Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera led by seven shots at one stage in his second round at Jumeirah Golf Estates, but that was reduced to three.
The battle for the Race to Dubai title is hotting up nicely at Jumeirah Golf Estates, where Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the way.
A closing eagle three put Rory McIlroy in the running after the first round in Dubai on Thursday, with Mike Lorenzo-Vera one shot ahead.
Jumeirah Golf Estates is a happy hunting ground for Rory McIlroy, who is in the mix again in Dubai.
Bernd Wiesberger has the upper hand in the Race to Dubai but Tommy Fleetwood, winner in 2017, is hot on the Austrian's heels.
A new caddie will be assisting Rory McIlroy in Dubai as the world number two aims to finish an outstanding 2019 on a winning note.
Jon Rahm claimed a fifth European Tour title in record time as he never looked like letting a commanding lead slip in Madrid.
Jon Rahm took just 28 shots on the back nine to put himself firmly on course for back-to-back Open de Espana titles.
Day two at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid saw the Spaniards bask in the spotlight, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Adri Arnaus starring.
Jon Rahm is an ominous presence, but Kristian Krogh Johannessen leads the Open de Espana after 18 holes.