SHEFFIELD'S Danny Willett dipped seven shots below his first-round effort at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to give himself a chance of making the cut.
He stood on the one-under-par overall mark after carding a four-under-par 68 that included only one bogey.
Willett's opening 75 had included five bogeys, but on Friday the only blemish on his card came at the 16th hole.
He had started his round at the 10th, and birdied it, and also birdied holes 15, 18, six and seven.
His fellow Sheffielder Matt Fitzpatrick is on five-under-par 139 after adding a second round 71 to Thursday's 68.
He, too, started at the 10th, but with a bogey. Nine consecutive pars followed before he ensured successive under-par rounds with birdies at the second and eighth holes.
Malton's Simon Dyson, playing only his third tournament after a seven-month lay-off following wrist surgery, is on course to make his first cut of the season.
He complemented Thursday's 69 with a level-par 72 and remains in his overnight position of three under.
After a level-par outward nine, due to a birdie at seven being immediately followed by a bogey at eight, he produced an assortment of pars, bogeys and birdies on the back nine - three of each.
Harrogate's John Parry is facing a fourth straight missed cut after shooting 72 73 for one-over 145.
He had dropped three shots by the fifth hole, with two going at the second, but got them back within the space of the next five holes.
However, a birdie at the last only repaired half the damage sustained with bogeys at 14 and 16.
England's Andy Sullivan followed a flying start with an equally fast finish to further impress Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke by setting the clubhouse target.
After the start of play had been delayed by almost three hours due to thick fog, Sullivan began his round with three straight birdies and ended it the same way to card a second successive 67.
At 10 under par the 28-year-old held a two-shot lead over American amateur Bryson DeChambeau, who was in the last match out and, along with the marquee group of Jordan Spieth, At 10 under par the former supermarket shelf-stacker led by one from American amateur Bryson DeChambeau, who had nine holes remaining, with the marquee group of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler completing 13 holes before darkness fell.