Crowded leaderboard in Agadir

As many as 17 players are within two shots of the lead heading into the weekend at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Richie Ramsay’s six-under-par 66 at Golf du Palais Royal was the low round of the day, and lifted him 51 places into a share of the lead on six under.

Starting from the 10th, the Scot produced a superb outward 31 that featured five birdies, and he added another birdie after the turn in what was a bogey-free round.

It was a welcome return to form for Ramsay, who had missed four cuts in five events to date in 2015.

“The last few months have been frustrating,” he told

“You just want to go out and play and I’ve had a few niggling injuries. I’ve just tried to stick to my guns and make sure I stretch and have a good practice routine. That builds up and slowly but surely it comes around and today was the day it happened. Hopefully it can stay for the weekend.”

Farr came through the Challenge Tour at the first attempt last year, but the 27 year old has finished no higher than 45th on The European Tour so far in his rookie campaign.

“It’s my first time here and it is absolutely fantastic to play in the King’s garden – it’s spectacular, that’s all I can say,” Farr said of the unique course which lies inside the grounds of the royal palace.

“This year has been great; each week there are new challenges. Dealing with everything is tricky but I’m enjoying it.

“Being in a share of the lead is great. It’s what we prepare for and practise for. We are only halfway through but hopefully I can be there on Sunday.”

Ramsay is joined at the top by Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who shot a second successive 69, Australian Richard Green, who had a 70, and Welshman Oliver Farr, who looked set to claim the lead on his own on seven under before a closing bogey dropped him back down. Farr eventually signed for a 68.

The quartet are just one shot clear of a group of five others – George Coetzee (72), Pablo Larrazabal (69) and English trio Richard Bland (70), Chris Wood (72) and Ben Evans (70).

Another eight players lie on four under, just two back, including David Howell (70), Anthony Wall (72) and Jaco van Zyl (71).

Further down the leaderboard there was disappointment for Andy Sullivan. A two-time winner on the European Tour this year, Sullivan was looking for a strong performance this week to earn a coveted Masters spot.

Unfortunately for Sullivan, rounds of 74 and 75 saw him miss out on the weekend – and a shot at Augusta.

Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fisher all missed out as well.