Jaco Ahlers had to put his head down on Thursday and graft to make the cut in the second round of the Worldwide Holding Selangor Masters at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Singapore.
He picked up three birdies in the final five holes to move to one-under-par 143 at the halfway mark of the tournament, seven shots off the lead of Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.
It was a day of rain which made scoring more difficult than on the opening day, when Finnish rookie Joonas Granberg fired a course-record 62 Â a far cry from his three-over 75 in the second round which left him in second place.
Tjaart van der Walt, who was second after the opening round with his seven-under-par 65, carded a two-over-par 74 and slipped to a share of 14th on the leaderboard.
He and Ahlers were the only South Africans to make the cut, together with Sunshine Tour veteran Adilson Da Silva of Brazil.
The man who is currently in fourth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, JbeÂ Kruger, missed out after his second-successive 73.
Ahead of him, James Kamte and Peter Karmis missed the cut by one: Kamte carded a level-par 72, and KarmisÂ three-under 69 was too many by just one stroke.