Michael Hoey and Gary Hurley continued their run of good form in the D+D REAL Czech Challenge.
Hoey—who tied for 11th in the Rocco Forte Open - Verdura, Sicily—made an eagle and five birdies in a four-under 68 to trail Sweden's Oscar Lengden by four shots in a share of sixth.
The leader used a new putter to good effect as he fired the best European Challenge Tour round of his career, an eight-under-par 64, to lead by one from Frenchman Thomas Linard at Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora.
Hurley, who was 23rd in Sicily, shares 17th on three-under after a five-birdie 69 while Kevin Phelan and Cormac Sharvin are tied 27th after fine 70s.
Mount Wolseley's Gavin Moynihan is inside the cut line with a 71 but Mount Juliet's Stephen Grant, who was level after nine, took a triple bogey seven at his 12th hole and dropped three more coming in as he posted a 78.
D+D REAL Czech Challenge, Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora (Par 72)
64 O Lengden (Swe),
65 T Linard (Fra),
67 T Pulkkanen (Fin), L Robinson (Eng), J Suri (USA),
68 Michael Hoey (Nir), C Blomstrand (Swe), N Geyger (Chi), J Guerrier (Fra), P Maddy (Eng), N Lindstrom (Swe), B Eccles (Aus), J Cafourek (Cze), J Garcia Pinto (Esp), F Bergamaschi (Ita), S Fernandez (Esp),
69 J Thomson (Eng), N Johansson (Swe), C Sordet (Fra), C Bull (Eng), Gary Hurley (Irl), M Ovesen (Den), E Di Nitto (Ita), J Senior (Eng), C Doak (Sco), Š Zach (am) (Cze),
70 B Virto (Esp), R Enoch (Wal), J Lando Casanova (Fra), Cormac Sharvin (Nir), V Perez (Fra), J Barnes (Eng), N Cullen (Aus), C Mivis (Bel), J Kunzenbacher (Ger), A Pavan (Ita), R McGowan (Eng), R Santos (Por), M Kinhult (Swe), Kevin Phelan (Irl), E Johansen (Nor), D Gaunt (Aus), J Zunic (Aus), C Braeunig (Ger), M Fenasse (Fra), O Rozner (Fra), M Baldwin (Eng), M Madsen (Den),
71 C Koepka (USA), Gavin Moynihan (Irl), B Rusch (Sui), R Davies (Wal), P Tarver-Jones (Eng), M Lundberg (Swe), P Eriksson (Swe), S Heisele (Ger), A Zemmer (Ita), M Schneider (Ger), G Watremez (Bel), S Benson (Eng), J Vecchi Fossa (Ita), R Kellett (Sco), G Forrest (Sco), M Lampert (Ger), O Farr (Wal), M Laskey (Wal), S Jeppesen (Swe), B Neil (Sco), M Galiano Aguilar (Esp),
72 S Brown (Eng), D Foos (Ger), O Suhr (Den), A Meronk (Pol), M Lafeber (Ned), A Rai (Eng), O Wilson (Eng), C Del Moral (Esp), R Saxton (Ned), F Daux (Fra), S Hutsby (Eng), L Sbarigia (Ita), E Goya (Arg), J Hansen (Den), B Åkesson (Swe), R McCarthy (Aus), P Whiteford (Sco), D Suchan (Cze), J Zuska (am) (Cze),
73 O Lieser (Cze), F Maccario (Ita), P Dedek (Cze), C Bezuidenhout (RSA), M Trappel (Aut), R Echenique (Arg), J Dean (Eng), D Dixon (Eng), C Griffiths (Eng), V Riu (Fra), J McDonald (Sco), P Valasek (Svk), K Johannessen (Nor), T Lawrence (RSA), I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp), J Doherty (Sco), T Santos Silva (Por), J Girrbach (Sui),
74 C Ford (Eng), A Turner (Eng), J Sarasti (Esp), A Velasco (Esp), L Vaisanen (Fin), P Gal (Cze), G Porteous (Eng), O Lindell (Fin), A Altuntas (Tur), J Friesz (Svk), F Mruzek (Cze), A Wennstam (Swe), T Shadbolt (Eng), C Berardo (Fra), N Ravano (Ita), D Van Driel (Ned), A Schwartz (Fra), M Brezovsky (am) (Svk),
75 J Carlota (Por), A Korinek (Cze), M Ford (Eng), R Hjelm (Den), M Kramer (Ger), L Tintera (Cze), N Schellong (am) (Cze),
76 H Casey (Eng), S Connor (Eng), R Evans (Eng), B Hellgren (Swe), P Howard (Eng), F Praegant (Aut), J McLeary (Sco), C Lawrie (Sco), S Hodgson (Eng), G Migliozzi (Ita), R Kumpost (am) (Cze),
77 K Eriksson (Swe), P Mejow (Ger), J Osorio Valencia (Esp), T Murray (Eng), M Zapletal (am) (Cze),
78 M Pastor (Esp), J Bower (Eng), Stephen Grant (Irl),
79 J Allan (Eng), L Galliano (Sui),
81 S Piaget (Mon), J Wrisdale (Eng), R Gruber (Aut),
83 E Kemaloglu (Tur)