Barclay Brown remains the frontrunner for the illustrious honour, holding a three-shot lead over his nearest rival after following up Thursday’s 68 with a two-under 70.
But the 21-year-old, who won the 36-hole Final Qualifying tournament at Hollinwell, faces stiff competition from Italian Filippo Celli - the reigning European Amateur Champion.
Celli produced a bogey-free 67 to rise up the leaderboard while Sam Bairstow and Aaron Jarvis are also through to the weekend after the making the cut on level par.
And Brown is not getting ahead of himself despite being in pole position for the Silver Medal, insisting he just wants to keep on playing conservative golf on his Open debut.
Second Round Nerves
“It was a lot different to yesterday, the golf probably wasn’t quite as solid,” said the Englishman. “I was a little scrappy but I managed to fight hard and get a good score in.
“It was a little shaky but there was a lot of good stuff again and it was a great finish. I just wanted to keep hitting as many good shots as I could and keep it safe.
“You can play to the open areas and it might be a little tougher to score, which I think I found when I played a little safe at times, but I managed to get some birdies at the end.”
Brown had a shaky start to his second round, bogeying the 2nd and 4th, but recovered with birdies on the 5th, 8th and 9th holes to go out in 35 on the famous Old Course.
It was a similar story at the beginning of his back nine, following bogeys on the 11th and 14th with three birdies in the final four holes to ensure he led the Silver Medal contenders.
He added: “I knew it would be difficult but I knew I was playing some good golf and fortunately I managed to put a good couple of days together at the right time.
“I’m absolutely buzzing [to be here for the weekend]. I was not ready to go so I’m over the moon that I get to be here for another two days. My friends and family seem pretty pleased.
“I don’t think they enjoyed today as much as yesterday with a few squirrely moments on the course but it was a good finish and I’m sure we’ll have a good afternoon.”
On the Silver Medal, he said: “That remains the main goal for the weekend. That’s really the goal coming into the week but I just want to go out and hit as many good shots as I can.”