Waring and Otto lead the way
Paul Waring and Hennie Otto inspired each other to claim a share of the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Portugal Masters.
Playing in the same group in in Vilamoura, Waring and Otto recorded 14 birdies and one eagle between them to finish 12 under par at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Waring returning a flawless 63 and Otto a 64.
Waring, who enjoyed the first top-five finish of his European Tour career in the Spanish Open in April and has had three more top-10s since, said: "I think the lovely weather's had a bit of a hand in it. I played nice, kept control of my golf ball well, hit it close a few times and holed a few putts.
"I've been playing better for the last few months; I lost by one in Valencia, two in Gleneagles, been knocking on the door a few times so it's nice to keep myself in contention week on week."
Waring, playing on a medical exemption after an operation on a serious wrist injury, is currently 86th on the Race to Dubai and added: "If I can get into one of these big four events (the inaugural Final Series) at the end of the season that would be great.
"I am not going to put too much pressure on myself, I've had a medical (exemption) all year so it's nice to get back into a proper category for next year."
Austria's Bernd Wiesberger completed a 65 to lie one shot off the lead on 11 under, with South African Justin Walters another shot back after a 63.
The 32-year-old from Johannesburg is 126th on the money list with only the top 110 after next week's Perth International keeping their card for next season, but has had that situation put into perspective recently.
"We had a family crisis this year, two weeks ago my mum passed away and with her she really took all the pressure," Walters told Sky Sports 2.
"I haven't really worried like I have as much and I think my game is in much better shape because of that. I am pretty calm out there and I thank her for that."