GRAEME Storm predictably failed to make the cut at the Johnnie Walker Championship – but the Hartlepool golfer went out fighting.
Storm was facing an early exit at Gleneagles once he carded a five-over-par 77 on Thursday.
It got even worse for the 36-year-old when he suffered a triple bogey seven at the 431-yard third.
That took Storm to eight over par and heading towards the bottom of the field at the European Tour event.
But the Poolie responded in brilliant style, sinking five birdies and just one bogey in his last 11 holes in Scotland.
He birdied the eighth before taking a four at the mammoth 618-yard par-five ninth.
Storm bogeyed the 11th for the second day running but he responded well, birdying the 14th, 16th and 18th for a one-under-par 71.
It was not enough to get him anywhere near the cut line (of three under par) but at least he showed what he is capable of and moved him up nine places to tie for 139th on 148 (four over par).
At the top end of field, Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez claimed a one-shot lead at the halfway stage.
On the Centenary Course which will host next year’s Ryder Cup, Gonzalez birdied his last five holes to card a second consecutive 65 for a 14-under-par total of 130.
Bernd Wiesberger, who had shared the overnight lead on Thursday, was one stroke back after a 66.