France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera enjoys a share of the halfway lead with South Africans George Coetzee and Justin Harding at Doha Golf Club.
All three players have carded consecutive rounds of 68 on the opening two days to reach eight under par, a shot ahead of England's Oliver Wilson, South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen, Spain's Adri Arnaus and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura.
There was huge disappointment for Irishman Gavin Moynihan who missed the cut despite being just three shots off the lead midway through his round.
After bogeying his second, Moynihan hit three birdies and an eagle to complete the front nine. However, it all went horribly wrong on the return, as five bogeys and three pars consigned him to a two-over 73, one shot outside the cut mark.
Working with Justin Parsons on his swing and fitness coach Kev Duffy on the physical side of the game has paid dividends for Lorenzo-Vera, but the 34-year-old revealed a different mental approach could make the biggest difference.
"We've been working really hard on the swing to make it consistent, we've been working very hard mentally with my psychologist and Justin told me I needed to be more strong and precise on my physical preparation for the swings," Lorenzo-Vera told Sky Sports.
"Kev Duffy helped me a lot to do that and then had a great chat last week with my psychologist. She's been kicking my a** because I don't believe in myself and the fact that I can win so I'm coming here and just thinking about the trophy."