James Morrison leads the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth by four shots after two rounds – but is still not favourite for the title.
That status goes to defending champion Luke Donald, who is tied for second with joint first-round leader David Drysdale.
Donald heads the market at 5/2 with Blue Square
, while Morrison is a general 5/1 chance and Drysdale 30/1.
World No 1 Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, endured a second successive missed cut. Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey joined him in heading home early.
Morrison, who switched to golf after playing for the England youth cricket team alongside Alastair Cook and Tim Bresnan, added a sparkling 64 to his opening 68.
The world No 236 jumped out of the shadows by following six birdies with a 25ft eagle putt on the 539-yard 18th hole.
His story is a remarkable one. The 27-year-old did not start playing golf until he was 16, but went from 18-handicap to scratch in 10 months.
That prompted him to give up cricket, his final game for Surrey Under-17s being an innings of 114 not out.
“I haven't really looked back,” he said. “Playing golf is better than standing in the field all day.”
But Morrison will turn down a place in next month's US Open if he wins the European Tour’s flagship title because he is due to become a father for the first time on June 11.
The US Open starts three days later in San Francisco and Morrison said: “I wouldn't go, unfortunately, as hard as it would be to turn it down.
“I don't want to think what would happen if I went. Divorce comes to mind.”