Scottish Open: Top Scot Calum Hill says it is a 'treat' to be playing

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Hill is leading Scot at halfway stage of Scottish Open
Scottish Open second-round leaderboard
-14 E Van Rooyen (RSA), B Wiesberger (Aut), L Slattery (Eng); -12 H Stenson (Swe), N Bertasio (Ita); -11 G Migliozzi (Ita), A Otaegui (Spa), L Gagli (Ita), K Samooja (Fin), J Thomas (US)
Selected others:-10 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), I Poulter (Eng), C Hill (Sco); -9 D Horsey (Eng), O Wilson (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal), A Sullivan (Eng)
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Calum Hill says it is a "treat" to be playing at the Scottish Open, far less to be the leading Scot at the halfway stage at The Renaissance Club.

The Kinross native - who came through a 36-hole qualifier at Longniddry last week - is 10-under par after posting seven birdies in a blemish-free round in East Lothian.

He sits four shots off the lead and is one of five Scots to make the cut.

"It's brilliant. I'm happy to get off to a good start," he said.

"When you're not making bogeys, you just plod along picking up one here and there and it ends up being quite a few under par.

"It's nice to perform well in your home event and even being here is a treat for myself, not being on the Tour full time. I just need to continue as I have been over the next two days."

Of the 15 Scottish players competing, Scott Jamieson (-8), Grant Forrest (-7), Richie Ramsay (-7) and David Drysdale (-5) also progress.

Ramsay, 36, posted a second-round 70 and is targeting one of the three places at next week's Open Championship at Royal Portrush up for grabs for those who finish in the top 10 and have not yet qualified.

"My goal is to aim high," the Aberdonian said. "Get in contention and then if you miss the main prize, which is winning, to scoop one of The Open spots would be a lovely bonus.

"If you can get out on fresh greens in the morning, throw a low round in there and the wind gets up then you can vault. That's the great thing about links golf."

Compatriot Robert MacIntyre, 22, admits he could not rise to the occasion of playing in the feature group with Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler in his first Scottish Open.

MacIntyre missed the cut by a stroke after matching Ramsay's second-round 70 for a four-under halfway total.

"I struggled with the putter. It's just one of those days," he said.

"It was brilliant to play with the two guys. Rory made it look so easy out there. I was just trying to get wee snippets out of them and learn every step of the way."

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