Matt Fitzpatrick Maintained the halfway lead as Andrew Johnston, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell in the Open all Proceeded into contention on two.
While Johnston, Rose and McDowell head into the weekend three fitzpatrick fired a 65 to top the leaderboard on 10 hammering the clubhouse lead away from long-time pacesetter Joachim B Hansen.
The likes of Matt Wallace and Tyrrell Hatton are nicely placed after 36 holes, but there was disappointment for the home fans as two-time winner Francesco Molinari bowed out together with Open champion Shane Lowry and Paul Casey.
Fitzpatrick birdied two of their first few holes either side of a bogey in the moment, which proved to be his only mistake of an excellent day in Ogliata, together with birdies at the sixth and ninth taking the Englishman into the turn at 32.
The 25-year-old drew level with Hansen after he picked up shots at 14 and 15, and he shortly found himself as the leader with a well-judged two-putt from long range for his seventh advantage of the day in the penultimate hole.
It was a really, very solid day, Fitzpatrick said, without a win since landing his fifth European Tour title with a successful defence of the Omega European Masters crown in Switzerland 11 weeks ago.
I figured something out with my irons after the next gap, and I just needed to find a tiny bit more attic on it going back, something I have been working on since Wentworth, really. I just felt considerably more familiar with my irons, and that I just missed one green then.
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Hansen had earlier put a testing goal in the clubhouse later returning an entertaining 66, highlighted with a superb hole out from the fairway to an eagle-two in the 481-yard fifth, while Rose seemed set to make at least a share of the lead before he gasped finished his final two holes.
Back-to-back birdies at four and five raised the entire world No 5 to eight with four holes to playbut he halted his strategy into the eighth into water and ran up a double-bogey six, and Rose had to fight hard to avoid dropping another shot nine because he settled for a 69.
Shubhankar Sharma (69) and Rory Sabbatini (70) were alongside Rose on seven under after the afternoon session, using Johnston and McDowell which makes it an four-way tie for third late in the day.
Steak added a steady four-birdie 68 to his opening 67, while McDowell atoned for dropped shots at 11 and 13 with a birdie in the second before holing a fantastic putt for eagle at 17, though he had been a fraction off line that has a great birdie chance on the final green as he carded a 66.
The way I played 17 was quite pleasing, the former US Open champion said. The 17th is an ideal instance of this golf course. And you can create eagles and birdies, however if you hit a great drive, its 240 into the flag with a although it is a gap that is challenging if you escape place.
I am just enjoying myself out there. It is a fun golf course to play, and I think it plays into sort of my kind of sport. Youve got to grind it on a little bit, and Im looking forward to being in contention this weekend.
Till he restored his challenge with a magnificent series of three consecutive birdies followed by an eagle at the 15th wallace was one over for his round with a seven to play with, and three final pars capped also a score of six and a battling 67 beneath.
Hatton, who enjoyed a light-hearted moment on the fourth when his fiancee diverted him mid-swing when exiting a bathroom, fired a 69 to reach five under, while Eduardo guaranteed the Molinari family would be used at the weekend as an out-of-sorts Francesco stumbled to a 76 and missed the cut by five shots.
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