Cormac Sharvin is just four shots off the lead after carding a second round 67 at the Hero Open in Birmingham.
Sharvin is tied for fifth on 7 under par.
Spanish leader Sergio Garcia Rodriguez is 11 under and leading by two strokes after 5 holes of his second round.
Jonathan Caldwell is 2 under overall after two holes today while Paul Dunne is 1 under after the turn.
Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from next week's US PGA Championship in San Francisco.
The 2008 champion hasn't played in America since the season resumed last month.
Italy’s Edoardo Molinari has also pulled out.