Kofstad in commanding position
Norway's Espen Kofstad remained the man to catch in the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor.
Kofstad was in the first group out at 7:25am on Thursday morning alongside Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and made a brilliant first impression in the opening qualifying event with an opening 64.
That set a clubhouse target of seven under par that was never matched, with England's Chris Wood and Australian Richard Green coming closest with rounds of 66.
Green was among the early starters on Friday and began with three straight pars before a rollercoaster run of figures which began with a bogey on the 14th.
The left-hander quickly made amends in spectacular fashion by driving the green on the short par-four 15th and leaving himself just four feet from the pin, duly converting for an eagle two.
However, a bogey on the tough 16th was followed by another on the par-five 18th, where the 42-year-old from Melbourne had to hole from 30ft just to salvage a six after finding the water in front of the green.
That left Green three shots off the lead on four under par, with France's Gregory Bourdy moving into a share of second place on five under with a birdie on the 14th.
The best scoring of the day had been coming from Sweden's Joel Sjoholm, who had birdied his first five holes and also picked up a shot on the 10th, although that was only enough to get him back to three over par after an opening 80.
And Sjoholm's chances of making the cut looked to have disappeared when he ran up a double bogey on the 12th.
Kofstad had made the ideal start yesterday with birdies at the first two holes and began his second round in similar fashion, a birdie on the par-five 11th taking him to eight under par.
That was two shots ahead of nearest challenger Liam Bond, the Welshman making the most of his opportunity after only getting into the event as a last-minute injury replacement.
Bond, who does not have a full European Tour card, carded an opening 69 and had recorded five birdies and just one bogey today to lie six under with three holes remaining.