Dean Burmester remains in contention at the Italian Open despite Laurie Canter extending his lead at the top of the leaderboard during the second round.
After opening his week with a solid 64 the South African was a tad more composed throughout Friday’s action by shooing a four-under-par 68 at Chervò Golf Club.
Burmester made a frantic start to his second round by rolling in four birdies on the front nine but was made to work a bit as he came home with two drop shots on the 12th and 17th holes.
As a result, the 31-year-old will head into the week in Brescia on 12 under par and in 3rd place for the event, four strokes behind Canter.
The Englishman managed to build on flying start from the opening round by also adding a round of 68 on Friday to leave him on 16 under par.
Canter will, however, carry a two-shot lead into moving day over countryman Ross McGowan, who finished the day in second spot on 14 under thanks to a brilliant second-round 64.
Louis de Jager also continued his good start to the Italian Open when he shot a consecutive round of 68 on Thursday to finish the day on eight under par and in T16, while fellow South African Bryce Easton is one stroke behind on seven under.
Justin Walters, JC Ritchie and Wilco Nienaber will unfortunately not be in action over the weekend after they missed the cut, which was set at 4 under.