Justin Rose on the move at the Scottish Open

Justin Rose shot a nice 68 to put himself in the mix
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Justin Rose is the brand name tucked in nicely behind a trio of others.

Ricardo Gonzalez shares the lead at the halfway stage of the Scottish Open, despite a horror finish to his second round.

The Argentine appeared set for a comfortable lead but double-bogeyed the final hole to drop back to six-under par. That was enough to share the lead with Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden and home favourite Marc Warren.

It was Englishman Justin Rose who was the big mover on day two though, with his 68 propelling him into fourth spot.

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy suffered another horror Friday, while Scotland's Russell Knox suffered a late meltdown. Knox was the headline maker on day two at Royal Aberdeen.

Playing on home soil for the very first time as a professional, the 29-year-old recorded two eagles in his opening six holes.

After making a double-bogey at the 9th, he bounced back with birdies at the 10th and 12th only for a costly six at the 13th to halt his momentum.

So began a treacherous end that saw the Scot fail to par any of the final six holes. Knox dropped eight shots before getting into the clubhouse on level par for the tournament.

It was a day to forget for two-time Major winner McIlroy, after his course record on Thursday.

The sublime ball striking of the first round was gone and he stumbled to a 78 - an incredible 14 shots worse than his opening round.

The warning signs were there early for McIlroy, with a bogey at the opening hole. However, it was on the back nine that things really came apart for the Irishman.

Five dropped shots from the 10th left serious questions hanging over McIlroy's course management once more.

The wind was steadily picking up throughout day two and some of the earlier starters were unsurprisingly taking advantage to make forward moves up the leaderboard.

Justin Rose was among the morning players and, after his recent win in America, the 2013 US Open winner is now playing with renewed confidence.

Just one bogey on the day, at the 5th, means Rose is nicely positioned going into the weekend , one behind the leading trio.

Marc Warren was another home contender making ground on day two. After an opening 67, he carded six birdies on day two to share the lead.

Shane Lowry is another who will feel he's in contention heading into the weekend. After five birdies in the first seven holes, the former Irish Open winner climbed 60 places courtesy of his 68, and sits in tied 8th on -2.

Mikko Ilonen, winner in Ireland last month, was rewarded for his patience on Friday.

An eagle at the 12th and birdie at the 15th, along with 16 pars, allowed the Finn to move into the top ten (on -3) at the end of Friday's second round.

Given his record around Hoylake, plenty will be monitoring Ilonen as potential Open Championship dark horse.

The tough conditions on Friday afternoon meant some big names were contending near the cut line.

With the lead held at eight-under, the cut was on course for one-over par but a late reprieve was delivered for some.

Ernie Els was a couple under par early is his round but fell back to +2 and along with another former Open champion, Paul Lawrie, just made the weekend.

No such luck for Lee Westwood who could only add 73 to his opening round of 72, missing the cut on three-over par.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will not recall the closing holes in Aberdeen fondly.

After finishing bogey, double-bogey on Thursday he dropped a further five shots on the final three holes in round two to post six-over par.

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