(CNN) -- Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez leads at the halfway stage of the Scandinavian Masters in Malmo after a second successive 68 on the the Barseback course in Sweden.
Turnberry hero Tom Watson has found it tougher going in the British Seniors Open and trails leader Fred Funk by seven shots.
Gonzales went into the clubhouse on 135 - 10-under-par - to lead by two shots from England's Lee Slattery who added a 70 to his first round leading 67.
Both men are languishing in the 150s in the Race to Dubai, but both have found form this week in the monster 7,665 yard par-73 layout which is the longest in European Tour history.
Gonzalez, who failed to qualify for the British Open last week, went home to his farm in Argentina and put in a week of hard graft to get away from golf for a time.
"I started at around eight o'clock each day and worked through until about seven," the 39-year-old told the official Tour Web site www.europeantour.com.
Slattery also took a week off to walk in the Lake District and collect his thoughts.
"I had to stop thinking about golf for a while," he said.
Joint third on six-under, four behind Gonzalez, are Scotland's promising young star Richie Ramsay and Swede Martin Erlandsson.
Ramsay is also looking to hit back after an opening 77 at the British Open left him way off the place.
Defending champion Peter Hanson survived the halfway cut by one shot after a second round 73 to leave him one-over, the same mark as Sweden's top-ranked golfer Henrik Stenson.
In the British Seniors Open at Sunningdale, American Fred Funk eagled the 18th for a five-under 65 to lead with a record 11-under 129 at halfway.
Scotland's Sam Torrance is his nearest challenger at eight-under with British Open hero Tom Watson in a tie for sixth at four-under after a 69.
Funk began the tournament with an opening round of 64 and did not drop a shot for the second day running.