Former major winners John Daly and Rich Beem found themselves within two shots of the lead at the Sicilian Open on Friday as a bottleneck built up at the Verdura Golf Resort.
No fewer than 25 players ended the second day within two shots of the lead, which was shared by six players.
Beem had a second straight 69 for a six-under halfway total, while Daly charged into a share of the lead before dropping two shots in his final three holes.
“Anybody can win this tournament because there are so many players close to the lead,” Daly said. “So that makes it really exciting.”
With just five shots between the leading group on eight-under and the cut line at three-under, the tournament equaled the European Tour record for the fewest number of strokes between the two marks.
Maarten Lafeber, Jamie Donaldson, David Lynn, Pelle Edberg, Simon Wakefield and Peter Lawrie lead at eight-under.