The 26-year-old from Dumfries subsidized up a bogey-loose 67 with a 69 at Albatross golfing hotel in Prague for an eight-under midway overall, sitting in a seven-manner tie for 7th at the back of Italian Edoardo Molinari .
Johnston, a -time winner on the undertaking excursion closing season, is 159th within the Race to Dubai after blowing hot and cold within the beginning half of of the marketing campaign, finishing 8th in the Kenya Open however missing 14 cuts.
“I played without a doubt well nowadays, overjoyed with the way it’s went the first days,” he said, having dropped just two shots in 36 holes. Commenting on his season, the previous Scottish Stroke-Play champion brought: “I played more than one events final year as properly, so that changed into pleasant to get a experience for it before popping out right here full time.
“However it has been a bit bit daunting at the begin for certain, stepping up on the tee with guys which you maybe watch whilst you’re younger on the TV. It’s definitely started out to calm down now and it became a great four-week spoil to mirror and get geared up for this stretch coming up.”
Scott Jamieson carded a second-spherical 67 for a 5-beneath general even as Richie Ramsay (71) and Bob MacIntyre (72) additionally made it through to the weekend as the cut in the end fell at 3-underneath.
On the project excursion, in-form Calum Hill is amongst 4 Scots sitting close to the lead at the midway stage inside the inaugural ISPS Handa global Invitational in Northern eire.
Searching for a 3rd win of the season that could comfy automatic promotion to the project excursion, Hill carded a two-under 68 at Galgorm fortress to sit down on six-under, one shot off the midway tempo.
Additionally to the fore inside the floor-breakling event are Craig Ross (5-underneath), Connor Syme (4-below) and Ewen Ferguson (3-under).
On the cease of an afternoon while play changed into not on time because of awful weather, Englishman Todd Clements leads on seven-underneath after a 2nd-round 66.
In the ladies’s occasion, which is being performed simultaneously at the identical publications, Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew sits four pictures off the lead, held by using domestic participant Stephanie Meadow and Marion De Roey of Belgium.
Alongside Matthew (74-71) on degree-par are Carly booth (72-73) and Charley Hull (73-72).
Main qualifier Connor McKinney misplaced on the ultimate to Italian Matteo Cristoni inside the final 16 within the Boys’ amateur Championship at Saunton.
In the meantime, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik, winner of the Helen Holm Scottish girls’s Open at Troon in advance inside the yr, is through to the semi-finals within the women’ novice at Panmure.