(CNN) -- Robert Karlsson made a dramatic overnight dash from his home in Monte Carlo before setting a course record 62 to charge into a tie for second at the European PGA Championships at Wentworth.
The former European number one flew home on Friday convinced he had missed the halfway cut at three over par after two rounds.
But Karlsson was about 500 meters from his home in the principality when he found out that he had indeed made the final two rounds.
With regular flights from nearby Nice already gone, Karlsson was forced to fly to Paris and then charter a jet at the cost of $11,000 to make his early morning tee time at the course in the London suburbs.
With less than two hours sleep after his adventures, Karlsson did not rate his chances, but he proceeded to rip up the newly-designed West Course with nine birdies.
It left him tied with Danny Willett on six-under par and only trailing another Englishman, Chris Wood, by two shots ahead of Sunday's final round.
"I was not happy on Friday night. But I felt as if I had a second chance and I wanted to go out and take it," he told gathered reporters.
"My caddy said 'We have been invited back to this party -- let's party'. It is the most unexpected round of my career. It was not perfect and I was in trouble a number of times. I have played better but my putter was very, very hot.
"I have been in the situation before. You just make the cut and you can just go out and play and enjoy it - if you don't play well, nobody cares."
Karlsson's unexpected heroics overshadowed a fine 67 by Wood, who top-five finishes in the last two British Opens and is determined to make his breakthrough in the prestigious tournament.
"I never felt in complete control of the ball and I hit a few loose shots -- and I didn't think I hit the ball that well but I scored well," he said.
Overnight leader Luke Donald is a shot further back on five under after a scrambling round of 72.
Defending champion Paul Casey and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland are another stroke adrift along with Scot Stephen Gallacher, South African James Kingston and Germany's Marcel Siem.
But other big names have struggled with world number three Lee Westwood and Ireland's Rory McIlroy on four and three over par respectively, while course designer Ernie Els had a 76 to drop out of contention.