Philip Eriksson carded a fine second round of six under par 66 enabled to leap into pole position at the halfway point of The European Tour’s Qualifying School First Stage.
The Swede did not make a single bogey as he picked up six birdies to surge through the field and establish a one stroke lead over first round leader Adam Wootton and his fellow Englishman Matthew Daley at the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in Scotland.
Former Walker Cup player Jamie Moul is tied for fourth place on four under, alongside the Scottish duo of Paul Ferrier and amateur James White.
The top 17 players (and ties) at the conclusion of the fourth round on Friday at the Roxburghe will progress to Stage Two.
For many players in the field, Thursday’s third round will represent their last chance to stay at the Qualifying School, with those players finishing the round more than seven strokes behind the leader being eliminated from the competition that carries the ultimate prize of a place on The 2014 Race to Dubai.