Danny Willett still had a share of the lead at the end of his second round at the BMW International in Germany.
The Rotherham golfer shot a four under par 68 on the second day at Gut Larchenhof to maintain his place at the top of the leaderboard on -12.
It was another flawless round for the 26-year-old who did not drop a shot.
Playing partner Rafa Cabrera-Bello also shot -4 to finish -12 and maintain his share of the lead.
Willett, struggling with a neck injury, had a wild shank at his last - the ninth - which narrowly crept over the water and landed just short of the 18th green from where he escaped with par.
Fellow Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal joined the pair on -12 after carding a superb nine under par 63.
However, their status at the top of the pile is under threat after some major charges from the field.
Argentinian Emiliano Grillo is poised on -11 after 13 holes while plenty of the field have yet to begin their second round.
“I’ve played the 18th quite a few times the last few years and I decided to play it again today,” Willett joked after his 155-yard approach to the ninth flew off to the right and just carried the lake guarding the 18th.
“It is just embarrassing. The neck twinged a bit and that was how I was hitting it on the range on Tuesday which is why I didn’t play pro-am on Wednesday.”
“It was quite a nice flighted one that luckily carried the water and it was a good four in the end.”
With scoring low Willett said it was difficult to predict what would be required to win this weekend.
“You can’t take anything for granted. The winning score could be relatively low,” he told Sky Sports.