Ernie Els will likely head into his British Open title defense on the back of a missed cut after another frustrating round at the Scottish Open left him 10 shots off early second-round leader Chris Doak on Friday.
With the Castle Stuart links course there for the taking on another glorious day in the Highlands, Els shot a 2-under 70 to follow his even-par first round.
''I had no idea on these greens - I'm glad I'm leaving,'' Els said. ''I just didn't quite get the run of the course.''
The last Scot to win his home event was Colin Montgomerie in 1999 - but Doak has a chance to end that barren run after shooting a second straight 66 to move to 12 under. Peter Uihlein is a shot adrift in second place after recovering from an early double bogey to shoot a 66.
Overnight leader John Parry (8 under) was among the afternoon starters, along with eighth-ranked Phil Mickelson (6 under).
Els was a late entrant into the tournament as he sought some links practice ahead of Muirfield - where ...