Ulster's Garth McGimpsey stayed in the hunt for the British Seniors Open title on the Old Course at Walton Heath yesterday with another solid round.
The former Walker Cup captain and British Amateur champion from Bangor returned a level par 72 for a 36-hole aggregate of 142.
He goes into the final round this morning in joint second spot three strokes behind American Paul Simpson, who fired a stunning 69 yesterday to add to his 70 the previous day.
Level with McGimpsey is another American Danny Yates who had led after an impressive opening round.
McGimpsey's highlight was an eagle three at the 512-yard 13th, while he had birdies on three holes going out and two coming home.
A double bogey at the 17th took some of the gloss off the day but not enough to spoilt the round.
Several Irishmen have been showing up well with Doneraile's Michael Quirke returning a 70, despite finishing with a bogey, for a 145 aggregate and Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow posting a 71 yesterday for a 147 total.
Tipperary's Arthur Pierse, the 2007 champion saw his chances of a second title all but disappear when he could do no better than a 76 to add to an opening 73.