Scotsman Scott Jamieson is two strokes off the lead halfway through the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.
The 39-year-old followed up his five-under 67 on day one with a 69 on Friday to move to eight under.
Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Guido Migliozzi jointly lead with 10 under, one ahead of Australia’s Jason Scrivener.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry is seven under, two ahead of European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald and fellow Englanders Tyrrell Hatton and Daniel Bradbury.
Donald led with eight under after the first round, but had a triple bogey six-over-par three 17th en route to a three-for-75.
Jamieson started brilliantly with three birdies in his first six holes, but then mixed three more birdies with three bogeys in his remaining 12 holes to reach eight under.
Molinari, who started his round on the 10th hole, birdied six in his last nine holes to match his 67 in the first round, while Migliozzi birdied in his last three holes to join his compatriot at the top of the standings.
Several players were unable to complete the second round before darkness descended on Yas Links. These players will return on Saturday morning before the start of the third round.