SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD:
GB & Irl unless stated -9 A Cabrera (Arg) -8 D McGrane -7 R Green (Aus), T Bjorn (Dan), T Jaidee (Tha), S Khan, P Lawrie Selected others:-6 L Westwood -5 R Fisher, G McDowell -4 P Mickelson (US), E Els (SA), I Poulter -3 P Lawrie +2 C Montgomerie
Cabrera leads the field by one shot at the half-way stage
Argentina's Angel Cabrera shot a second-round 68 to head the leaderboard at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
The Republic of Ireland's Damian McGrane is one shot back, while 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie is one of five players tied on seven under.
But Scotland's Colin Montgomerie missed the cut for the second successive year after carding 75 to finish on two over.
Phil Mickelson also looked in danger of missing the cut before a hole-in-one on his 14th hole rescued his round.
The world number two kicked on, picking up a further two more birdies to finish with a round of 67 and making it through to the weekend.
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Mickelson lights up Loch Lomond
"The hole-in-one kick-started my round, I was not doing much at that point," said Mickelson. "I was probably right on the edge of the cut but it gave me some momentum and I birdied two more holes.
"It went over the ridge in the green so I couldn't see it go in but all of a sudden everybody behind the green jumped up and it was great to see that."
World number six Els also finished on four under after a second round of 66.
"I had a very nice one going today and did not finish very well, five under with a couple of blemishes," said the South African.
"The course is there to be taken and I will need to shoot the lights out tomorrow to have any chance."
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, another of the players on seven under, needs a top-five finish to qualify for next week's Open.
Cabrera, who won the US Open last year, would have finished on 10 under but dropped a shot on the last.
"The end was a bit of a shame but it was a good round and I feel I'm in a good position going ahead to tomorrow," said Cabrera.
"I'm very comfortable with the greens."
Ian Poulter, meanwhile, will not be penalised after he was cleared of using bad language during his second round.
I'm not foul-mouthed, insists Poulter
The 32-year-old shouted out after a poor shot at the 10th and it was initially thought he had sworn, but Poulter insisted he had said: "Get to the hole you ponce."
He was later cleared by video evidence.
"I'm a bit disappointed it's been interpreted another way but I've not done anything wrong and I'm quite happy I've not said something I shouldn't have," said Poulter, who was also backed by playing partner Niclas Fasth.
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