Andrew Oldcorn, the sole Scottish survivor heading into the final two rounds of the £1.35m Senior Open, survived the cut at Carnoustie despite seeing his putter turn cold.
That club had been the main reason the Edinburgh star returned to winning ways in Germany after a five-year drought on the over-50s circuit – but it didn’t behave on the second day in Angus.
“I played 100 per cent better today – miles better than yesterday,” insisted the 56-year-old after dropping shots at the last two holes but comfortably progressing to the weekend on two-over after rounds of 72 and 74.
“However, I putted so badly. I had one single putt and two-putted every other green. It was horrendous and I’m off to the putting green to try and figure it out.”
Among the players sitting between Oldcorn and the halfway leaders, Japan’s Kohki Idoki and Joe Durant of the USA, is Jesper Parnevik, who is chasing a Swedish hat-trick on Scottish soil.
Alex Noren, of course, sparked the Scandinavian success in the home of golf when winning the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart a fortnight ago before Henrik Stenson followed that up with his Open victory last Sunday at Troon.
“I hurt my back about a month ago, so I didn’t know what to expect this week,” admitted Parnevik, a two-time runner-up in The Open iself, after following up an opening 70 with a 68 to sit one behind Idoki (70-67) on six-under.
The 1993 Scottish Open winner added: “It’s probably Stenson inspiration and Scottish because I always love coming here and I love this type of golf.”
So, too, does American ace Mark O’Meara, who reached the halfway stage just two off the pace as he bids to add this title to a 1998 Open victory at Birkdale. “Any win is a good win, but this one would be very special,” admitted O’Meara, who made his 30th Open appearance last week and made the cut, something he’s failed to achieve just six times.