SCOTLAND slipped ten shots behind leaders United States after the second round of the World Cup of Golf in Australia.
Just four off the pace at the start of the day at Royal Melbourne, Stephen Gallacher and Martin Laird now have a fight on their hands in their bid to repeat the 2007 victory claimed by Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren.
Gallacher signed for a level-par 71, following four birdies with a bogey straight afterwards on each occasion.
It lifted the Lothians star three places into a joint-35th in the individual event, the main focus in a revamped $8 million event this year.
Laird, who had opened with a four-under 67 to sit joint-second, dropped a shot at the last for a 72 to slip down to fifth.
USA stepped up their bid to retain the title by opening up a three-shot lead over Denmark at halfway. Matt Kuchar carded a 68, one better than team-mate Kevin Streelman. Dane Thomas Bjorn, who followed his opening 66 with a 68 to sit on eight-under, leads Streelman by one in the individual event.
Australia’s Jason Day and Ricardo Santos from Portugal are joint-third on four-under.