- Hennie Otto took a three-shot lead in the Italian Open in Turin following Friday's second round.
The 38-year-old South African carded an incredible 10-under-par 62 to surge into the lead having started the day a shot behind Italian Francesco Molinari and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.
But following a miserable opening round 72, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher gave his Ryder Cup chances a boost with a 65.
He needs to finish in the top two in order to overtake Graeme McDowell and earn an automatic spot on the European team at Gleneagles next month.
Having begun the day six shots off that position, he clawed back a shot on second-placed Wiesberger.
But before he even started his round he admitted the leader board -- on which Otto and Wiesberger had already come home -- made depressing reading.
The South African was 15 under par with Wiesberger at 12-under and Gallacher on par.