had three more in a row from the short sixth.
Fellow Englishman Danny Willett played the first seven in five under, but then came three successive bogeys and a double bogey at the 476 yard 12th to send him tumbling back down to two over.
Alongside Fisher, though, was another of his compatriots Graeme Storm, who hit back from an opening 78 with a 66 yesterday and set off again with three more birdies before picking up another on the long seventh.
Westwood led by two from a group that included Rory McIlroy, the 20 year old Northern Irishman who tops the money list by over €128,000 and is still in the running to become the youngest European Tour number one since Seve Ballesteros won it at 19 in 1976.
He would miss out, however, if Westwood wins the tournament and even if the Worksop golfer slips to second McIlroy still cannot afford to finish below him.
German Martin Kaymer, third in the race, remained only two under after two holes.
Fisher knew he had to keep mistakes to an absolute minimum, but he bogeyed the ninth and tenth and on two under he had a mountain to climb again.
So did Kaymer, whose bogey at the third left him one under, but Chris Wood's rollercoaster ride continued when he turned in 33 and added birdies on the 10th and 14th to climb back to five under.
The 21 year old was joint second after his opening 66, but crashed to a 78 yesterday.
Westwood and McIlroy both kicked off with par fours, but they were achieved in very different fashion.
McIlroy was first and missed a five-foot birdie chance - his two late bogeys yesterday were both the result of three-putting - while Westwood was bunkered and made an 18 footer to remain nine under.
He had been joined, though, by the birdie-birdie start from Colombian Camilo Villegas.