Rory Sabbatini added a second-round 70 to his strong opening 68 to hold a share of 25th at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic at The Mines Resort and Golf Club on Thursday.
Four-under-par Sabbatini remained in the running, but has much work to do in order to catch leader Jeff Overton, who sho an immaculate second-round 62 hold a one-stroke lead at 13-under.
SabbatiniÂs first round began on a low note when he bogeyed the fourth, but birdies at the sixth and eighth secured his round as he made the turn at one-under.
A pair of birdies at the 10th and 11th took Sabbo to three-under and he held the score after bogeys at the 14th and 18th offset birdies at the 15th and 17th.
He closed the first day tied for 12th at three-under.
On the second day a bogey at the second punctured SabbatiniÂs round and he went on to card par throughout the remaining holes of his front nine and turn at one-over.
For the second consecutive day he birdied the 10th and 11th, but drops at the par-four 12th and 15th nullified the effort from Sabbo.
He closed the round well with birdies at the 17th and 18th before signing for his second-round 70.
Further afield is Jbe Kruger, who has played careful golf to card consecutive 70s.
Kruger holds a share of 34th at two-under-par and could earn a decent cheque if he cards well during the next two rounds.
Sabbatini is experienced enough to know that he must stick to his guns and play the game he knows.
Despite the nine stroke gap to the lead, Sabbatini remains within striking distance and needs to turn it on during the third round in order to set himself up for a final-round challenge in Malaysia.