Molinari, Jamieson on the march
Seve Trophy rivals Francesco Molinari and Scott Jamieson both charged into contention for the Portugal Masters on another day of low scoring.
Molinari, twice a runner-up in this event in 2009 and 2010, only made the halfway cut right on the mark of two under par after running up a double-bogey six on the 18th in Friday's second round.
But the Ryder Cup star, whose victory over Chris Wood in the final singles match also secured the Seve Trophy for Continental Europe on Sunday, stormed up the leaderboard with an outward half of 31 before picking up further birdies on the 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course.
That lifted the Italian to 10 under par and just two shots off the overnight lead shared by English duo David Lynn and Paul Waring and South African Hennie Otto, who were still more than an hour and a half away from beginning their third rounds.
Jamieson's scoring burst was even more spectacular, the Scot covering the front nine in just 29 with six birdies and picking up another shot on the 10th to join Molinari on 10 under.