Jbe Kruger reduced his bogey count in round two of the Macau Open and shot three-under-par to secure a spot at ninth, ahead of the cut in the $750,000 event at Macau Golf Club on Friday.
Kruger, who is looking to improve on his current position of fourth in the Asian TourÂs Order of Merit, will be pleased with his card of 68 and a move of 22 spots up the leaderboard.
The 25-year-old played through a calm front nine, which started on the 10th and contained just one deviance from par Â a birdie on the 16th.
After quietly building confidence through the turn, Kruger opened up and birdied the second, fourth and fifth for a move to four-under.
Ambition cost Kruger in the closing stages of his round, with dropped shots coming on the sixth and eighth, but he did well to recover a stroke with a birdie on his final hole.
A Two-time winner, Kruger currently lies five shots off a lead held by TaiwanÂs Chan Yih-shin, who raced to nine-under with rounds of 66 and 67 respectively.
Fellow South Africans Peter Karmis, James Kamte and Tjaart van der Walt all join the afternoon field and will be keen to match KrugerÂs form.
For Kruger much is at stake, and come tomorrow he can be expected to challenge for the top spot.