Colin Montgomerie and Tom Watson both refused to throw in the towel despite watching Bernhard Langer open up a seven-shot halfway lead in the Senior Open Championship in Wales.
Langer, the 2010 winner, followed up an opening 65 with an equally impressive 66 at Royal Porthcawl to sit well clear of the field on 11-under-par.
Montgomerie and Watson also shot second-day 66s to sit four-under and two-under respectively, with the Scot sharing second spot with unheralded Englishman Chris Williams.
“All credit to Bernhard,” admitted Montgomerie, winner of both the US Senior PGA and US Senior Open titles this season. “His methodical and clinical approach is so impressive – the same as the (German) football team really, isn’t it? Due to the way he’s playing, it’s a massive mountain for us, but we’ll do our best over the weekend.
“Believe me, I’ll be doing my utmost to try and make this as interesting as possible.”
Five-times Open winner Watson added: “Bernhard is running away with it, but this course has the potential to throw up some real problems.”
Capital star Andrew Oldcorn d dropped from fourth overnight to joint-44th after a 78. He was a shot ahead of Archerfield ace DJ Russell.