Rory McIlroy turned in a two-under-par 34 during the second round of the Irish Open.
Last year's US Open champion bogeyed the short 14th, but had his third birdie of the day two holes later.
By then, however, joint overnight leader Gregory Bourdy and Italian Lorenzo Gagli were six clear of him.
Bourdy eagled the 528-yard second and birdied the next to reach 10 under, while Gagli packed seven birdies and a bogey into his first 11 holes.
Darren Clarke's third birdie came on the 15th, but after a back-nine 33 he bogeyed the first to be three under and joint 38th.
Scot Gary Orr and Finn Mikko Ilonen were joint third at eight under and then came Jeev Milkha Singh - one of the afternoon starters who shared the first-round lead with Bourdy - Frenchman Edouard Dubois and Swede Oscar Floren on seven under.