G-Mac roars into frame with Open just around the corner
Graeme McDowell is delighted to be right back in form and in the mix for Scottish Open success after a second successive stunning 66 at Gullane.
G-Mac is eight under par, three shots off the lead held by Daniel Brooks.
The man from Portrush was pleased to make a breakthrough after a barren spell.
"This is what I have been grinding towards the last few months, getting myself on the leaderboard in the weekend," he said.
"I've missed this. It's fun to be hitting it as solidly as I am.
"I had a quieter day on the greens, but a stronger finish. It all adds up to the same.
"I'm happy with where I'm at but it's still a work in progress."
McDowell is looking good ahead of next week's Open at St Andrews, carding six birdies and two bogeys, and is one of six players tied for second, including Shane Lowry and defending champion Justin Rose.
Michael Hoey posted six birdies in a 65 to equal the best round of the day and leave the Belfast player five under.
Hoey recorded birdies at the second, fourth, fifth and sixth holes, with only a dropped shot at the ninth marring his outward nine. He picked up further shots at the 12th and 14th.
Padraig Harrington is four under following a 68.
Meanwhile, Rose's tee shot on the 16th hit an elderly spectator on the head and caused a teenage fan to faint at the sight of the resulting blood.
Rose said: "I was pretty concerned walking up there and seeing there was someone on the ground, but he took it like a trooper and was talking to me so that was slightly reassuring."