Miguel Angel Jimenez, playing in a record 707th European Tour event, was five shots off the lead after the second round of the English Open on Friday.
The 56-year-old Spaniard, who carded an opening 64, added a second round of 72 at the Forest of Arden course.
At the top of the leaderboard was England's Sam Horsfield, who fired an eagle and seven birdies in a second round of 63, and Spain's Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Both are 13 under par for the tournament.
Garcia Rodriguez birdied the last two holes to add a 69 to his opening course-record 62 as the 31-year-old looks to mark his rookie season on the European Tour with a victory.
"The key yesterday was the putter, today it was difficult with the irons to get it pin high because it was so windy, but I'm so happy with my round today," said Garcia Rodriguez.
Horsfield and Garcia Rodriguez have a three-shot lead over Belgium's Thomas Detry.
Leading second round scores at the English Open in Birmingham on Friday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 72):
131 - Sam Horsfield 68 63, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez (ESP) 62 69
134 - Thomas Detry (BEL) 67 67
135 - Alexander Bjork (SWE) 68 67, Antoine Rozner (FRA) 68 67
136 - Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 69 67, Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 64 72, Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 67 69, Oliver Farr 65 71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 67 69
137 - Wil Besseling (NED) 67 70, Cormac Sharvin 70 67, Richie Ramsay 69 68, Kalle Samooja (FIN) 68 69, Callum Shinkwin 68 69, Grant Forrest 69 68, Rasmus Hojgaard (DEN) 66 71