Matt Fitzpatrick Maintained the halfway lead as Andrew Johnston Justin Rose along with Graeme McDowell all Proceeded into contention on two.
While Johnston, Rose and McDowell head to the weekend only three behind fitzpatrick fired a seven-birdie 65 to the leaderboard on 10 hammering the clubhouse lead from long distance pacesetter Joachim B Hansen.
The likes of Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Wallace are well set after 36 holes, but there was disappointment for the home fans as two-time winner Francesco Molinari bowed out together with Open winner Shane Lowry and Paul Casey.
Fitzpatrick birdied two of their first three holes both sides of a bogey in the moment, which was his only mistake of a superb day in Ogliata, together with further birdies at the ninth and sixth taking the Englishman to the turn at 32.
The 25-year-old drew par with Hansen after he picked up shots at 14 and 15, and he soon found himself since the leader with a well-judged two-putt from long range due to his seventh gain of the day at the penultimate hole.
It was just a really, very solid afternoon, Fitzpatrick said, with a win since landing his fifth European Tour title with a powerful defence of the Omega European Masters summit in Switzerland 11 months ago.
I figured something out with my irons following the next gap, and I just needed to get a little bit more attic on it moving back, something Ive been working on since Wentworth, really. I just felt far more familiar with my skates, and I just missed one green after that.
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Hansen had previously set a testing goal in the clubhouse later returning a fun 66, highlighted with a superb hole from the fairway to an eagle-two in the 481-yard minute, while Rose seemed set to make at least a share of the lead until he faltered over his final two holes.
Back-to-back birdies at four and five lifted the entire world No 5 to eight under with four holes to playwith, but he halted his approach into the eighth to water and ran up a double-bogey six, and Rose had to fight hard to avoid dropping another shot at nine since he settled for a 69.
Shubhankar Sharma (69) and Rory Sabbatini (70) were together Rose around seven under after the morning session, together with Johnston and McDowell making it a four-way tie for third 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 at the second before holing a excellent putt for eagle at 17, although he was a fraction off line with a fantastic birdie chance on the last green as he carded a 66.
The way I played 17 was quite pleasing, the former US Open champion said. The 17th is a perfect illustration of this golf course. And youre able to create eagles and birdies, but if you hit a fantastic drive, its 240 to the flag with a although it is a hard hole if you get out of position.
I am just enjoying myself out there. It is a fun golf course to playwith, and I think it plays into form of my type of sport. Youve got to grind it on a little bit, and Im looking forward to being in contention this weekend
Wallace was one around to play with till he revived his struggle with a series of three straight birdies followed by an eagle at the 15th, and 3 final pars restricted a rating of six plus a battling 67 below.
Hatton, who enjoyed a light-hearted second about the fourth if his fiancee diverted him mid-swing when leaving a bathroom, fired a 69 to get to five under, while Eduardo guaranteed the Molinari family could be employed at the weekend as a out-of-sorts Francesco stumbled to a 76 and missed the cut by five shots.
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