Jon Rahm moved serenely into the outright lead on day two at the Mexico Open at Vidanta as the Spaniard goes in search of landing his first victory since the 2021 US Open.
Rahm, who is now second in the Official World Golf Rankings following the recent rise of Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, carded a second-round 66 to move to 12-under par for 36 holes in Mexico.
The six-time PGA Tour winner leads by two shots over Alex Smalley (66).
Patrick Reed (66), Adam Long (66), Andrew Novak (67) and Cameron Champ (66) find themselves three shots adrift on 9-under par.
England's Aaron Rai continued his recent impressive play in his first year on the PGA Tour with a second-round 69 and he moves up to 8-under par.
Rahm is bidding to win his seventh PGA Tour title but his first since landing his maiden major title at the 2021 US Open last June.
The former World No.1 has been left to rue a cold putter for much of the PGA Tour season so far, ranking well down the list in the strokes-gained putting statistic.
But Rahm has clearly been working on his stroke since a tie for 27th in his last start at The Masters as he has rolled home 13 birdies and eagle so far this week.
Rahm ranks eighth in strokes-gained putting (4.078) so far this week and if he maintains that sort of performance on the greens then he is likely going to be very tough to beat over the weekend.
Reed will also be looking for a return to the winners circle with the American's last victory coming back at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open... in that controversial week on the PGA Tour.