They took the Englishman, nine times a runner-up on The European Tour without ever winning, into a six-way tie for fourth on six under, but he then finished the back nine with a bogey.
Rowe, who had to come through qualifying at the start of the week, bogeyed the 13th and 16th, but in between came two more birdies and he then produced a superb approach to within three feet of the final flag.
Holing the birdie putt gave him a six under par 66 and a nine under halfway total of 135.
Compatriot Thomas Aiken had become his closest challenger by then, while Wilson was six under and joint sixth with two to go and Scot Lloyd Saltman, also fighting for his European Tour card, joined him with an eagle at the eighth.
Els was on the same mark after an eventful start to the outward half. The 42 year old, striving to climb back into the world's top 50, birdied the first and second, bogeyed the next two, but then made further birdies at the fifth and sixth.
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