Golf: BIRDIE BLITZ GIVES ALLY'S ARMY HOPE; BARCLAY'S SCOTTISH OPEN SECOND ROUND ACTION Forsyth Fans Banking on Home Victory

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Byline: By LEE WEST

ALASTAIR Forsyth believes he can become the first Scot to win at Loch Lomond for six years, but says the job is only half done.

The 29-year-old put himself in a superb position after a sizzling second-round seven-under-par 64, including nine birdies and two bogeys, for a 132 total.

He is now two shots off the pace being set by Maarten Lafeber of Holland and one behind Angel Cabrera of Argentina.

Forsyth, who was backed by a big home support, said: " I know I can win it. There's no doubt about that.

"But if I start thinking that I'm definitely going to win this, then have another nightmare day tomorrow, I will be gutted so I'm just going to try keeping doing what I've done so far this week."

Undoubtedly, though, the Paisley man - in joint third position with Ulster's Darren Clarke and Jonathan Lomas of England - is in with a real chance of emulating his fellow-Scot Colin Montgomerie's win in this event back in 1999.

Monty himself had a round of 69 for a five-under total, but all eyes were on Forsyth, who said: "Shooting 64 was great but I'd be more than happy to just put four solid rounds together.

"The way things have gone this year, I'm just as likely to shoot a 77 tomorrow, so I'll just be trying to do what I've been doing so far this week.

"One of the reasons I haven't won for so long is that I haven't managed to string those four good rounds together.

"The way this season has gone I have been struggling with one thing or another. I haven't even had a top 10 this year, so I'm not daft enough to expect to win it.

"Obviously, it would mean more to me to do well because it is my home tournament. It's hard enough to win anywhere these days but it is extra nice to do well in your homeland.

"The fact that the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson are here makes it special too.

"When my game is good, I can compete against the best. Doing it consistently is what I lack.

"I had a chance to win one of the biggest tournaments at Valderrama last year and lots of people said I was unlucky, but I did not put four good rounds together.

"I had three in the 60s and a 74 or 75. …