Robert MacIntyre has justified his position as pre-tournament favourite by claiming a share of the halfway lead in the British Masters.
Western Australia's Min Woo Lee also enjoyed a fine afternoon in Thursday's second round, shooting a five-under par 67 to claw back into the hunt.
Scotland's MacIntyre produced golf which would not have looked out of place on his beloved PlayStation as he birdied the first five holes of his second round at The Belfry on his way to a superb second round of 66.
That took the 24-year-old left-hander alongside fellow Scot Calum Hill and English veteran Richard Bland on seven-under, with 2018 winner Eddie Pepperell, Julien Guerrier and Justin Harding all on six-under.
"I was in free flow," MacIntyre said of his flying start, which only came to an end after a tee shot into the water on the sixth. "I hit a couple close but the putter was working. For me it felt beautiful.
"That could have been a crazy score. I still missed quite a few chances but that's golf. If I can shoot 66-66 at the weekend playing like that you would take that."
Asked if he had felt the pressure of being the top-ranked player in the field this week, the world No.45 added: "Not at all. After this, I will hit a few balls, might grab room service and then I bring my PlayStation everywhere I go, so I will be on that for a couple of hours with my pals.
"Taking that with me is a huge stress reliever. I feel sorry for the people that are next to me (in the hotel) because it's half eleven at night, no matter the tee time, and I'm roaring with my pals on the headset."
At 48, Bland is twice MacIntyre's age and admits it would be a dream come true if he could win his first European Tour event at the 478th attempt at such a famous venue.
"It would mean everything, especially at my age," said Bland, who has yet to record a single bogey on the Brabazon course which has staged four Ryder Cups.
Perth's 22-year-old Lee, who won his first European Tour title at the Vic Open last year, made up for his disappointing opening round of 75 with six birdies as he moved on to two-under overall, five shots behind the leaders in joint-26th place.
He was set to be the only Australian to make the cut after Maverick Antcliff had a second consecutive round of 73 to be well off the pace in joint-75th at two-over and Jake McLeod (74) and Wade Ormsby (73) both ended at three-over.