Michael Hoey fired a second round 66 at Kingsbarns to stay within touching distance of the leaders at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The 2011 tournament winner is 10 under par, five shots behind leader Tom Lewis, ahead of Friday’s round at the Old Course, St Andrews.
“There’s great feelings to be back at a tournament you have done well at before. I love the golf courses; Carnoustie, Kingsbarns. It doesn’t get any better and we’ve been lucky with the weather,” said Hoey.
Former Open Champion Darren Clarke is a shot further back on nine under after a flawless second round six under 66.
Ballyclare’s Gareth Maybin made a significant move up the leaderboard with a seven under par 65 at St Andrews that included a run of six birdies in seven holes.
Shane Lowry is also on 10 under after a 66 at St Andrews while European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley had a 68 at Kingsbarns to lie six under.
Simon Thornton is a further shot back following a 70 at St Andrews, where David Higgins hit a 71 to finish one under.
Damien McGrane (65) is four under while Padraig Harrington (66) and Peter Lawrie (69) are two under - all three played at Carnoustie.