Danny Willett produced one of the best rounds of the day to get his BMW Masters campaign back on track.
The Sheffield golfer fired a three under par round of 69 to finish the second round tied for 28th on a difficult day of golf.
Only 14 players produced a better round than the 28-year-old on day two.
After heading into the back nine on level par, Willett produced birdies on ten and 11 before adding another on the 15th for a decent finish.
His first round on Thursday proved to be a struggle but Friday’s efforts will have delivered a significant boost to his confidence on a high-pressure weekend of golf.
Willett was set a target of a 28th place finish or better in China in order to overtake Rory McIlroy at the top of the European Order of Merit heading into next week’s season closer in Dubai.
While McIlroy is absent from this week’s Shanghai event, Willett’s current placing would not quite be enough to usurp the Northern Irishman atop the rankings.
Fellow Sheffield golfer Matt Fitzpatrick maintained his composure to shoot a one under par round of 71 and finish the second day tied for 12th on -5.
Bogeys on the first and tenth were the only blots on the 21-year-old’s copybook during a solid round.
He sits seven shots off current leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, who heads the field by three shots from round one leader Sergio Garcia.
Fiztpatrick tees off at 2.20am on Saturday alongside Francesco Molinari and Martin Kaymer while Willett is out at 1.10am with Emiliano Grillo and Louis Oosthuizen.
Willett can keep a close eye on South African Oosthuizen, who is one of four players who can leapfrog both he and McIlroy in the rankings with a second or better placed finish in Shanghai.
Oosthuizen tied for 28th on -3, Justin Rose is tied for 12th on -5, Branden Grace is tied for 35th on -2 and Shane Lowry is tied for 52nd on +1.