Adam Scott is well-poised to break his career Major drought, with the Australian reaching the halfway mark of The 141st Open Championship in outright second position.
The overnight frontrunner teed off on Friday (local time) having watched Brandt Snedeker usurp him at the top of the leaderboard, but Scott put together another strong performance to cement his place at the right end of the field.
Beginning with a bogey-five at the third hole, Scott composed himself and fought back with four birdies over the final 12 holes to record a round of 67. He now sits at nine under the card overall, just a stroke behind Snedeker.
American Snedeker scored a superb six-under 64 to climb to ten under the card and post the equal best 36-hole lead in British Open history. Four birdies on the front nine and a further two coming home helped Snedeker to a handy advantage heading into moving day.
Tiger Woods looms as a serious threat in outright third position at six under following a second consecutive 67.
Thorbjorn Olesen is fourth at five under the card following a round of 66.
The next-best-placed Australian is Greg Chalmers in a share of 15th at one under.